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Columbia Police Draw Gun and Taunt Black Teens

The audio starts after a bit in both videos.

From the CFJ video

On March 7, 2015 Cezan “CJ” Stock and a group of friends were hanging
out in their neighborhood in Columbia, MO when they noticed a Columbia
Police Department patrol cruiser approach.

Sergeant Roger Schlude and Street Crimes Officers Chris Papineau were
in the area on a “Check Subject” when they parked and began observing
the teenagers. Upon spotting the officers, CJ and several other
teenagers began using their camera phones to record the officers.

Schlude responded by exiting his vehicle and pointing his service
weapon at CJ, while demanding he take his hand out of his pocket. The
teen complied but the weapon remained aimed at CJ while the two
debated the officer’s actions. Schlude repeatedly tells the teen to
“Walk on!”

CJ’s mother, Andrea Brookins, says her son is known for filming his
encounters with law enforcement to hold the police accountable for
their actions. She believes this has garnered ill-will with members of
CPD and leading to situation such as this. “These officers were trying
to intimidate my son from filming the police,” she said in an
interview with CFJ.

As the situation unfolded Officer Papineau engaged in a verbal
argument with CJ, threatening to “mop the floor” with the teen and
making fun of his weight, as well as that of a fellow teenager on the
scene.

Schlude claims that CJ had been arrested for concealing a firearm on a
previous occasion, leading him to fear CJ. Reports indicate the
firearm was located in the glove box of his mother’s vehicle, which CJ
was driving her vehicle at the time.

Andrea says the firearm belonged to her, stating she has a Second
Amendment Right to bear arms. “I have a right to defend myself and
they used that to arrest my son in retaliation for his filming the
police,” Brookins said. This gun case against CJ was later dismissed
by prosecutors.

Missouri Law specifically states that an individual has a right to
keep a firearm concealed in their vehicle, whether or no they have a
Conceal and Carry Permit: http://bit.ly/2b1EmIb

Brookins filed complaints against the officers for their actions.

Her complaint against Officer Papinuea for Discourteous,
Disrespectful, or Discriminatory Treatment of Any Member of the
Public, and Guidelines for Corrective Action were sustained. He
received a Written Warning.

Her complaint against Schlude for Excessive Force (Response to
Resistance) was marked as Exonerated and cleared of any wrong-doing.

Several months later, officers attempted to pull CJ over while he was
on lunch from his job. Based on this situation, CJ drove to his
mother’s house where he peacefully surrendered as Brookins filmed. “I
wanted to ensure his safety. He was scared and I could understand
why,” Brookins said.

As she filmed, Sergeant Schlude charged and shoved Brookins. Her video
of this situation can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2bk84Ls

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Chadwick Launches Whisper Campaign in First Ward Race

Ginny Chadwick

Ginny Chadwick

First Ward City Council candidate Jake Loft is receiving some unwarranted attention from former First Ward City Council representative Ginny Chadwick, who stepped down abruptly to avoid facing a recall election. Earlier this week Ms. Chadwick launched a whisper campaign against Loft alleging that his campaign was offering incentives for voter registration, a violation of Federal election law.

In response to our Missouri Sunshine Law request, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren revealed that Ms. Chadwick stopped by the Boone County Clerk’s office to tell staff that “she heard Jake Loft was offering/giving money to people for registering to vote.

Jake Loft

Jake Loft

As a precaution, Ms. Noren spoke with Mr. Loft

“Based on my conversation with Mr. Loft I am satisfied, unless further evidence comes to me, that he was not offering or giving money to people to register to vote.”                                                                                                              –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren

When looking at Loft’s campaign finances, the Chadwick charge seems even more absurd. So far his campaign has raised a mere $700 and has only $293 on hand.

So why is Chadwick so interested in launching a slanderous whisper campaign against Loft?

