Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph A. Mensah Won't Face Charges For Jay Anderson Jr.'s Homicide

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office decided not to charge Wauwatosa Police Officer Mensah for the June homicide of Jay Anderson Jr. at Madison Park.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 7, 2016

Wauwatosa, WI - The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office announced that Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph A. Mensah will not be charged with the June 23, 2016 homicide of Jay Anderson Jr. Officer Mensah shot Anderson multiple times while he was inside a vehicle.
The investigative agency of the shooting, the Milwaukee Police Department determined that Wauwatosa Police Officer Mensah had reasonable justification in killing Anderson when he lowered his arms. Mensah told investigators that he feared for his life after noticing a handgun next Anderson in the front seat in his vehicle.
The Anderson's family attorney confirmed that police have not released any photos of the gun in the front seat. A dash camera video from Officer Mensah's squad shows when he fired multiple shots at Anderson when he lowered his arm.
Anderson had been sleeping in his vehicle at the Madison Park when Officer Mensah approached and woke him up. According to the police report, Mensah called for backup, but failed to back off from Anderson's vehicle to wait for other officers.
The Anderson family has requested a federal investigation into Jay's homicide. Wauwatosa Police Officer Mensah was not wearing a body camera at the time when killed Anderson and no witnesses to shooting were present.
Officer Mensah was involved in a previous shooting death as well. On July 16, 2015, Officer Mensah fatally shot Antonio Gonzales, 29, after he approached Officer Mensah and his partner wielding a sword. The Milwaukee District Attorney's Office didn't charged Mensah for Gonzales homicide.
The Milwaukee County Examiner's Office classified such officer related fatal shootings as homicides. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office later determines, whether the homicides involving police officers were justified.

Santos L. Martinez Wanted In Connection With Dragging A Waukegan Police Officer With Vehicle At Gas Station

Martinez fled the scene, but dragged a Waukegan police officer with a stolen auto at a gas station.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 7, 2016

Waukegan, Illinois - On Wednesday, the Waukegan Police Department (WPD) released the identity and a booking photo of Santos L. Martinez, 18, who dragged a Waukegan police officer as he hanged on a vehicle door. The officer is one of multiple officers who attempted to take Martinez into custody at a gas station located at the 900 block of Grand Ave. Martinez was driving a stolen four-door 2005 gray Volkswagon.
None of the officers fired a shot at Martinez even when he used the stolen vehicle as a weapon.
According to a press release, the WPD obtained a warrant for Martinez who dragged an officer this past weekend. The WPD is actively looking for Martinez.  He is wanted on $250,000 felony warrants for Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. The WPD considers him to be dangerous.  

News video clip of Santos L. Martinez dragging a Waukegan police officer

Update: Waukegan police detectives arrested Santos L. Martinez on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. Martinez was spotted on foot by detectives at the intersection of Washington Street and Fulton Ave., according to Waukegan police.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

DAPL, The Black Snake Is Dead In N. Dakota, Obama Denied Final Easement Permit To Drill Under The Missouri River

The White House has confirmed that Obama has ordered for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the final easement permit to the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River in Cannon Ball.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 4, 2016

Cannon Ball, N. Dakota - On Sunday, the White House has confirmed that President Barack H. Obama has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the final easement permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which the easement denial certainly will kill the Black Snake before it crosses the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. Obama's decision ensures that DAPL is dead stopped under his administration and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won the battle to keep the fresh water Missouri River clean for 18M people along the river.
President-elect Trump's administration will inherit the Standing Rock #NoDAPL issue in 2017. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies have succeeded in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the final easement to DAPL and for an environmental impact evaluation to be done, which will takes months to finish causing a financial burden to DAPL. 
The Morton County Sheriff's Office, the N. Dakota governor, N.D. State Patrol, assisting law enforcement agencies from 9 states and the N. Dakota national guard will nowork be facing possible federal lawsuits for their illegal acts against Native Americans and allies during the #NoDAPL protests and peaceful prayer ceremonies.
The State of N. Dakota has spent more than $10M in protecting DAPL interests and allowed excessive use of force to be used by law enforcement agencies.
The #NoDAPL movements around the nation and in N. Dakota, which had received very little news coverage by the main stream medía have now killed DAPL, the Black Snake in Cannon Ball.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official press release

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

By U.S. Army,
December 4, 2016
Army POC: Moira Kelley

The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."
Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.

Statement by the Oceti Sakowin Camp Headsmen Council in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press release announcing to deny DAPL an easement to drill under the Missouri River:

"We are excited by the news that the easement is not going to be granted. We hope that in all future endevours the United States government will honor its words and provide meaningful consultation with tribal nations regarding ancestral home lands. Our hearts are heavy for those who sacrificed themselves and endured a great difficulty in order to protect the water and land for our future generations."

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (SLP) respond to the statement from the Department of the Army. Both ETP and SLP confirmed that they are committed in finishing the pipeline, despite delays.

