Friday, August 4, 2017

IN DETROIT, IF YOU'RE A FELON, JUST RUN FOR MAYOR.

The city of Detroit has been through a lot in the last decade: skyrocketing crime, bankruptcy, pension haircuts, and an exodus of residents and businesses. The city emerged from bankruptcy in 2014 and is scraping by.  For the first time since...

Half of candidates for Detroit mayor are convicted felons

The city of Detroit has been through a lot in the last decade: skyrocketing crime, bankruptcy, pension haircuts, and an exodus of residents and businesses.
The city emerged from bankruptcy in 2014 and is scraping by.  For the first time since then, the city will hold a primary contest for mayor – eight candidates, all Democrats, of course, will vie for two spots on the ballot in November.
What makes the Detroit mayoral primary perhaps unique in American history is that fully half of the candidates are convicted felons – two of whom were convicted of attempted murder.
Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit's primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.
Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.
Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle. It's not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.
"Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges," said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. "They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position."
"Not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general"?  Two candidates convicted of attempted murder isn't "unique"?
Yikes.
In 1977, Pitts was convicted of receiving and concealing a stolen 1977 Oldsmobile. She was sentenced to a year of probation.
A decade later, she was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and two firearm offenses in connection with two separate shooting incidents on March 24, 1987, Detroit Recorder's Court records say.
According to transcripts, Pitts was involved in a shootout with the owner of a collision shop and auto clinic on Greenfield in Detroit in a dispute over a repair bill.
A shootout?  City council meetings are going to be very interesting if she is elected.
Fellow candidate Danetta L. Simpson has a 1996 felony conviction out of Oakland County for assault with intent to murder.
The 46-year-old former cosmetologist and salon owner has made past bids for state representative, Detroit's school board and City Council. Her prior interaction with the criminal justice system, she said, has fueled her desire to seek public office. Simpson said she represents a "new spirit" for Detroit.
"I was a wrongfully convicted felon, overcharged for a crime I did not commit," said Simpson, a mother of four, who contends the witness in the case "lied on me."
According to court records, Simpson pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit murder – any term of years up to life in prison – in exchange for dismissal of a firearms offense.
Incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan holds a comfortable lead over the field, with the son of a former mayor, state senator Coleman Young, Jr. in second.  It doesn't appear that any of the felons has much of a chance of making it to the November ballot.
But it is often said that the people get the government they deserve.  I don't know if anyone deserves having to make a choice between felons and crooks.



The convict candidates: HALF of the hopefuls running for Detroit mayor have records for range of crimes including attempted murder, assault and drug possession

  • Four of the eight mayoral hopefuls in Detroit are convicted felons
  • Candidate Donna Pitts, 58, was convicted of assault after cops say she got into a gun fight over an auto repair bill 
  • Danetta L. Simpson, 46, candidate for Mayor, was convicted of assault with attempt to murder after an altercation led to her firing a round at a woman
  • Candidate Curtis Greene, 32, was busted for evading police and pot, he was put on probation and violated it and was sentenced to six months in jail
  • Articia Bomer, 45, another hopeful, was convicted of felony gun possession in 2009 

Half of the candidates for Detroit mayor are convicted felons.
Four of the eight hopefuls who hope to face off in the election on November 7 have been busted on various felony crimes including attempted murder, assault, weapons and drug charges according to the Detroit News
Two of the candidates, Donna Marie Pitts, and Danetta L. Simpson, were both charged with attempted murder.
Mayoral hopeful Pitts, 58, exchanged fire with the owner of a collision shop in a dispute over a repair bill. 
Donna Marie Pitts was charged with attempted murder, she was convicted on an assault charge
DaNetta Simpson was convicted of assault with attempt to murder
Both candidates Donna Marie Pitts and DaNetta Simpson were charged with attempted murder, Pitts was convicted on an assault charge, Simpson was convicted of assault with attempt to murder
Candidate Christopher Greene was sentenced to six months in jail after he violated probation on drug charges
Mayoral hopeful Articia Bomer was convicted of a felony weapons charge
Candidate Christopher Greene was sentenced to six months in jail after he violated probation on drug charges. Mayoral hopeful Articia Bomer was convicted of a felony weapons charge 
Pitts in 1987 was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted her of the lesser offense of assault. She ended up serving four years and eight months behind bars.
Before that in 1977, Pitts was convicted of receiving and concealing a stolen 1977 Oldsmobile. She completed a year of probation.
Simpson, 46, has a 1996 felony conviction for assault with attempt to murder. She claims she was wrongfully convicted.
Shocking moment father, 44, is brutally beaten by a gang of youngsters after asking them to stop smoking marijuana on a Dallas trainm

