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By Attorney Rees Lloyd
December 25, 2014

Why is there so little attention given in the Garner case in New York by the media, and in remarks by government officials from Obama on down, all of whom are otherwise so exercised about racial inequality, about the fact that the supervising sergeant at the Garner take-down was a black female, a key fact which is rarely even mentioned let alone focused upon despite its essentiality?

Why this apparent "unequal" treatment, compared with how the supervising officer, Sgt. Stacy Keen, was treated in the infamous Rodney King case in Los Angeles?

That is, I remember being interviewed years ago during the Rodney King case and riots in Los Angeles by the late broadcast legend George Putnam on his Original Talkback Show in L.A. (now hosted by his longtime producer and sidekick, Chuck Wilder).

I was interviewed as a civil rights attorney about the vilification of Sgt. Stacy Keen by the media, and demands by liberals, race hustlers, and rioters for Keen to be criminally prosecuted, all apparently happy to toss away his and other cops' presumption of innocence in the name, hypocritically, of “equality.”

The inequality of the treatment of Sgt. Stacy Keen, white male supervising officer at the scene in the Rodney King case, and Sgt. Kizzy Adoni, the black female supervising officer at the scene in the Garner case, is as clear as “black and white.”

Sgt. Stacy Keen was vilified although he never punched, kicked, or clubbed King. Keen in fact used a "taser" on the out-of-control King rather than have him beat him down or shot down.

However, the taser had no effect on King. That is some indication of what the cops were dealing with when trying to arrest the huge, out-of-control, drugged-up, convicted felon Rodney King. So, Sgt. Keen tried a second taser before resorting to batons and "swarming" Rodney King as officers are trained to do.

Again, the second taser didn't stop King, who, like Garner, was resisting arresst. King, of course, was desperate not to be arrested because of his criminal record, which might mean a return to prison. It was only after that failure of the second taser to stop King that Keen instructed subordinates to swarm King and use their batons to control King.

The famous video showing batons being used on Rodney King were edited by the media to show the beating, but not the preceding conduct of King that necessitated the use of those batons. Television news edited the tape to eliminate King's conduct. Spike Lee did the same, beginning his movie heroically iconicizing Black Muslim Malcolm X with the Rodney King video--stripped of King's acts resisting arrest prior to use of the batons.

The world was thus informed by the media through artful dishonest editing of the video that out-of-control white cops were furiously beating with clubs a black man concerning but a traffic offense.

Rodney King was thereafter sanctified as innocent black victim of white racism. Sgt. Stacy Keen was simultaneously vilified in the media as a white racist cop, including for tasering King, although the same media today wail that Garner should have been tasered rather than taken down physically.

Sgt. Keen, despite trying to control King by taser, twice, was criminally prosecuted, as were his subordinates. In fact, Keen was held out as the most guilty because he was the senior officer at the scene.

However, the jury -- which considered all of the evidence, including all of the video showing not just King being beaten with batons but the actual beginning of the video showing the out-of-control actions of King resisting arrest which brought on the use of batons -- acquitted all the officers of criminal charges, including Sgt. Keen.

That brought on the Rodney King riots. Fifty-three people would be killed in the Rodney King Riots; not by “racist cops,” but by rioters, almost all blacks and Hispanics, aided and abetted by white self-declared "revolutionists." Those fifty-three people died in vain. To the best of my knowledge, there was not a single prosecution, let alone conviction, for murder, in any degree, for any person who caused those deaths.

The apparent reason for non-prosecution of death-causing black rioters was not to disturb a black community so easily moved to riot to get its way, and not to be subject to equal application of the rule of law although all the while demanding equality.

Meanwhile, Rodney King was elevated from his well-earned status as a lowlife black habitual criminal, drugster, wife and woman beater, later arrested aficianado of alley-love with transvestite male prostitutes, into a sainted icon of innocent black victimization by white racist cops.

This same elevation to heroic black "victim" status -- in complete defiance of all facts and evidence to the contrary -- has been similarly accorded in the contemporary "post-racial" (sic) presidency of Barack Obama first to Trayvon Martin; then to Brown in Ferguson; and now to Garner in New York, the facts and evidence notwithstanding.