The Standing Rock Healer & Medic Council respond to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers statement about not granting final easement to DAPL

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II now says, it's "time to go home," the DAPL pipeline has been stop and won'the go under the Missouri River (Lake Oahe)

Editors note: From the beginning, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) decided to report the atrocities that the corrupt Morton County Sheriff's Office, assisting law enforcement agencies from 9 states, the State of N. Dakota, the N. Dakota State Patrol and the N. Dakota national guard have committed against Native Americans and allies. HNNUSA will continue to report about events and news making incidents that other media outlets decide not too.

U.S. Army War Veteran Stands With Standing Rock And Condemned Use Of Violence By Police Against Native Americans

Statement released and posted by Zooniya Ogitchida in his Facebook account, a U.S. Veteran at Standing Rock. Ogitchida reflects his moment at the front line just across the Backwater Bridge near the Oceti Sakowin Camp. More than two thousand Veterans will be at Standing Rock these week to engage in a peaceful protest, prayer ceremony and to protect water protectors from abusive violence by law enforcement officers including the Morton County Sheriff's Office.

The following is Ogitchida's statement, "I walked up to the frontline, wearing my ACU top (uniform), with my Sergeant rank, my name tape, U.S. Army and flag. behind me there was hundreds and hundreds of water protectors. I wanted to walk up alone, so I did. As I walked up they begun to take their positions. Some sheriff captain and a few other officers came to greet me. I stood there on top of a barrier concrete divider, looked at all them Police/sheriffs. in front of me Concertina razor wire, around me... burnt ashes and wet abandoned clothes. I said to them,
"I am a 10 year, 2x war veteran. I am not a protestor, I am an Ogitchida, I am here to protect these people from you. I am a defender of the Constitution. I came to see this for myself. I seen the rubber bullets, I seen the gas, I seen the attack dogs, I seen the water at freezing temperature. I seen the riot gear and the violence inflicted on so many U.S. Citizens. I seen how you've been mistreating my people. I am the first of many warriors to come."
"Then what looked like to me a thousand water protectors came walking up behind me to the front line.
"As I stood there on top of the concrete divider with the razor wire, I said, "If you're going to shoot rubber bullets, shoot them at me, at this uniform."
"The captain and the other officers said to me they appreciated my service. I said, "I wish I could say the same."

#NoDAPL #VeteranStandingRock

Posted on December 4, 2016 courtesy of Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Kosciusko Community Center Is A Public Facility Contrary To "Not Public Per-se" According To Milwaukee County Employee

Media was not allowed to news video record at the Kosciusko "Kozy" Community Center during the water filter give away to local residents.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 2, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, some media outlets including Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) were not allowed to news video record at the Kosciusko "Kozy" Community Center, 2201 S. 7th Street during a water filter give away to local Milwaukee area residents who still have fresh water toxic lead laterals connected to the City of Milwaukee water main. The water filters were being given out as a bandage fix from the City of Milwaukee for residents as a first come, first serve basis, who reside in homes that still have the toxic lead laterals.
Media outlets were not allowed to news video record inside the building unless they received permission, but they could only record the legs and feet of those residents waiting in line to get their free water filter because the facility was not public per-se, according to a Milwaukee County worker.
To date, the KCC has not been privatized and is a County run facility. The Milwaukee Parks officials were contacted for comment concerning the issue that the KCC is "not public per-se."
Paula Johnson-Boorse, the Sr. Executive Assistant to Director John Dargle, Jr. from the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture released the following statement,  "Kosciuszko Community Center remains a public facility, however, we also serve the community though a variety of membership-based programs and recreational opportunities. Many of these members are children and teens who use the facility for after school programming and tutoring. Because these minors, or more accurately their parents and guardians, have not all given permission for their likeness to be filmed or used, we ask that filming in the facility only take place in areas that are in use by the public, and not our membership base.
"We commend the efforts of the community organizers to distribute water filters for those who have a need for them and would be happy to accommodate filming in the areas of the building that area accessible to the public."
According Johnson-Boorse, the KCC is a public facility and the lobby would be considered an area where video recording could have been allowed, since it was not an area of youth activity. Apparently, the Milwaukee County worker wasn't well informed regarding the policy and banned video recording where permitted.
12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West on the contrary questions Johnson-Boorse's statement that the Kosciusko Community Center is actually a public facility, since the KCC has denied people access to use the restroom. According to Supervisor West, the KCC doors are locked and people must have a paid membership to get access to use the restroom at the County facility. West stated, "I've bought a membership for an elderly gentleman, Ricardo Dorantes, so he could use the rest room there. Its private with public access. If it wasn't, why are the doors locked?"
Not allowing Milwaukee taxpayers, local residents or even homeless people access to a restroom at the KCC draws questions about accessibility for those in need to use the rest room. It is illegal to urinate or defecate at the park grounds or in public, but when in need of an emergency, what would be the alternative for people, some might argue.
The restroom restrictions issue is problematic for others as well within the City of Milwaukee, many businesses post signs that restrooms are for customers only, but in reality as a business licensed by the City, it should have restrooms accessible to the public.
Currently, there is no County resolution or City ordinance restricting the public from using restrooms at County facilities or businesses in Milwaukee.
Supervisor West and other public elected officials can actually bring up the issue to the County Board and the Milwaukee Common Council to enact policy (resolution/ordinance) that rest rooms in County facilities and local businesses in the City of Milwaukee should be available to the public when opened.

