Monday, September 15, 2008

How to Spot a Criminal--They'll Blame a Black Man

On August 23, 2003 a White dude named Brian Wells walked into the Pittsburgh National Bank in Erie, PA with a real, live bomb locked around his neck. Brian passed a note to tellers saying he was being forced to rob the bank. If they didn’t give him cash, he and they would blow up. Petrified, bank employees gave him $8,700. A pizza deliveryman, Brian claimed that a “group of Black men” had taken him hostage after duping him to make a delivery to a bogus address. These Black men purportedly fitted Brian with a collar bomb, one so intricate, that it could not be removed from Brian’s neck. As Brian fled the bank, police caught up with him and while police watched, the bomb blew Brian to bits.

Five years later the FBI confirmed what Sisterdoc knew then—no Black people were involved in the odd, poorly planned crime whatsoever.

According to law officials, here’s how it really went down. Some guy named Ken Barnes and some woman named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong met up with another guy named William Rothstein at a gas station. William called Mama Mia’s Pizza asking Brian to deliver a pizza to a fake location. They were all part of the robbery gang. When Brian showed up at the location, he discovered his buddies wanted him to wear a real bomb, not a fake one, to scare the tellers and to rob the bank. That’s how Brian ended up with a bomb around his neck. According to police, the robbery was supposed to finance the hiring of a hitman, for $200,000, to kill Marjorie’s father. Oddly, Ken was the hitman looking to get paid.

Marjorie is in a mental hospital for the criminally insane because, in addition to all of this, she killed her boyfriend James Roden because he was going to tell police about the robbery plot. Oh, and William died of cancer. With Brian dead, that only leaves Ken to go to jail. Wow.

What gets me is how readily and easily the ‘scary Black man’ is invoked by the real criminals. When Charles Stuart shot his pregnant wife in the head, killing her and their baby, he blamed a Black man, claiming the Brother was trying to rob them. Susan Smith strapped her two kids into her Mazda Protégé and rolled the car into a lake, drowning them. She blamed the disappearance of her kids on a carjacking Black man. Then there was Rep. Bob Allen of Florida. He propositioned an undercover Black police officer in a park’s public bathroom, offering $20 for oral sex. Allen’s defense—he was afraid of the “stocky Black guy” and rather than become a “statistic” and get robbed in the park, he offered sex. Yep. That was his story, and he stuck to it.

The problem is, as what occurred in the Stuart and Smith cases, police actually find innocent Black people to arrest. Still, racists keep invoking the scary Black man stereotype because they assume the public will buy in to it. And, sadly the public does…at great risk to Black lives.

(Images: Brian's final moments)


Sus said...

Pittsburgh has the rare opportunity to change the typical gentrification route. I f you have a moment to do a little research, check out what happened in Portland OR. A predominantly black neighborhood, North Portland, has almost overnight been transformed because of gentrification. Original residents are being pressured out.

Fight smart. Talk to your local community group to see what they are planning. Not everybody thinks that home is just where you hang your hat.

Jim said...

U.S. RACIAL PROFILING in 21blacks:1 white imprisoned Minneapolis-we are IN DANGER-seeking assistance.WITNESS TESTIMONY here:

Our contact information: Aaron James 204... , 204... ;
Linda James 204 889 9134 , 204 509 1944 MP3, Video and important links at bottom

Northwest Airlines Attack upon my mother and I and extensive extrajudicial persecution (framed, covert tribunal, threats , stalking, sabotaged mail etc) prompts us to expose their crimes on line. This spawned repeated attempts at kidnapping or murder by *criminally charged local Winnipeg police (acting covertly without warrant or charges) on behalf of U.S. judicial and corporate factions including FBI CIA and NSA, in attempt to silence us. Winnipeg police remain motivated by a close affiliation with Minneapolis Police: Winnipeg Police Chief Keith Mc Caskill is president of North West Chapter of Associates FBI with Minneapolis Police affiliation and was referenced by police upon the first kidnapping/murder attempt. Family Friends Associates threatened, terrorized now 3 years ongoing as police use many covert tactics in order to effect attempts at kidnapping, havening necessitated my going into hiding in remote locations for extended periods of time. Family and I have been traumatized, I with 12 trips to hospital with Heart Attack symptoms via combination of the effects of the tasing attack and ongoing persecution and my 64 year old mother’s health rapidly deteriorating.
Canadian and U.S. government attempting to conceal culpability have not only been negligent in refusing assistance, but complicit in cross border collusion towards this effect. As example, Foreign affairs representative Estelle Battahdier stated "Let us know if they torture you or ask you to commit indecent acts-but still, we will not intervene-this is a U.S. affair." Provisions for just such assistance from Foreign affairs were found online by journalist Lesley Hughes, at Foreign affairs, Canadian Human Rights Amnesty International, Manitoba Human Rights, the House of Commons (approached by local MP Steven Fletcher) MP's Annita Neville,Penny Priddy(approached on our behalf by Roche Tasse President of International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group Ottawa) Globe and Mail May 10 2007 clearly reads "Ottawa sacrificed Arar to save face with Syria and the United States". Canada's complicity is clear.
Media, once slandering online on television newspaper and radio, now censor in order to assist government ploys therein. Threats received by covert U.S. agency including FBI indicate severe harm and possible death resultant as consequence if they are successful. Local Winnipeg Police Chief in Canada is FBI asset, graduate of Northwest Chapter of Associates FBI with MN affiliation. Winnipeg Police now remain in violation of court order to return property thieved upon original kidnapping attempt and stall court proceedings to hide complicity in cross border collusion with the U.S. from the court, motivated further towards collusion and our harm, in that among the officers involved, two are now charged amogst 4 Winnipeg police charged as of Jan of this year with illegal entry and perjury, and amongst those two is Jess Zebron, step son of former police chief Jack Ewatski who resigned disgraced late last year 2007 over issues of corruption and racism.

*** Corroborative Contacts/ Reports: *** Links and Audio/ Video Clips at bottom ***
Canadian Dimension Magazine Preliminary report:
Source: (see “alert #62 on the page)
ADVOCACY FROM ROCH TASSE International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
Roch Tasse International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group ph: 613 241 5298 ;
Lesley Hughes Canadian Dimension Magazine; Our attorney Adam Masiowski Pinx Law 204... ext 3. KBOO REPORT "Aaron's WEbsite Goes Down via Government" :
Confirmation Minneapolis Police Brutality/Corruption Michelle Gross head of Communities United Against Police Brutality in Minneapolis, and recently attacked at RNC Aug 29/08 at Convergence Center by MN Police
KBOO RADIO REPORTS ON MY WEBSITE GOING DOWN AND KIDNAPPING CRISIS SITUATION: Hennepin County Targeting minorities victims of police brutality and the poor.

kkk lawsuit against Chief Tim Dolan, by his own black police who had kkk threats sent them Law suit seen HERE

The WAYNE MADSEN REPORT-Northwest_Airlines_and_FBI_TARGET_CANADIAN_Man_Caught Up In_Racial_and_Religious_Profiling

Composite Site Exposing Government and Advocacy Abandonment


Northwest Airlines Profiling Attack Part 1 of 2:
Northwest Airlines Profiling Attack Part 2 of 2:

RNC: FBI/MN Police Joint Task Force Attack Michelle Gross and Communities United Against Police Brutality Aug 29/08 (They attacked me 48 hours later *IN CANADA!! b/c of my association with CUAPB and Michelle, and my work in exposing state tyranny in the U.S.-15 attempts at our lives and counting!)


Charles talks with Aaron James about his harassment by the US government. (*2nd Half) (Lesley Hughes mp3)