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Let them eat at the government utopia school

“Students and parents protested Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approach to integration in Manhattan earlier this summer.”–New York Times

Bill de Blasio’s crack squad at the New York City School Diversity Advisory Group recommends eliminating gifted and talented programs to promote “equity and excellence,” in the mayor’s words.

The large-headed, long-odds 2020 presidential candidate and his socialist Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (above) want to desegregate NYC public schools, the most selective of which require an entrance exam, the SHSAT.

The advocacy group SunsetSHSAT, whose homepage states “denying the harm in using a single multiple-choice exam as the sole measure of a child’s academic worth with the mountains of scientific evidence we now have is similar to denying global warming,” transcribed some of Carranza’s wisdom from a February 12 town hall (source link below), notable for its concern the SHSAT has not been evaluated by a “psychometrician.”

Besides phasing out GOT G&T over the next five years, the SDAG advised de Blasio should not consider lateness or attendance in evaluating prospective students for the “elite” public schools and redesign [the] competitive high school admissions process to ensure that high schools reflect the racial and economic make up of their boroughs.

Carranza, who New York Times admits did not develop any significant integration policies of his own during his first year on the job, cackled in February he’s skeptical that “over 35% of students [are] designated as gifted and talented,” and “that is far beyond the percentage of gifted and talented that, from a statistical perspective, should be found in the population.” (data not shown, apparently)

An April poll of New York City voters found 63 percent favor admissions changes to boost diversity, and 57 percent say to scrap the sole entrance exam in favor of considering other factors for admission.

Interestingly, the white and Asian constituencies the mayor “risks alienating” by implementing the recommendations may already have bailed, per the following poll, in which Vox decides Asian voters are not “people of color” (our emphasis):

According to an April Quinnipiac University poll, […] De Blasio’s approval rating is 31-58 percent among white voters, 33-44 percent among Asian voters, 40-40 percent among Hispanic voters, and 66-23 percent among black voters. In other words, de Blasio does poorly among white New York voters. Among voters of color, it’s a different story.

According to New York Times, de Blasio dodged commentary on the SDAG report during an MSNBC interview last week.

The city seems to be trending up, given the belated removal of killer cop Daniel Pantaleo from the NYDP earlier this month, a mere five years after he strangled Eric Garner to death on camera.

However, their prison security seems wanting. After already-convicted, minimally-punished sex offender Jeffrey Epstein “hanged himself” in an unusually violent fashion on August 10 while awaiting trial for alleged sex trafficking, the Metropolitan Correctional Center had to send not one, but two malfunctioning surveillance cameras from outside his cell to the FBI for analysis. (While not even a functional video recording of Garner’s homicide was enough to immediately remove Pantaleo from duty, Epstein’s death, cracked hyoid and all, was dismissed as a homicide solely on the medical examiner’s testimony, without any video evidence.)

Accused quadruple murderer Nicholas Tartaglione, who we spotlighted earlier (below), was rooming with Epstein when the disgraced financial manager first sustained “neck injuries” back in July. This may have been an earlier suicide attempt, but Epstein reportedly told his attorney Tartaglione was responsible. Tartaglione’s attorney told the federal judge his guards have strongly advised the ex-cop to keep his chiseled jaw shut about the night of Epstein’s demise.


Food fight!!!

Guards at border detention facilities, apparently short on burritos, allegedly threw rations (still partially frozen) on cell floors for child prisoners to violently divide among themselves during their 8 to 10 day confinement in Texas and California lockups.

Some other highlights from Washington state’s AG investigator Alma Poletti, whose team interviewed teenagers detained by Customs and Border Protection, then “placed” by Refugee Resettlement (part of Health and Human Services) over the past year, include reports of twelve children packed into a 10 by 14′ cell; younger children being threatened by guards and stashed in “small metal cages” or a “dark room” (solitary confinement) for perceived misbehavior; fluorescent lights and air conditioners rolling 24 hours daily; “roll call” every three hours during the night; blanket confiscation at 4:00 AM; and, when one girl was allowed a shower, being afforded only “a paper towel” to dry herself. The toilets did not have soap, but one did have a CCTV camera pointed at it.

The older girls were introduced to America’s patriarchy, charged with keeping the younger children quiet to avoid punishment. Although a teenage boy interviewed by Poletti had no small child charges, his cell was just 7 by 12′ and had twenty-six occupants.