Video of incident where a Milwaukee County worker restricted video recording

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Milwaukee Civil Rights, Farm Worker Rights And Education Activist Clementina Rocha Castro Passed Away

Rocha Castro was instrumental along with other Milwaukee Latino residents in the early 1970's in struggling for civil rights, farm worker rights and higher education for Latinos in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

December 1, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Clementina Rocha Castro, 83, was born into internal life and is remembered for her civil rights activism during the Latino community struggle for reforms in the early 1970's, that led to higher education opportunities for Latinos, jobs and enforcement of farm worker rights in Wisconsin. Rocha Castro was among a group of Latino women known as the "Adelitas" that included the late Marla O. Anderson, Maria Ortega and others who marched and put themselves in the front lines along side with Latino male activists in the civil rights movement.
Rocha Castro along with the Adelitas marched from Milwaukee to the Madison with hundreds of Latinos/as to support migrant farm worker rights and enforcement of existing migrant farm laws. Rocha Castro and the Adelitas including more than 500 educational activists were also instrumental in eliminating the discriminatory barriers that kept Latino students from enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on August 27, 1970. That historical incident is known as the "UWM Chapman Hall Takeover" which was led by the late Roberto Hernández, Ernesto Chacon, the late Dante Navarro, Armando Orellana and Jesus Salas who is still active in the struggle for Latino civil rights and immigration reform today.
Rocha Castro was a co-founder of La Causa Day Care in Milwaukee.

Funeral services: Visitation on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., remembrance at 7 p.m. at the Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, 3275 S. Howell Ave.
Also, visitation on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lady of Guadalupe Church, 613 S. 4th St., following interment at the Forest Home Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Water Filter Give Away Left Thousands Of Milwaukee Residents With Toxic Lead Laterals Empty Handed

The first batch of free water filters were distributed in the Southside, which left thousands of local residents empty handed to prevent toxic fresh water lateral poisoning.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 30, 2016

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, the W.I.C. office at the Sixteen Street Community Health Center at the 1300 block of S. César E. Chavez Drive drew huge lines of local Southside residents trying to get a free water filter to prevent toxic lead lateral poisoning. According to a posting at the Southside W.I.C. office location, the water filters were being distributed at two Southside locations. On Tuesday, the filters were distributed at the W.I.C. office location on S. Chavez Drive for Southside residents and on Wednesday, the filters will be distributed at the Kosciusko Community Center at Kozy (Kosciusko) Park for Northside residents.
The only problem with the water filters is that they don't 100% stop any lead poisoning in fresh water and the other issue, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) confirmed that no notice was placed or circulated in the Northside where most of the Afro-American community resides to let them know that they would have to travel to the Southside to get their filters on a first come, first serve basis.
Robert Miranda, a FLAC member stated, "Many poor people with transportation issues in the Northside will find it hard to get to Kozy."
More than 70,000 homes still remain with toxic lead laterals connected to the City of Milwaukee fresh water main. FLAC and state public officials want for the City of Milwaukee to replace all the lead laterals, but Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to commit resources to get rid of all the toxic lead laterals.
According to Miranda, FLAC wants for the city to pay for the removal of all the toxic lead laterals, since the city government created the problem by approving installation of such laterals in prior years. City officials have known for decades that lead particles have been found in the drinking water and have kept quiet and stalled any action to remove lead laterals for years.
The water filters won't prevent lead poisoning and FLAC considers that Mayor Barrett has refused to consider any reasonable plan to get funding for the immediate removal of all lead laterals within city limits.

Milwaukee surrounding suburbs with toxic lead laterals (Source: WISN):

• 90% of the homes in Shorewood

• 32% of homes in South Milwaukee

• 30% of homes in Cudahy

• 38% of homes (19K) in West Allis

• 65% of homes (15K) in Wauwatosa 

Update: Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, hundreds of people from the Southside area showed up at the Kosciusko (Kozy) Community Center on S. 7th St. to get their free water filters that practically are worthless in preventing city victims from getting lead poisoning from drinking and cooking with fresh water flow from toxic lead laterals connected to the city's water main. A Milwaukee County worker who said, that he was a supervisor at the Kozy Community Center attempted to censor media outlets from video news recording of those residents seeking a free filter. According to him, media would have to get permission to only video news record the legs and feet of those residents in line to get a water filter. (Source: HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.) Video of incident: