Police Chief  Michael Yates & Law & Order in Jonesboro Need Our Support

An Outlandish Quote taken from a woman in one of the marches opposing Yates -  about Jonesboro policemen (quote taken from the Jonesboro Sun)

 

"Instead of them deer hunting and hunting for turkeys, they're out there hunting for our young black boys," one woman said. "And it's at a proportion that's just out of control."

 

This is a long document but you can get the gist of it in about the first three paragraphs.

 

We need to help support our police Chief - Chief Michael Yates.  Outsiders are coming in and trying to stir up all kinds of racial tension and have openly called for the firing of our police chief and have called the two arresting police in the Chavis Carter incident murderers.  Black outsiders are flinging wild accusations [which are proven lies] at Yates and posting it on nationwide blogs and sending it to the city council members. They are even trying to thwart the state recertification of  the Jonesboro Police Department. If they can pick these isolated incidents and make enough noise and get enough media attention over it, they can intimidate every other police department in the nation. Documentation is given below.

 

This incident with Chavis Carter is not the real issue here - the real issue is a vendetta against Yates because he won't hire enough black police officers to suit these liberal blacks. They (the Diversity Coalition) were already trying to get Yates fired back several months ago. (See letter to the Sun below for details) The battle goes back to his job in Americus, Georgia where an unusually extreme black NAACP member went after Yates. While Chief Yates was chief of the police department in Americus, he cut the crime rate about 50%. 

 

In our research we found that the Americus city is made up of  64% black, 5% Hispanic and 31% white. Therefore, in order to cut the crime rate that much, Yates would  likely have had to arrest proportionally more blacks than whites, which enraged some of the black leaders.  We are including a three page opinion piece from the Americus Times-Recorder newspaper in May 2, 2003, that describes this battle in Americus, but we want to include some excerpts here.  The paper totally supports Yates and denounces the particular NAACP group involved.

 

 "Dr. John Marshall and Craig Walker, claiming to represent the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Sumter County Branch, have engaged in a campaign to destroy racial harmony in Americus.  Over the last 18 months or so, Walker has regularly attended meetings of the City Council to beg, plead, implore, curse and threaten that elected body to remove Police Chief Michael Yates. He claims Yates wrongfully demoted Commander Nelson Brown; illegally requested Open Records Act and Georgia Crime Investigations Center checks on Walker; and drove by Walker's residence in an attempt to intimidate him.

 

An internal review by City Administrator Sybil Smith and a legal opinion rendered by City Attorney Jimmy Skipper found Yates guilty of no wrongdoing, yet Walker and Marshall persist in their dogged and tired vendetta. They have refused every overture by the City to negotiate a resolution, insisted the City's legal opinion was incorrect and Yates acted illegally, insisting their attorneys have a differing opinion.  [See entire article below.]

 

Yates whipped the department into shape, instilling a new professionalism, better morale and a renewed respect for enforcing the law. Evidence of Yates' effectiveness? The city's crime index has dropped from more than 400 last year to 109 in April. One-hundred represents the national average. And the APD expects to be the first local law enforcement agency to achieve state certification.

 

Liberals and blacks are still spreading these lies all over the blogs and using this Chavis Carter incident to stir the pot again. They are also sending them to the city council of Jonesboro even though they have been proven false over and over. See Email Sent to City Council Members by Liberals below for copy of  the long email including articles from several left of the leftists blogs - filled with lies. 

 

We also found another article  that is still on line about Yates' employment as Chief of Police in Americus. It is as follows: Title Popular police chief leaving:  April 5, 204  Americus Police Chief Mike Yates only served for three years, but the crime rate went down while officer productivity increased. During his tenure there was zero turnover in the department. Yates is taking a job as head of the new multi-county 9-1-1 Center, "I like a challenge and it's an opportunity to do something that nobody in the state of Georgia has done before so hopefully I will be successful at it."  The 9-1-1 Center will be located in Ellaville and will serve seven counties. Lt. James Green will serve as interim Chief. Yates' last day is Tuesday. Story can be found at this link: http://www.walb.com/global/Story.asp?s=1763097

 

We  also found this blog post in 2007 -   Feb 20, 2007  Is Michael still the police chief? If so, how is he doing? The former police department (Americus, Georgia) that he pulled out from the mud and fixed from the ground up, is back to were is was before him, a laughing stock.  http://www.topix.net/forum/city/jonesboro-ar/TDPE9THIEGC0GSL7J"   This fact can be confirmed by checking the FBI uniformed crime reports. In fact the crime rate there has skyrocketed in recent years. 

 

Letter to Sun explaining Why Blacks Are Trying To Get Rid of Yates in Jonesboro

 

The following letter printed in the Jonesboro Sun explains another reason some particular blacks are after Chief Yates. We have documentation to prove the information in the letter is correct.

 

February 17, 2012

I noted the article in your paper last month that the Diversity Coalition is at work pushing their liberal agenda - trying through intimidation to coerce our Police Department into recruiting more minorities. This, despite the fact that 23% in the non uniformed positions are already African Americans (who make up only 18% of the population in Jonesboro.)

 

The article didn't mention, however, that the Diversity Coalition is backed by the Progressive Democrats of NE Arkansas, the leftists who promote environmentalism, amnesty, and Occupy Wall Street -  and who on their Facebook page pushed for blocking of the Keystone pipeline.

 

On January 14, 2012 ,before the city council meeting, the Progressive Democrats posted on their website: "The Diversity Coalition will be presenting their findings of how diverse the Police and Fire Departments are at the Jonesboro City Council Meeting this Tuesday, January 17...Please attend, as the City Council responds positively to large numbers in support of diversity."

 

On January 18, the Arkansas Times of Little Rock, a very liberal blog - the Progressive Democrat type -  reported on this Jonesboro meeting,  including  the letter to Mayor Perrin with the Diversity Coalition's recommendations for recruiting.

 

The Diversity Coalition can't find racial discrimination in the hiring from the actual applicants so they have to concentrate on recruiting more applicants, making ten recommendations for  the Police Department to go to all kinds of time-consuming  impossible extremes in recruiting employees like going "regularly" to churches, high schools, community centers, ethnic & gender organizations,  and websites and on and on.  

 

One recommendation is "Provision of sample tests and testing guides with guidance from the test publisher by the Police Department." 

 

Most of us are fair and hate discrimination of every kind, but we value the safety of our family enough to want the best police department we can possibly attain.  Personally, I don't want an extremely partisan group of  people who support the Occupy Wall Street group with its violence and disrespect of the law dictating our Police Department's  recruitment of  police officers.   We might get an actual Occupy Wall Street protester as a cop.

 

Brief Description of the Chavis Carter Death

 

Following is a brief description of the issue:

 

 " LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in Arkansas are investigating whether a man fatally shot himself in the head as he sat in the backseat of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back.  Chavis Carter, 21, died after Jonesboro police stopped a truck in which he was riding July 28 and learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant related to a drug charge. Carter was searched twice, handcuffed and put into the back of the patrol car, according to a police report.  Officers a short time later saw Carter slumped over in the backseat and covered in blood, according to the report, which concluded he had managed to conceal a handgun [the handgun was found in the back seat of the police car]  with which he shot himself. He later died at a hospital, and the report listed his death as a suicide."

 

KAIT Story - Black Group Wants Chief Yates to Step Down or Be Fired

 

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Chapter of the Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR) wants Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates to step down due to his handling of the Chavis Carter death investigation.

 

The group picketed Tuesday afternoon beginning at 11:30 at the Jonesboro City Hall and Police Department, and publicly called for the resignation of Chief Yates.

 

A flyer disseminated to protestors stated "if Chief Michael Yates refuses to (or for some reason cannot) get to the bottom of this case and bring the killer(s) to justice, he should resign his post or be terminated by the Mayor and the Council." 

http://www.kait8.com/story/19149968/group-wants-jonesboro-police-chief-to-step-down-over-chavis-carter-death

 

Story from the Americus Newspaper Denouncing NAACP & Supporting Chief Yates

 

Staff Opinion

 

Marshall, Walker time to put up or shut up Enough is enough.

 

Dr. John Marshall and Craig Walker, claiming to represent the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Sumter County Branch, have engaged in a campaign to destroy racial harmony in Americus.

 

Over the last 18 months or so, Walker has regularly attended meetings of the City Council to beg, plead, implore, curse and threaten that elected body to remove Police Chief Michael Yates. He claims Yates wrongfully demoted Commander Nelson Brown; illegally requested Open Records Act and Georgia Crime Investigations Center checks on Walker; and drove by Walker's residence in an attempt to intimidate him.