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Father is brutally beaten by a gang of youths after asking them to stop smoking marijuana on a Dallas train



This is the shocking moment a 44-year-old father was beaten by a gang of youngsters on board a Dallas train after asking them to stop smoking marijuana.
Kennan Jones was attacked by the group on Sunday as they rode towards Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas. 
He had asked them to stop smoking marijuana on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit train. 
The group included young men and women who punched him and threw him against the train's doors before arriving at the station.  
Some of them pushed off the handle poles to kick Jones from the air. 

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This is the moment a gang of youngsters attacked a 44-year-old man on a Dallas train after he asked them to stop smoking marijuana
This is the moment a gang of youngsters attacked a 44-year-old man on a Dallas train after he asked them to stop smoking marijuana
This is the moment a gang of youngsters attacked a 44-year-old man on a Dallas train after he asked them to stop smoking marijuana 
The group pushed Kennan Jones (right in checked shorts) against the train doors to beat him 
The group pushed Kennan Jones (right in checked shorts) against the train doors to beat him 
Once the train had come to a stop, they spilled out on to the platform. 
One of the young women then hit Jones in the head with a skateboard as he lay reeling on the ground.
She calmly walked away from him afterwards with the skateboard still in her hand. 
A fellow passenger filmed the attack and shared the footage with DFW, CBS's local station in Texas. 
In the video, at least one other passenger tries to intervene but it slapped away.  
Jones was taken to hospital after the incident but has since been released. He had visible facial injuries when he spoke to the network.  
Once at the train station, the group spilled out onto the platform where they continued to attack Jones
Once at the train station, the group spilled out onto the platform where they continued to attack Jones
Once at the train station, the group spilled out onto the platform where they continued to attack Jones
One of the young women in the group hit the man in the head with a skateboard as he lay lying on the ground
One of the young women in the group hit the man in the head with a skateboard as he lay lying on the ground
One of the young women in the group hit the man in the head with a skateboard as he lay lying on the ground 
'Everything just went from 0 to 100. I’m just very happy to be here… happy to hug my kids,' he said. 
The man said he tried to recoil during the attack and told the gang: 'OK, OK. Y'all win,' but they persisted. 
Victim Kennan Jones suffered facial injuries
Victim Kennan Jones suffered facial injuries
When the young woman hit him in the head with the skateboard, he said he blacked out. 
Police are investigating the incident and the footage. 
The man said he was angry the train driver did not do more to stop the attack. 
'To me, they saw enough to be, to stop that moment and say, "We’re not going nowhere until police coming,"’ he said. 
DART spokesman Mark Ball apologized for the man's ordeal. 
'I’m so sorry it happened to him and I apologize for that. 
'For him to have stood up for DART and our policies and then to be hurt by that is a tragedy.' 
The incident happened on board a DART train in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday 
The incident happened on board a DART train in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday 


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Rap legend Kidd Creole, 57, is charged with 'stabbing to death' a homeless convicted rapist in NYC because he thought he was 'hitting on him'

