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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hot Topic - Black Lives Matter - All Lives Matter

Watching the news last night and listening to Chief Deputy Corley and the Limestone County Sheriff Blakely was very interesting.  The folks who read our blog know how we feel about the lack of diversity, fair and equal treatment the people of color who work for the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.  

We have listened to all of the local news reporting on the shootings of police officers as well as the police shootings of people of color.  As we have readily said, all lives matter.  

During Corley's interview last night he said something to the fact that if they will do that to us they will do that to anybody on the streets.  Chief Corley, who is they?  

As for Blakely he is absolutely right.  We have way t0o many people who are not totally informed who should not be speaking before they know the whole facts.  Sheriff Blakely, we do have serious communications problems here in the South in regards to the lack of open communications between people of color and our white brothers and sisters.  

One good question for Blakely is during the standoff with Roger Stevens when Blakely and Sheriff Ana Franklin jumped in the semi-truck with Stevens and began sipping whiskey with a cold blooded killer, would you have done that if Stevens had been a person of color?  We don't think so.

A question we have for Sheriff Ana Franklin is would you have jumped in the Truck with Stevens if he had been a man of color?  Would you have been willing to sit and sip whiskey with a man of color during a standoff who was thought to be a cold blooded killer.  We don't think so.

We know that the MCSO jail has Hispanic interpreters who are ready and willing to go into the Morgan County Sheriff's Office to aid and assist Hispanic folks incarcerated in Morgan County. 

Folks, we need open and honest dialect with the people of color in North Alabama.  We need to talk to the leaders in the black community, set up town halls, give the people of color an opportunity to explain how they see the issues of color in our area.  

Sheriff Blakely goes on to say that he feels African Americans pain but does not want officers tried by the court  of opinion.  Sheriff Blakely, name one officer in the state of Alabama who has been tried in the court of public opinion.

We have some corrupt officers out there.  We blog about them daily.  Until the good officers stand up for what is right instead of covering for the bad eggs we will continue to have issues.

Blakely needs to get his head out of the sand and listen to what the people of color have to say.  Listen to the black community, the black community leaders, and stop running around with Sheriff Franklin and sharing whiskey with cold blooded killers.

(WAFF) -
The Limestone county sheriff is blasting the media and politicians for the recent killings of law enforcement officers.

"Our country's leaders, elected officials that have been too quick to criticize law enforcement," said sheriff Mike Blakely. "We have got too many people that are totally uninformed that are speaking before they have the whole facts."

Sheriff Blakely believes the media and elected officials are fueling angry between law enforcement and African-Americans after two black men were killed in separate shootings by the hands of police.
The Huntsville-Madison County NAACP is also shaken by the recent police shootings and sees the link to politicians. President Robert Shanklin demands that police continue work to improve relationships with the black community.

"We have someone who done a study on ticketing in Huntsville and the ratio is like four to one...blacks get more tickets,” said Shanklin.

Sheriff Blakely says he understands African Americans frustration. But doesn't want officers tried by the court of opinion.

"If for some reason you don't think law enforcement is in the right you don't debate that there on the scene that's what our courts are for,” said Sheriff Blakely.

The NAACP is now polling people across the country about their feelings about race. They will use that information to develop a plan to bring people of different races together.

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