Trump deflected concerns of cruelty at a recent press conference, waxing, in part, that “when they realize the borders are closing […] they won’t come and many people will be saved.”

CBP confirmed to CNBC that those temporarily detained are not being given flu vaccines, although the virus has contributed to killing three of them in the past year.

American children untouched by border conditions are facing off their own orchestrated injustice in the ongoing school lunch shaming, this time in New Jersey. Cherry Hill School District’s new proposal proposes a sort of caste system to recoup over $14,000 in outstanding “lunch debt”: balances less than $10 (about three meals) will not have Collections sicced on the parents at all. More than $10 but less than $20 will relegate students to a tuna fish sandwich, vegetable, fruit and juice or milk. Students owing over $20 will not be served; this policy has always been in place, but not enforced, per Assistant Superintendent Lynn Shugars, who also told Philadelphia Enquirer peanut butter was eschewed as the forced option for the 10 to 20 crowd because children “would…happily eat peanut butter and jelly.”

About 20 percent of the district’s students are eligible for free lunch or reduced prices.

USDA’s National School Lunch Program reports that although participation in the subsidy is at a 13-year low, [i]n 2018, school cafeterias served nearly 5 billion lunches, with nearly three-quarters of the lunches free or at a reduced price.

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Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 24–Eric Garner Update

The homicide of Eric Garner by Daniel Pantaleo of New York Police Department in 2014 has been well-documented. Mr. Garner was pawning “loosie” cigarettes, and the big brass sent out their foot soldiers to exact revenge for lost revenues.

Multiple conservative commentators have linked Garner’s death, which unfolded on camera and (thus far) without any indictment of the perpetrators, to New York City law enforcement plugging a hole in the bucket of spoils from their record-high tobacco tax.

(According to USA Today, Sergeant Kizzy Adonis was disciplined internally for the charge of “failure to supervise.”)

Who keeps the screws on law enforcement to maintain public accountability? The Civilian Complaint Review Board. And according to New York Times, they cut loose one of their own when unflattering details of Mr. Pantaleo were apparently “leaked” to the public who provide his paychecks (see end of this post–yes, he is still being paid).

The employee, who was not identified, was a junior staff member who had worked at the agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, for less than a year. The person had not been involved in investigating any of the misconduct cases in the disciplinary records of Officer Pantaleo, which were published this week by the liberal news site ThinkProgress. The employee resigned on Thursday after being faced with the prospect of being fired.

“After a swift and thorough internal investigation, the Civilian Complaint Review Board identified the employee who was the source of the leak,” Jerika Richardson, senior adviser and secretary to the board, said in a statement. “As of today, that individual no longer works at C.C.R.B.”


[CCRB] also confirmed for the first time that the records, which showed that the officer faced no stronger punishment for abusing his authority than retraining and the loss of two vacation days, were authentic.


The leaked records showed that the review board had found enough evidence to substantiate four claims that Officer Pantaleo had abused his authority, two of them related to a 2012 street stop and the other two related to a vehicle stop and search in 2011.

[our emphasis]


Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 22–ATF Smuggles Ciggies, Succeeds Where Eric Garner Could Not

ThinkProgress, recipient of the leak, had much more:

Officer Daniel Pantaleo via ThinkProgress

Before [Pantaleo] put Garner in the chokehold, the records show, he had seven disciplinary complaints and 14 individual allegations lodged against him. Four of those allegations were substantiated by an independent review board.


The documents indicate that the CCRB pushed for the harshest penalties it has the authority to recommend for all four substantiated allegations: charges that aren’t criminal, but “launch an administrative prosecution in the NYPD Trial Room,” according to the CCRB, and can result in suspension, lost vacation days, or termination. But the NYPD, which is not required to heed the CCRB’s recommendations, imposed the weakest disciplinary action for the vehicular incident: “instruction,” or additional training.

It also diverged from the CCRB’s stance on the 2012 stop and frisk. While the NYPD found Pantaleo guilty of unauthorized frisking, it cleared him of making an abusive stop. Instead of eight forfeited vacation days, per the CCRB’s recommendation, Pantaleo only had to forfeit two.

[our emphasis]

The documents also show allegations that Pantaleo refused to seek medical treatment for someone in 2009, hit someone against an inanimate object in 2011, made abusive vehicular stops and searches on two separate occasions in 2012, and used physical force during another incident in 2013.