  • Rapper Kidd Creole was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death in New York
  • The 57-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, has been charged with murder
  • The homeless man was found stabbed on a sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night
  • Police say Glover had gotten into a fight with the homeless man
  • Creole rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Rap legend Kidd Creole has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a drunk homeless man to death in New York.
The 57-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was taken into custody in the Bronx before being charged on Wednesday night. 
The homeless man, identified as John Jolly, was found stabbed on a sidewalk in Midtown just before midnight on Tuesday.
Police say Glover got into a fight with the 55-year-old man.
Glover reportedly thought Jolly, who is a convicted rapist, was hitting on him, sourced told the NY Daily News
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Rap legend Kidd Creole has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death in New York. He is pictured here by Pix11 in handcuffs on Wednesday night
Rap legend Kidd Creole has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death in New York. He is pictured here by Pix11 in handcuffs on Wednesday night
Kidd Creole
John Jolly
Rap legend The Kidd Creole has been arrested over the stabbing murder of a homeless man John Jolly, 55, on Tuesday night
The homeless man was found stabbed on a sidewalk in Midtown just before midnight on Tuesday (above)
The homeless man was found stabbed on a sidewalk in Midtown just before midnight on Tuesday (above)
'He turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him. One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest,' the source said.
Authorities responding to a 911 call had initially thought the man was passed out drunk until they saw he had suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest. 
The man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Glover, who works as a security guard and handyman in the area, was tied to the stabbing via surveillance footage
'They had no prior relationship. They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss,' a police source told the NY Daily News. 
Police said the victim was well known to authorities with 17 prior arrests to his name, including rape and sexual assault, CBS reports.  

Rap pioneer Kidd Creole arrested for stabbing homeless man

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Throwback: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are pictured in 1984. Kidd Creole is seen far right
Throwback: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are pictured in 1984. Kidd Creole is seen far right
Glover was one of the members of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - a hip hop group founded in the Bronx in the 1970s.
The group rose to prominence in the 80s and are credited as being one of the most influential hip hop acts.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. 
Glover was arrested in 2007 for possessing a knife and for possessing a gun in 1995 and 1982.
Glover, AKA The Kidd Creole, was one of the members of hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Scorpio, Melle Mel, Kidd Creole and Raheim (left to right) are pictured here being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007
Glover, AKA The Kidd Creole, was one of the members of hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Scorpio, Melle Mel, Kidd Creole and Raheim (left to right) are pictured here being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007
Kidd Creole seen performing in 2007 has been arrested in New York


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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rose to prominence in the 80s and are credited as being one of the most influential hip hop acts
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rose to prominence in the 80s and are credited as being one of the most influential hip hop acts

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Watch: Group of Teens Brutally Attacks Another Group at a Massachusetts Dock




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Police in Massachusetts seek help for more information after video surfaced of a group of teenagers approaching another group and proceeding to viciously attack them — seemingly for no reason.
Cellphone footage shows black teenagers approach a group of white teenagers on a dock at Marina Bay and begin to punch and kick members of the group.
Per Daily Mail (U.K.), the attackers also spit on the victims.
The victims all escaped their attackers, who fled the scene before police arrived.
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Teens in stolen car crash who were filmed going up to 100mph before deadly smash that killed three had a whopping 126 arrests between them as police release clip of fiery accident


  • Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after they crashed a stolen car in Palm Harbor, Florida, Sunday around 4am

  • The car, a Ford Explorer, was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light
  • It hit another driver, flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road
  • Car then burst into flames; the driver of other car survived with minor injuries

  • Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in stolen car - he was injured and taken to hospital
  • Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, were arrested in another stolen car
  • They were not involved in crash and tried to run away before they were caught 
  • All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the cars Thursday 

  • It was revealed all teens had an extensive criminal record - totaling 126 arrests