 

An internal review by City Administrator Sybil Smith and a legal opinion rendered by City Attorney Jimmy Skipper found Yates guilty of no wrongdoing, yet Walker and Marshall persist in their dogged and tired vendetta. They have refused every overture by the City to negotiate a resolution, insisted the City's legal opinion was incorrect and Yates acted illegally, insisting their attorneys have a differing opinion.

 

But, faced with differing legal opinions, why haven't Marshall and Walker taken Yates and/or the City to court?

 

I doubt if Marshall or Walker has bothered to seek a legal opinion on their claim. They prefer to harass Yates and others who dare question their motives at public meetings and in the pages of Marshall's monthly newspaper, the AmericuSumter Observer.

 

 Walker called Smith and Councilmember Walton Grant liars when they contradicted his story that Smith shut him out of an open Council Committee meeting. He has accused African-American councilmembers Ray Green, Eloise Paschal and Eddie Rhea Walker (no relation) of "betraying" the black residents in their districts. In a fit of rage at an earlier meeting he called Eddie Rhea Walker -who taught Walker at Americus High School, participated in the Sumter Civil Rights Movement and has been one of this community's foremost educators and a leader in the black community for decades - an "Uncle Tom" and other racial epithets usually associated with lower-class white men with necks much redder than Walker's.

 

 Why? Sheer conjecture points to power; Marshall and Walker believe they do not wield the influence they should, and they are trying to bully themselves into a position of power.

 

 There is reason to believe they or their supporters once wielded some influence, especially in local law enforcement. Files and evidence went missing; violations may have been overlooked or ignored. There allegedly was a lack of discipline in the ranks, with patrolmen engaging in less than professional behavior.

 

That pattern was interrupted after the 2000 elections; Brown, one of Police Chief Charlie Whitehead's top officers, ran for sheriff against former Sheriff Randy Howard and winner Bob Ingle Sr. Whitehead went to work for Ingle at the Sheriffs Office and Brown was one of the favorites to replace him as police chief.

 

 But the Council hired Yates, white and, worst of all, an outsider.

 

 Yates whipped the department into shape, instilling a new professionalism, better morale and a renewed respect for enforcing the law. Evidence of Yates' effectiveness? The city's crime index has dropped from more than 400 last year to 109 in April. One-hundred represents the national average. And the APD expects to be the first local law enforcement agency to achieve state certification.

 

The NAACP, in seeking equality for African Americans and other minorities, has become a champion of civil rights. Its members led the fight against segregation and for voting rights, and it continues to lead the struggle for equal opportunity. The tactics used by Marshall and Walker are a disgrace to that tradition; the NAACP should expel Marshall and Walker from its ranks. 

 

Mayor Bill McGowan's patience and respect for Walker's First Amendment rights is commendable, but enough is enough. Even elected officials shouldn't be subjected to the continued, unfounded abuse Walker spews each month. Until he has something new and substantive to say, please censor his time before the Council.

 

Finally, Dr. Marshall and Mr. Walker: Americus is a wonderful city, filled with wonderfui people. Are there problems? Yes. Poor academic achievement, high dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, poor work skills, poor parenting skills...there are plenty of areas where your energy and resources would be constructive.

 

Are there racial problems in Americus? Of course. But the NAACP should be helping to make them better, not worse. If you believe in your heart -and I don't think you do - that your complaints against Yates are valid, go to court, get a judge's decision and live with it.

 

Enough is enough.

Staff Writer Ken Garner covers Americus, including the City Council, for the Times-Recorder.

 

Email Sent to Jonesboro City Council Members by Liberals, August 14, 2012

 

Note the links to the blogs are all left of the leftists and note the last paragraph trying to intimidate the city council.  And note all the lies that the above material has refuted - but we included only only part of the material we have to refute all the lies because of length. 

 

From: David McAvoy <david-mcavoy@hotmail.com>
Date: August 14, 2012 4:58:49 PM CDT
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Subject: police chief

Thought you'd all appreciate some of the news coverage about Chief Yates and how it's making our city look:
 
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/14/687881/civil-rights-group-calls-for-jonesboro-police-chiefs-resignation/
 
The Arkansas Chapter of the Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR) is calling for the resignation of Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates in light of the death of 21-year-old Chavis Carter, who police said shot himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a squad car. CORR is leading a protest at the Jonesboro City Hall today at 11:30 am.