Nate Brown

Nate Brown

Rumors have been floating around town for a while suggesting that she has befriended and is supporting First Ward candidate Nate Brown. Chadwick has also shown support for the First Ward candidacy of Rev. Clyde Ruffin, a local minister who has yet to respond to recently uncovered information tying him to the “pray away the gay” ministry Desert Stream. Chadwick is pictured below after reportedly “crashing” Ruffin’s campaign launch party.

The fact that Mr. Loft was active in the coalition to recall Chadwick might also be her motive.

At a recent forum focusing on development and infrastructure hosted by CoMo Council Watch, Loft presented himself as a definite contender for the open seat, answering pointed questions from the audience that seemed to confuse most (sometimes all) of the other candidates.

Ginny Chadwick and Rev. Clyde Ruffin

Ginny Chadwick and Rev. Clyde Ruffin

“I want to first state that it is extremely important for members of the public to notify my office if they believe or have heard that a law relating to elections might be violated. I appreciate the efforts of citizens to contact us so we can prevent any violations or stop the spreading of unfounded rumors.”  –Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren

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Mike Martin for Mayor?

“If you run for Mayor, don’t be surprised if you have me to contend with, right up there on the candidate dais with you.” — Mike Martin

Mike Martin

Mike Martin

In one of many heated exchanges with Councilman Karl Skala on the Keep Columbia Free Facebook group page, Columbia’s most read and most infamous independent journalist, Mike Martin, indicated that he is contemplating a possible run for Mayor.

Martin’s most recent Columbia Heart Beat installment in an ongoing expose of City financial malfeasance, which centers around piles of unrestricted funds that lie dormant or are used for frivolous projects while important central city infrastructure crumbles, drew a comment from the trollishly ubiquitous Skala when posted on the Keep Columbia Free page.

Karl Skala

Karl Skala

Martin accused the City Council of failing to read, study, and understand the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Skala took issue.

Eventually Martin wrote:

 I’m not “presuming” anything, Councilman. I’m speaking from the failed experiences of what has amounted to your big talk on digging into issues of finance and accountability. 

Where’s that staff report you were going to demand on how the City Charter regulates the Water and Light Surplus?

Or that information from Mike Matthes you were planning to get about why there’s no record — for years and years — of any money going from the Water and Light Surplus into the General Fund, as mandated?

You’ve done NOTHING in this regard. NOTHING. Meanwhile, you vote for every tax hike, fee hike, fine hike, and revenue hike you can, while touting your “progressive, I’m for the little guy” credentials. 

Your big talk goes all the way back to 2008, when you promised to confront County Assessor Tom Schauwecker over his assessment practices. Nothing ever happened with that because Schauwecker told you and the Council to — let me put this delicately — nah, I’ll use the polite term — back off. 

Which, of course, you did. 

http://columbiaheartbeat.blogspot.com/…/developer-tax…

If you run for Mayor, don’t be surprised if you have me to contend with, right up there on the candidate dais with you. I will hold your feet to the fire on absolutely every vote you’ve rendered, every promise you’ve made, every fee, fine, rate, and tax hike you’ve voted for.

I may not win — but you will sweat. And you will account for your record, in a way you never have.

In the May issue of his publication Inside Columbia (page 138), magazine mogul and notorious neocon Fred Parry wrote,

Skala deserves to be Mayor because he has paid his ‘civic rent’ by serving multiple terms on Columbia’s City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, but more importantly, the citizens of Columbia deserve a mayor like Karl Skala.”

Fred Parry

Fred Parry

Of course, Parry’s comments are a bit tongue-in-cheek, but they may well prove to be prophetic. Skala likely has his eye on the political center stage, figuratively and literally. If Skala runs, let’s hope that Martin runs against him. That race would be nothing short of epic.