  • Local police released the fiery video of the accident on Monday

  • The surviving teens could face possible murder charges over the incident 
Several teenagers who were involved in a deadly crash after stealing two cars, had a whopping 126 arrests between the six of them.
Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car.
Keontae Brown's younger brother Keondrae, 14, was also in the car but survived after the vehicle was launched into the air before bursting into flames in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday morning.
They were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game with Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, who were in a second stolen car, police said. 
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths, as new reports reveal the teenagers had 126 arrests between them.
Police released video from the horrific car accident on Monday, revealing the final moments of three of the boy's lives.
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Keontae Brown, 16, (pictured) Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashing into another car in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday
Jimmie Goshey, 14
Jimmie Goshey, 14
Keontae Brown, 16, (left) Jimmie Goshey, 14, (center) and Dejarae Thomas, 16, (right) all died after crashing a stolen car in Palm Harbor, Florida, on Sunday
Kamal Campbell, 18, (pictured) and Deyon Kaigler, 16, were in a second stolen car that didn't crash. Keondrae Brown, 14, survived the first car's accident. Between the six teens, they had 126 arrests
Keondrae Brown, 14
Deyon Kaigler, 16
Kamal Campbell, 18, (left) and Deyon Kaigler, 16, (right) were in a second stolen car that didn't crash. Keondrae Brown, 14, (center) survived the first car's accident. Between the six teens, they had 126 arrests 
The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash
The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash

Video shows fiery crash that killed 3 teens in Florida

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was frustrated with the city's juvenile system after disclosing the teens' extensive criminal record that included several auto theft charges, reported the Tampa Bay Times
Campbell, the eldest of the boys, had a total of 27 arrests dating back to 2013 on charges that included armed robbery, cocaine possession and grand theft.
Kaigler had 20 arrests, Thomas had 15, and Keontae Brown had 16 arrests.
Goshey and Keondrae Brown, the group's youngest members at 14 years old, had 27 and 20 arrests, respectively. One of the missing arrests was not provided. 
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Gualtieri said the county had 'a serious problem and something else needs to happen,' before proposing that the boys should face more serious charges, such as murder.
Keondrae Brown and Kaigler are being held at a juvenile center for a maximum of 21 days and are both accused of grand theft auto.
Campbell, who is an adult, is being held at a jail on a $25,000 bond. 
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured
Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center 
Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center 
All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole a Ford Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Gualtieri said Sunday morning at a press conference.
He called the three teens who died 'prolific offenders' and said the incident was 'an unfortunate continuation of the epidemic of juveniles engaging in the deadly game of auto burglary and auto thefts', WFLA reported.
Adults who knew the boys said they warned them that their reckless behavior would end in tragedy, all before Sunday's accident.
Tina Webber, who is friends with Kaigler's mother, said she cautioned Kaigler and Keontae Brown just last week.
Webber said to the Tampa Bay Times: 'I looked them right in the eye and said, 'Keep stealing cars, and you're going to wind up dead or in prison.
'These kids are going to keep dying, whether they're dying in a car or in prison. Because they're young and dumb and don't know nothing.'   
Keontae Brown, 16, is pictured. He died in the crash Sunday morning
Dejarae Thomas, 16, is pictured. He also died in the crash
Two other teens were arrested Sunday morning. The six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. Pictured are Keontae Brown (left) and Thomas (right)
Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured
Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured
The boys stole the two cars from an auto dealership on Missouri Avenue in Clearwater, police said. 
The cars weren't spotted again until around 1am Sunday, but officers were unable to apprehend the drivers. When the officer approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them. 
Gualtieri said the sheriff's office does not pursue stolen vehicles.
Police eventually put up a perimeter, but they were unable to find the stolen cars.
Officials claim that before the teens were spotted again at 4am, they smoked marijuana before committing a string of burglaries throughout subdivisions in Safety Harbor and Oldsmar. One of the boys was allegedly armed. 
Around 4am, a deputy saw the cars again, this time playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, Gualtieri said, where the cars would speed up and slow down.
A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)
A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)
The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)
The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)
The Explorer was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light and hit a car driven by 29-year-old Ricky Melendez at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road.
The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames.
Melendez was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be fine, WTSP reported.
The stolen Sebring was not involved in the crash and drove away from the scene. 
They were later taken into police custody.
The three deceased teens all have extensive criminal histories, with one who was released from jail as recently as last week.
Gualtieri said the teen in the hospital and the two in custody are expected to be charged, the Bradenton Herald reported.
The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it  hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames
The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames
The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light
The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light
A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them
A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them

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