Yates, who recently claimed it would have been "quite easy" for Carter to shoot himself with his hands double-locked behind his back, has a murky history in race relations. Yates came to the Jonesboro Police Department after his controversial resignation as police chief in Americus, Georgia. The local NAACP chapter launched a campaign to get Yates fired after he conducted an illegal background check on the NAACP vice president, who publicly complained about Americus police brutality at city council meetings. Yates stepped down voluntarily in 2004.


But Yates continued to stir up controversy upon moving to Arkansas. He made headlines again during the "Obama Riot" of 2008, an altercation between police and a predominantly black crowd of students celebrating Obama's election at Arkansas State University. According to two female witnesses, about 30 officers arrested several of the 60 or 70 celebrating students, threw them to the ground, and repeatedly kicked one man in the stomach and head. Yates told a different version of events, in which there were 200-250 students who set fire to a fence, fired weapons and attacked officers.


Scrutiny on the Jonesboro Police Department, which is 98 percent white, has grown as the investigation into Carter's death has remained underwraps. Yates has said the dashboard camera and eyewitness accounts back up the officers' claims that Carter shot himself, though the camera did not capture the moment of the shooting. Black community leaders have urged patience, but the lack of information has tensions running high.
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/chavis-carter-video_n_1776318.html
 
The Arkansas Chapter of the Commission on Religion and Racism scheduled a march Tuesday morning in Jonesboro. And others have claimed that Yates' past racially-tinged brush ups with the black community have clouded this already mysterious case.
In 2004, the local branch of the NAACP in Americus, Ga., where Yates had been police chief, rallied and campaigned to oust Yates after he allegedly conducted an illegal background check on the organization's then-vice president Craig Walker, who had been an outspoken critic of Yates' police department. Walker claimed that the department had routinely abused black residents.
Yates voluntarily stepped down.


On election night in 2008 Yates again was at the center of controversy, this time in Jonesboro.


As a crowd of African American residents -- many of them youth and college students -- gathered at an apartment complex to celebrate President Obama's victory, police arrived. Someone had called in to 911 and reported "200 black people" were screaming outside and that he feared for his life, according to local news reports.


An arriving officer reported that items were being thrown, eventually triggering the officer to hit his "emergency button."
What followed was nothing short of an all-hands-on-deck dispatch that included all city patrol officers, the K-9 and SWAT units, county sheriffs officers, the State Police and Arkansas State University campus police.


The incident came to be known as the "Obama Riot."


In all, eight young black men were arrested that night. Seven of them were charged with inciting a riot, a felony. One of the men was also charged with second-degree battery on an officer for allegedly pinning down a female officer and punching her repeatedly in the face.


But according to witness statements given to the Arkansas Times, the problems didn't begin until the police arrived.


"We were all having fun," Alexandra Ingram, a senior at ASU, told the newspaper. "We were all dancing, hugging, taking pictures. It was nothing of a violent attitude toward anyone. We were hugging people we didn't even know. We were just celebrating."
But after the wave of officers descended upon the complex, the celebration devolved into "a night from hell."


"It was handled in a way that it shouldn't have been," Ingram said. "They were very forceful when they came to us. They were very demanding and using curse words and pushing. It was a night from hell."

 

http://rogerhollander.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/chavis-carter-case-police-chiefs-past-causes-skepticism-among-black-jonesboro-residents/
 

Yates was the police chief in Americus from May 2001 through April 2004, according to that city's Human Resources department. Yates voluntarily resigned from the position, but his tenure and departure were both mired in controversy.

 

John Marshall, who was president of the NAACP while Yates was Americus' police chief, says he found the leader of the force to be a negative influence. "He is a rogue police chief," Marshall told theGrio. "We did everything to get him out of here, and it's been a great relief to have him away from here. But he left a lot of his men that were abusive and violent. And that's his nature. He's the worst thing we've ever seen."

 

Marshall's strong feelings result from a scandal which pitted the Americus NAACP against Yates when he was chief. Marshall, who is also the owner and publisher of the black newspaper, The Americus Sumter Observer, says the NAACP was working at the time to expose abuses he says Yates' officers were perpetuating against the black community.