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The Chadwick Majority

In response to the move to recall her as Columbia’s First Ward City Council Representative, Councilperson Ginny Chadwick posted the following on her official Facebook page

chadwickConsidering her focus on the notion that Council representatives are elected by a “majority of the people” and that statements regarding her recall are “clearly from the minority,” it seems appropriate to break down the numbers. Councilperson Chadwick has made it clear that her resounding First Ward election victory should be interpreted as a mandate from “the people” that we should all unquestioningly accept her policy proposals. After all, her campaign garnered 64% of the votes cast.

But how many votes were cast?

The First Ward has a population of 18,212. According to Director Art Auer at the Boone County Clerk’s Office, the First Ward had 9,803 registered voters on the books during the April election. Ginny Chadwick won the election with 525 votes. Votes for Chadwick represent 5.36% of registered voters in her ward. 525 votes is 2.88% of the population of the First Ward. 525 is 0.45% of Columbia’s 115,276 total population.

The reality is that 525 votes is not a meaningful number of votes. 525 votes does not a mandate make.

When confronted with these numbers, the first thing out of most people’s mouths is “voter apathy,” or “it’s their own fault.” While it might be the fault of the First Ward, the problem was not voter apathy. There was really no reason for anyone to turn out at the polls because there was simply no one to vote for.

The only First Ward failure was the failure to find a worthy candidate to run. Even the liberal political strategist Jeff Chinn of Progressive Political Partners, mastermind of many recent liberal council victories, reportedly opposed Chadwick’s candidacy, but failed to muster a suitable candidate for the position.

Bill Easley

Bill Easley

Chadwick’s only opposition was Tyree Byndom, a local community leader who was forbidden from campaigning by the tenants of his Baha’i faith, and Bill Easley, a cantankerous elderly gentleman with a penchant for unintelligible, boisterous rants.

Although Byndom would likely have served the ward well, his absence from the campaign trail and refusal to take a public position on any issue was a turn-off for voters. Also running was last-minute, write-in candidate John Clark, a local political gadfly. Considering the options, it is easy to see why most voters asked, “why bother?”

Another measure of the Chadwick “majority” and the recall “minority” can be found on Facebook. Chadwick’s Councilwoman Chadwick Facebook Page boasts 356 “likes” after more than six months in office. By comparison, the Recall First Ward Councilperson Ginny Chadwick Facebook page garnered more “likes” than Chadwick’s page in only a few days and today stands at 389.

There is little doubt that this recall will be successful. There are viable candidates in the pipeline, but recall supporters are playing their cards close to the chest.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ginny Chadwick’s Sexism Card

Ginny Chadwick’s Sexism Card
by Melissa C. Sharp

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Sexism happens.

As a woman, I can give first-hand examples of sexism from my own life. Female politicians and celebrities are scrutinized in ways which males are not. However, because women are sometimes unfairly targeted and derided in public spheres it is all the more important to use caution before whipping out the “sexism” card. There must be an element of either stereotyping, discrimination or prejudice directed at a person because of her sex for the remarks to qualify as sexism. Otherwise, it’s just criticism.

This is why, as a politically-active woman, I approach the recent statement from Councilperson Ginny Chadwick with chagrin. First of all, it should be noted from her quotation, she pulls out the sexism card, but fails to give any specifics about the incident(s) she is referring too. It makes me wonder if she just wants to play on people’s emotions. And while it’s admirable to encourage women as leaders, I feel like her comments are designed capture support for her instead of for the idea of female leadership.

There is no room in public office for vague accusations, particularly not if those accusations are plied to garner support for leadership or policies that are deeply unpopular. Making false accusations is serious and depending on the allegations, can be criminal. This is the reason why public officials are sworn into office promising honesty in the performance of their duties.

Anyone remember Ashley Todd? She was the GOP volunteer for presidential candidate John McCain, who falsely claimed she was robbed and assaulted by a Barack Obama supporter. She was charged with filing a false police report and sentenced to probation when her claims were revealed as hoaxes. But the real damage inflicted by Todd’s claims have nothing to do with how she was personally punished (although, I’m sure she still has to live with the social repercussions to this day). The lasting damage from her false accusations is how it gave ammunition to those who wished to minimize the very real and common dangers women face from assault. It also tarnished the Republican party’s reputation when a tight presidential election was only a month away.

