NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: 1,000 Cops Nationwide See Licenses Revoked Over Sexual Misconduct & Sex Crimes | Roland Martin Reports

NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: 1,000 Cops Nationwide See Licenses Revoked Over Sexual Misconduct & Sex Crimes

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REPORT: Nearly 1,000 Cops Nationwide See Licenses Revoked Over Sexual Misconduct

 

A shocking year-long probe by The Associated Press has found that about 1,000 officers in cities across the U.S. have had their licenses revoked over a six-year-period on charges of sexual misconduct.

Charges range from accusations of “rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.”

Roland Martin and NewsOne Now discussed the findings of Associated Press’ alarming report of the firing of 1,000 police officers for sexual assault and other sex crimes.

Black Lives Matter Affiliate #AUCShutItDown Protest During The Unveiling Of Hillary Clinton’s Criminal Justice Reform Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled her plan for criminal justice reform at Clark Atlanta University this past Friday.

During her address at the HBCU, Clinton was interrupted by a group of activist affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement called #AUCShutItDown.

On Monday, Roland Martin talked with Avery Jackson, one of the #AUCShutItDown protesters, onNewsOne Now about the disruption to Clinton’s address and about the groups goal in interrupting the the Democratic frontrunner as she was laying out her plan for criminal justice reform.

Jackson told Martin, “We wanted to disrupt the process of the exploitation of Black cultural value.”

He later added, “She (Clinton) hasn’t really centered Black lives in her agenda and that is a problem to us.”

The #AUCShutItDown activist also explained they “wanted to pressure Hillary Clinton to not only use rhetoric behind closed doors,” stressing that “those conversations behind closed doors are not the same conversations she’s having in the public platform for the [African] American agenda.”

NewsOne Now panelist Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders Of A Beautiful Struggle, agreed with the premise behind the action.

“I think these transactions that they keep calling for that Hillary is probably going to talk about — all the things that Democrats have said over the past twenty, thirty, forty fifty years, that young people are done with,” said Jackson.

He continued, “I think that it’s important that we figure out how to move past the rhetoric and figure out how to get substantive change — ’cause I think that young people see through that.”

Jackson then criticized Clinton for the narrative being painted during the event at Clark Atlanta University saying, “She has a bunch of Black people standing behind her, with Black students rallying for her, talking about Black Lives Matter — her husband drastically expanded the prison industrial complex when he was president of the United States and there is no reason to believe she’s not going to do anything different.”

Thousands Riot At UC Berkeley, Incident Is Called A Brawl

Over this past weekend, a riot involving 3,000 to 5,000 individuals near the University of California, Berkeley campus resulted in three arrests and one hospitalization.

The extremely large altercation also resulted in property damage and is being considered a “fight,” despite an officer from the Berkeley Police Department saying there were “reports of guns and knives” being used during the brawl.

Lt. Andrew Rateaver, an on-duty watch commander with the Berkeley Police Department, was quoted as saying he “wouldn’t go so far as to call it a riot.”

According to ABC News, “Officers dispatched to the vicinity of Channing Way and Piedmont Avenue around 12:30 a.m. found an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people “milling about” the area – which is near numerous sororities and fraternities as well as the University of California, Berkeley campus.”

On Monday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discussed the altercation involving thousands and how the incident is being spun to say those involved were fighting – not rioting.

Martin told the NewsOne Now discussion panel, “It’s amazing how many media folks ignored this story.”

“Please convince me that if three to five thousand Black folks lost their minds, there would not be wall-to-wall coverage,” said Martin.

NewsOne Now panelist David Swerdlick, Assistant Editor at The Washington Post, told Martin, “There would certainly be arrests and it would clearly be handled differently.”

Jamira Burley, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International USA, said, “You’re not going to have police officers arresting Berkeley students because their parents probably have money and also probably know how to call up someone to get a favor.”

Later during the segment, Martin threw a jab at a certain Fox News host, saying, “Surely Bill O’Reilly is going to question where are their fathers and mothers, how did they raise them in terms of them out there acting a fool.”

“Surely he is going to say, ‘This is a breakdown in the family of these three to five thousand rioting there at Berkeley,’” Martin said.

Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, reminded viewers of how discriminatory policing practices impact African-Americans, “They are set up to see White people as individuals expressing themselves and rioting and destroying property,” whereas Black people are viewed totally differently.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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