“Substantiated complaint” appears to mean that CCRB actually had evidence to collaborate the complaint. To review: Pantaleo had four substantiated complaints investigated by CCRB, and while the maximum penalties were recommended, NYPD ignored the board.

A single “substantiated complaint” is both rare and serious:

It is rare for the CCRB to substantiate complaints at all: Only 5 percent of complaints made to the CCRB were substantiated in 2011, when the agency first recommended charges against Pantaleo. Similarly, only 9 percent of complaints were substantiated in 2012, when the CCRB again recommended charges against him (in the past decade, 2012 was the year with the lowest number of complaints filed).


To trigger an official investigation […] complainants have to give an investigator an in-person statement.

Conveniently for NYPD:

At the center of the dispute is a section of the New York civil rights code that the city’s lawyers say protects certain officer information: Section 50-a. According to the code, “All personnel records used to evaluate performance toward continued employment or promotion, under the control of any police agency or department of the state… shall be considered confidential and not subject to inspection or review without the express written consent of such police officer…”

As we will see, Pantaleo may not have been promoted, but has earned a raise since killing Garner.


NYPD used to be forthcoming about internal officer activity. For over four decades, it published daily “personnel orders” about goings-on within the department, from promotions to disciplinary actions. The information was posted in precincts and made available to reporters via the deputy commissioner for public information’s office.

The city stopped sharing that information in 2016, saying this longstanding practice was also in violation of 50-a.


By way of criminal prosecution, NYPD reportedly kicked the Pantaleo case to the federal Justice Department, which is still investigating:

[T]he Hill reported that Sessions informed civil rights activists on March 7 that the investigation will proceed.

As of September 2016, Pantaleo was on desk duty without a firearm. Awaiting his fate, he received a raise last year. His 2016 salary was $119,996 — a 14 percent increase from what he was making when he killed Garner.


Interestingly, still-higher cigarette taxes will take center stage in this November’s mayoral election.

New York Times:

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged his support on Wednesday [April 19] to a series of initiatives to cut tobacco use, proposing to raise the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes in New York City to $13 and vowing to sharply reduce, over time, the number of stores that may sell tobacco products.

Raising the minimum price of a pack to $13, from the current $10.50 minimum, would make New York the most expensive place in the nation to buy cigarettes, city officials said.

The goal, Mr. de Blasio said, is to persuade or coerce 160,000 of the 900,000 New York City residents who smoke to stop doing so by 2020.

(Even the left-wing Times is now using the word “coerce” to describe regressive penalties on the lifestyle choices of predominantly poor and less-powerful people.)

Many of the initiatives had been on Mr. de Blasio’s desk for well over a year before he took action, to the consternation of public health and antismoking activists who feared that the city was failing to build on earlier gains.

“What we’re here today talking about is saving lives,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, who appeared with the mayor at a news conference at the Midtown Manhattan offices of the American Heart Association. “We want to make it easier to quit and harder to smoke.”

It’s definitely harder to smoke if your dealer for the best bargain ciggies is killed on camera without impunity for the city enforcement. Not only do you not get your cancer sticks; you also have to worry that you might be next.

De Blasio’s new program would also set “minimum prices” for tobacco products and cut down on the 9,000 current authorized NYC tobacco outlets to just 6,000 over 10 years.

Health officials presented Mr. de Blasio with a similar package of measures in the second half of 2015. In March 2016, he said in a television interview that he would unveil anti-tobacco initiatives within weeks. More than a year passed before his announcement on Wednesday.


“We were balancing a lot of factors,” he added. “It was a question of sequencing everything.”

Asked when the City Council would pass the bills, Mr. de Blasio said, “The sooner the better.”

An interesting choice of words. The mayoral election is in six months.



“The mayor has delivered the farthest reaching police and criminal justice reforms of any mayor in the city’s history, including a commitment to equip all patrol officers with body cameras by 2019,” Austin Finan, as mayoral spokesman, told ThinkProgress. “We’ve been unequivocal about the need for greater transparency and urge advocates in favor of greater, lawful transparency to join us in that fight.”

In January, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kevin Richardson told the New York Times, “Going forward and working collectively with the Law Department, we will figure out the parameters of how we can regularly disclose the information as regularly as possible, while 50-a exists.”

Mayor de Blasio’s office, for their part, told ThinkProgress they will “continue to advocate for a change in the law.”

For the Mayor’s sake, hopefully the public deception will stay intact until at least November 8.

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