Press Release

Ralph Jaffe

Contact: 410-602-1811
email: rjaffe4@verizon.net
website: fedupwithrookedpolitics.com

August 22, 2016
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Governor Hogan and the media responsible for the crisis in Baltimore City

On July 25th I made a formal request to Governor Larry Hogan – request noted in the Baltimore Sun, a request that asked Governor Hogan to call out the National Guard for a 3 week period in Baltimore City for the purpose of putting a halt to the killings, shootings, robberies and other felonies committed everyday in Baltimore City.

Governor Hogan has chosen to ignore my request. Disregarding this request is synonymous to his saying, let the killings and murders go on. His shameful lack of courage speaks volumes on his attitude of indifference toward the citizens of Baltimore City.

The media, too, plays a part in letting horrific crimes in Baltimore City to continue. The media continues to report on the appalling atrocities occurring, which in my opinion is a form of yellow journalism, instead of confronting Governor Hogan with an answer as to why he won’t call out the National Guard.

Baltimore citizens have heard more than enough about these goings-on but citizens are not hearing anything about what is being done to curb it. The media has closed their ears to suggestions that just might help save lives. Maybe the media should take a good look at themselves in the mirror because they also bear accountability for this crisis in Baltimore City.

Ralph Jaffe
Baltimore

To: Tricia Bishop
I’m very disappointed in that no reporter has called me to cover the press release on bringing in the National Guard into Baltimore City for 3 weeks.
People are getting killed everyday. Doesn’t the Baltimore Sun care about this?
Tricia, please try harder to get a reporter to cover this.

Sincerely,
Ralph Jaffe

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To: Andy Green

I’m very disappointed in that no reporter has called me to cover the press release on bringing in the National Guard into Baltimore City for 3 weeks.
People are getting killed everyday. Doesn’t the Baltimore Sun care about this?
I am asking you to please not deprive your readership of the chance to learn of the proposal presented to the Governor and his response – a response which translates to his indifference to the crisis on the streets in Baltimore City.

Sincerely,
Ralph Jaffe
To: Michelle

I’m very disappointed in that no reporter has called me to cover the press release on bringing in the National Guard into Baltimore City for 3 weeks.
People are getting killed everyday. Doesn’t Channel 13 care about this?
I am asking you to please not deprive your viewership of the chance to learn of the proposal presented to the Governor and his response – a response which translates to his indifference to the crisis on the streets in Baltimore City.

Sincerely,
Ralph Jaffe

Press Release

Ralph Jaffe

Contact: 410-602-1811
email: rjaffe4@verizon.net
website: fedupwithcrookedpolitics.com

July 25, 2016
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Please note.
The headline today is, “Two killed, four shot, one stabbed in the city,” Baltimore Sun – 7-25-16. It’s enough! I have taken action which is described below.

Call out the National Guard
Everyday the news is saturated with reports on killings that are taking place in Baltimore City. We have an urgent situation in Baltimore City; yet, none of the politicians, including the mayor, the City Council, and police chief, are willing to acknowledge this urgent crisis. I wonder why that is – why they do not have the guts to tell the truth. So….by process of default, I will step up to the plate. The citizens of Baltimore should know exactly what the truth is about the crime problem.

A war is going on between 95% of the law abiding citizens of Baltimore City and the other 5% consisting of drug lords, gang lords and drug addicts. This 5% of the population are winning right now because of the failure of the elected politicians to do their jobs. Citizens in Baltimore City are getting shot up everyday now, and this is unacceptable.

Here’s what needs to be done. I submit the mayor must ask the governor to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore City. Once this is done, the national guard can be brought in, temporarily, for a 3-week period to clear out the gang lords, drug lords and hangers-on. I believe if this were to be done, we would witness the largest reduction in crime in the history of Baltimore City for that specified period of time. The law abiding citizens should then demand that they be told the truth – There is a huge shortage of police officers to provide the safety that the 95% of law abiding citizens deserve. A crash program to hire at least 500 more police officers should be implemented. More police officers and more foot patrols would go a long way in curbing the atrocities being committed on the streets of Baltimore City every day. The attack on officers today makes hiring additional ones no easy task, but we need to come to grips with the mission and reward these heroes with the incentives and rewards that most of them truly deserve. Kevin Davis’ idea for the relaxation of marijuana standards for police applicants (“Davis: pot rules hinder hiring,” 7-22-16) is not going to be a magic potion for hiring additional officers. And making deals to reduce the number of officers in exchange for pay increases is not a solution. We need both – more officers and pay increases together.

Today, July 25, 2016, I have made a request that is being forwarded to Governor Hogan to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore City and to call up the National Guard – actions that will finally bring a measure of badly needed protection to the law abiding citizens of Baltimore City.
Ralph Jaffe

The Truth Hurts

I believe the Department of Justice report has demonstrated the determination to bring to light the failings of the Baltimore City Police Department and a resolve to put out of sight the real problems facing them.

I would venture to say the investigators had a preconceived, fixed agenda – one that called for compiling data to support their predetermined mentality on police brutality. My assertion is based on my personal involvement in this evaluation process. I had several phone conversations with Billy Coleman, Program Manager Policy Analyst with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Service for the Department of Justice – conversations which occurred over several weeks during the course of the study.

I asked her to address two issues – the severe shortage of police officers who are so necessary to make the streets safe for Baltimore City citizens and the problem of black on black crime committed in Baltimore City. Ms. Coleman’s response was that of a sophisticated brush off to these subjects.

As Anthony Barksdale, former acting police commissioner, stated, “Community policing works once you get control of the crime…we have no control in Baltimore.” (“A damming report, “ 8-11-16)

Furthermore, from my conversations with Ms. Coleman, it became obvious they were not going to talk about the major sources of the crime problem in Baltimore City. These sources are the inferior quality of education offered to students who attend public schools in Baltimore City and the breakdown of family values.