If Chadwick is making a false statement about sexism she’s encountered while in office, then she is employing the use of a “red herring.” This claim is designed to take attention away from some very important questions about politics in Columbia. Especially, the kind of policies Chadwick is promoting.

Why is Chadwick trying to gather support for a local ordinance to ban smoking by 18-21 year-olds when it’s unlikely to reduce young adults’ access to cigarettes?

Furthermore, why will the University of Missouri be exempt from it?

After all, isn’t the University the reason why Columbia has such a large 18-21 year old population?

What’s the point of this piecemeal ordinance, especially since smoking is already banned inside businesses?

Chadwick was elected in April of this year. Since then, as First Ward’s councilperson, she has come out in favor of the controversial downtown development by the Opus Group, a ban on alcohol in Douglas Park, and a ban on cigarette sales to anyone under the age of 21. So in other words, an ordinance which favors more ill-conceived development at the expense of local taxpayers and two different bans which would violate adult citizens’ rights to freedom of choice.

If Chadwick wants to represent the interests of the First Ward, perhaps she should study the playbook of Democratic Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal. When protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, Nadal joined with her protesting constituents. The senator is fiery and controversial, but there is no question she is working to represent the values of the people who live in her district.
The truth is, there’s no need to attack Councilperson Ginny Chadwick because she is a woman. Her record speaks for itself.

Melissa C. Sharp serves as the Keep Columbia Free Director of Community Outreach and is a longtime, active member of the organization.

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Gary Nolan Calls Out Ginny Chadwick For Friendly Debate

When Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick appeared on The Gary Nolan Show to discuss her plan to move the legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine e-liquid from 18 to 21 and ban e-cigs from private businesses, she didn’t want to hear anything Gary had to say. Her arrogance was apparent on the air and was apparently much worse off the air.


During a subsequent broadcast, Gary described her hasty exit from the studio. He followed her and offered to share some of the information he had on the subject. She reportedly told him that she wasn’t interested in any of his information.

I spoke with Gary off the air and he expressed an interest in debating Ginny or any of her Tobacco21 cohorts. He said he will debate her “anytime, anywhere.”

Keep Columbia Free would love to host this debate. We’ll find a mutually acceptable, neutral moderator and have a Lincoln Douglas style debate. We can Livestream the debate online and perhaps broadcast it on the radio.

There is really no reason why a master’s student in Public Health and Strategic Communication like Ms. Chadwick should fear a debate with a radio talk show host, so we expect to hear from Ms. Chadwick soon. The people deserve to hear this discussion, don’t you think?

Ms. Chadwick, please contact us at kcf@keepcolumbiafree.com and let us know when you might be available for this debate.

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Ginny Chadwick Disrespects Military Veterans

Columbia City Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick’s official Facebook page has been scrubbed of all dissenting comments, most notably the comments from military combat veterans who served while under age 21. Ms. Chadwick’s latest nanny-state proposal, which seeks to change the legal age for tobacco and nicotine e-liquid purchase from 18 to 21 in Columbia, raised the ire of many citizens and signaled a firestorm of comments on her page. Obviously, Ms. Chadwick’s proposal would bar adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who served or are serving in the military from buying these products.

The comments, none of which were vulgar or threatening, were removed almost a quickly as they were posted. One commenter even posted a picture of himself at age 19, taken while serving in Iraq. Many of the comments were removed almost as quickly as they were posted. We were able to screen-shot a few of them before they were deleted. If you visit her page today, you’ll see that all of the dissenting comments have been removed, including comments on other topics.

It has become clear that Ginny Chadwick can’t be bothered with the opinions of we proles.
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