 

"Basically the conflict we had with him was this. We had an NAACP vice president that used to go to the city council meetings and complain about Yates' behavior. He was being rough with our citizens. Several of his police officers were beating guys unnecessarily - a lot of abuse," Marshall alleges.

 

Yates used unsavory means to return fire, Marshall believes. "In order to get back at my vice president, [named Craig Walker], he did an illegal background check on this young man and found out that when he was 17 he had [been involved in a robbery]," Marshall told theGrio, adding that Yates "did not follow the proper steps to do that. You are not supposed to do that unless there is a real cause for that kind of search."

 

In response, the local NAACP launched a campaign to have Yates removed. Instead, the chief voluntarily stepped down. "They really let him resign and get on out of here, which we were glad of," Marshall related about the conclusion of the incident.

 

Nelson Brown, currently an Americus city council member, served under Yates as a commander. "I don't want to rehash any old wounds. We are trying to move forward," Brown told theGrio about his time working for Yates.

 

Yet, Brown believes that he "had some issues with race. He was not good for the department," Brown said. "When he left the department, it was in worse shape than when he got there, and we managed to recover. He came to our department like he was on a mission. And that mission was not for the growth of the department, nor the community, as a whole."

 

The city of Americus did not confirm the circumstances of Yates' resignation, but the local papers attest to the controversy that surrounded his departure.

 

Grant and Jackson are among those who say they know Yates left Americus amid serious charges of racism and abuse of power. Yates' history in Americus has filtered into Jonesboro in the form of rumors among that city's black inhabitants. TheGrio has requested comments from Yates regarding his side of the story, but so far has not received comment.

 

Yates' alleged dismissal of the Diversity Coalitions' findings have not helped to illuminate his past for skeptical members of Jonesboro's black community. Now, Carter's death has worsened already negative feelings about him among some residents.

"So, he comes to Jonesboro and imposes his attitudes on Jonesboro," Grant said of his perception of Yates' management style.

 

Jackson cannot say for certain whether Chavis Carter's death is an outgrowth of Yates' leadership, or simply a tragic confluence of mistakes unrelated to his decisions. "I'm still looking into that, so I can't really answer that," Jackson said.

 
http://bluearkansasblog.com/?p=9781
 
Now let me be absolutely clear.  This in no way indicates or proves that Chavis Carter's death was the result of foul play, is part of a cover up, or had anything to do with race.  What it does though is raise more suspicion about an already bizarre incident and a number of other practices of the police department-namely the incredible lack of minorities on the force.  It is possible that this strange case might be resolved without incident, though the story the police chief is sticking by sounds very unlikely.

That said, this is now something bigger.  Someone with Yates's record shouldn't be working in law enforcement and unless the city of Jonesboro does something about this soon it could have major repercussions for the city. (End of email sent to city council by liberals.)


 
March by Blacks Planned for Tuesday 21

 

Note:  We can find practically nothing on this CORR group (lst paragraph) on the web so it is just some insignificant group acting like somebody and note the NEWLY form organization in last paragraph

 

Excerpt from the Jonesboro Sun: Isaac Richmond, national director of the Memphis-based Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR), said Wednesday his organization and the Jonesboro United Leadership Council Coalition will carry out a human rights march in Jonesboro on Tuesday.

 

The "Cry for Justice for the murder of Chavis Carter" march will begin at the site on Haltom Street where Carter was killed, Richmond said. It will start with a prayer vigil at 12:30 p.m.

 

"All ministers, religious leaders and concerned citizens are being asked to come out and offer prayers, condolences and support for the Carter family," Richmond said.

 

At 1 p.m., participants will march north on Haltom to Matthews Avenue, then west on Matthews to Church Street, north to Huntington Avenue to the Huntington Building, 900 W. Monroe Ave., to attend the Jonesboro City Council meeting. Richmond said CORR and the newly formed Jonesboro United Leadership Council Coalition will request the creation of a multi-racial Council on Human Relations.

The groups will also outline complaints about past incidents with the police.  (From Jonesboro Sun August 16, 2012.)


Another Outlandish Quote taken from a woman in one of the marches about policemen (from Jonesboro Sun)

 

"Instead of them deer hunting and hunting for turkeys, they're out there hunting for our young black boys," one woman said. "And it's at a proportion that's just out of control."

 

 

Posted August 17, 2012 by Women Action Group