All of the social engineering recommendations put forth by the Justice Department for reform will amount to little or nothing unless the career politicians and the Baltimore City Police Commissioner start to tell the truth about the real solutions for the crime problem. What is needed are at least 300 more police officers and a better public educational system in Baltimore City. This is the truth and it hurts.

 

Advice to Mr. Vance

The article, “Trump attacks take low road,” makes some very salient points
with regard to the real frustration felt by a large sector of the population. However, I must take issue with the assertions of J.D. Vance contained in the commentary. According to Mr. Vance, a large segment of the white working class in America is barely scraping by, and no one seems to care. These people are really struggling, and there hasn’t been a single political candidate who speaks to those struggles in a long time.” His claim that Mr. Trump at least tries should not be taken at face value. I respect Mr. Trump as a member of the human race. However, upon closer scrutiny, one might discover the realization that he exploits the struggling working class with claims he cares. In actuality, though, his actions depict those of a shrewd manipulator, a businessman who will do just about anything he can get away with in making a dollar. For example, look at the fraudulent Trump University.

For Mr. Vance’s information of no one caring, he should take a look at Ralph Jaffe, a teacher, not a politician, who was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in April 2016, and who continues to lead the Jaffe Movement to get corruption out of the political system. Unfortunately, our country is lacking what is needed to make a dent in addressing the problems of crime, education, and jobs. What our country needs is not career politicians, but rather true ETHICAL politicians – people who will really put the needs of the constituents they serve above their own selfish interests.

Where is their justice?

After Mrs. Mosby announced the charges against the remaining officers were going to be dropped, the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board was quick to come to her defense for her decision to prosecute the 6 officers. I have to ask, where is the justice for the 6 officers? As was pointed out in “After the trials, a return to duty,” 7-31-6, the end of the trials does not mean the end of the 6 officers’ story.

Where has the justice been for these officers who had to suffer along with their families, for over a year, a traumatic, deplorable persecution when there was no credible evidence to bring criminal charges against them in the first place? Where is the justice for them now that they have to endure another independent, internal police investigation? Where is the justice for them as they are encumbered with other difficulties such as health issues related to stress, peer pressures (to return or leave their positions), threats, protests. Where is the justice for them knowing they can easily be faced again with criminal charges or civil suits as they try to perform their daily duties? Where is the justice for those whose salaries were withheld during this past year? Where is the justice for Marilyn Mosby’s brutal attack on the Baltimore City Police Department, the court system, and even the judge.
Where is the justice for these courageous police officers whose job is to protect the citizens of Baltimore City including the pompous editorial board of the Baltimore Sun as they continue to heap praise for the work of Mrs. Mosby and discredit the Baltimore City Police Department.

The editorial referred to the good that has come about as a result of the trials -positive steps in repairing police-community relations. However, the means used to bring about these changes does not justify the ends. In this case, 6 police officers have been scarred for life. Where is their justice?

 

Time to take action

The article, “3 killed, 2 injured,” 7-19-16 made me realize we have an urgent situation in Baltimore City. None of the politicians, including the mayor, the City Council, and police chief, are willing to acknowledge this urgent crisis. I wonder why that is – why they do not have the guts to tell the truth. So….by process of default, I will step up to the plate. The citizens of Baltimore should know exactly what the truth is about the crime problem.

A war is going on between 95% of the law abiding citizens of Baltimore City and the other 5% consisting of drug lords, gang lords and drug addicts. This 5% of the population are winning right now because of the failure of the elected politicians to do their jobs. Citizens in Baltimore City are getting shot up everyday now, and this is unacceptable.

Here’s what needs to be done. I submit the mayor must ask the governor to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore City. Once this is done, the national guard can be brought in, temporarily, for a 3-week period to clear out the gang lords, drug lords and hangers-on. I believe if this were to be done, we would witness the largest reduction in crime in the history of Baltimore City for that specified period of time. The law abiding citizens should then demand that they be told the truth – There is a huge shortage of police officers to provide the safety that the 95% of law abiding citizens deserve.

A crash program to hire at least 500 more police officers should be implemented. More police officers and more foot patrols would go a long way in curbing the atrocities being committed on the streets of Baltimore City every day. The attack on officers today makes hiring additional ones no easy task, but we need to come to grips with the mission and reward these heroes with the incentives and rewards that most of them truly deserve. Kevin Davis’ idea for the relaxation of drug standards for police applicants (“Davis: pot rules hinder hiring,” 7-22-16) is not going to be a magic potion for hiring additional officers. And making deals to reduce the number of officers in exchange for pay increases is not a solution. We need both – more officers and pay increases together.

I plan to ask Governor Hogan to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore City and to call up the National Guard – actions that will finally bring a measure of badly needed protection to the law abiding citizens of Baltimore City.

Ralph Jaffe
Teacher
Baltimore

Read the small print

The article, “Charges dropped against DeRay McKesson in La.,” 7-19-16 is typical of biased, misleading reporting of the Baltimore Sun and its efforts to present DeRay McKesson as a hero adept in effective, self-promoting protests.
The headline infers Mr. McKesson was innocent of all the charges and the only one who was exonerated. However, if you read the small print, you learn that he was one of about 100 arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting police brutality.

The truth is the District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III of East Baton Rouge made it known the office declined to prosecute the 100 protesters including Mr. McKesson. Therefore, the decision should not necessarily be equated with innocence on the part of the protesters. The prosecutor just did not demonstrate the courage to prosecute these “good folks.”

The truth is we just do not have real heroes who are public figures or so-called celebrities.

Ralph Jaffe
Teacher
Baltimore