After Sgt. Keen's acquittal in the criminal prosecution, the federal government in the Rodney King case, desperate to avoid even more rioting, then prosecuted Sgt. Keen and the other white officers a second time in federal court for violations of Rodney King's "civil rights." A jury, with foreboding threats of further riots overhanging the civil rights trial, found Keen and all but one of the others guilty. King was awarded some $3-million dollars in damages for violation of his civil right to break the law and resist arrest, proving crime does pay. (King’s primary lawyer would later denounce King as a totally despicable person. This apparently had something to do with a fee dispute. Poetic justice.)

While the black King became a millionaire, the career of Sgt. Keen, branded an evil white racist, was, like that of officer Wilson in Ferguson in the Brown Case, ruined--despite Keen's outstanding record as law enforcement officer.

There is an important fact about Sgt. Stacy Keen, although little publicly known, that should provide compelling evidence to even the most diehard black race hustler, e.g., Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, Obama, Holder, or self-righteous white progressive liberal, e.g., DeBlassio, Clinton(s), Pelosi, or "revolutionists," e.g., Obamo’s domestic terrorist bomber friend and apparent ghost writer Billy Ayres, that Stacy Keen was no racist. Although I was interviewed by George Putnam about that fact years ago during the Rodney King case-- the other media somehow did not find it important to print or broadcast it, the “public’s right to know” and journalistic ethics notwithstanding.

That fact is this: There was in the Ramparts Division, one of the worst in L.A., a frequently arrested, lowlife black career petty criminal who was known to be infected with AIDS. It didn't stop him from engaging in various criminal acts, but AIDS was wasting him away on the way to killing him. One day, as this black AIDS infected habitual criminal was brought in on yet another arrest, he fell to the floor writhing in convulsions. One cop, who knew well this black criminal was infected with AIDS, rushed over to him, and saved his life by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. That white cop was Stacy Keen.

Now, consider: Would a "white racist" really act immediately to render mouth-to-mouth resuscitation knowing the recipient writhing on the floor was an unwashed, filthy-clothed, smelly, wasted away AIDS-ridden black street criminal on a death track from incurable AIDS? That was what Sgt. Stacy Keen, alleged "racist white cop," did to save a black criminal dying of AIDS. Is that evidence that Sgt. Keen was a “white racist cop”? Not to put too fine a point on it--would you do what Sgt. Stacy Keen did without hesitation?

Notwithstanding that evidence indicating to any fair-minded person that Keen was not a racist, Keen was the supervising officer at the scene in the Rodney King case, and, must therefore be branded as a white racist cop.

Although Rodney King was not killed, and had no permanent injuries from being batoned, Sgt. Keen was vilified in the media as a racist white cop doing harm to a black victim, Rodney King, out of racist animus. Sgt. Keen, therefore, had to be criminally prosecuted. When the liberal California government couldn't convict him on criminal charges in State Court, the feds had to prosecute him a second time in federal court for violating Rodney King's civil rights because King is "black." The “black community” (sic) threatened further riots if its demands for “justice” (sic), and “equality” (sic), were not met. Thus was Sgt. Stacy Keen brought to reputational and career ruin.

Now, in 2014, comes another Rodney King-type case, the Garner case in NY. The NY York police are branded as white racist cops just as in the Rodney King case. Now, however, the supervising officer in the Garner case in New York is a black female sergeant.

Now what? Well, what is happening is that the role of the supervising officer is not treated as it was in the case of Sgt. Stacy Keen in the Rodney King case. Instead, the black female supervising officer is hardly even mentioned as playing a role in the Garner case. Is this "equality" as defined in practice by progressive liberal media and government in the Age of Obama, in which the National Government so clearly rules by race?

Although Sgt. Kizzy Adoni didn't try to taser Garner when he resisted arrest, and although she never ordered the officers at any time to stop doing what they were doing, and although there are riots, and although the "post-racial" (sic) First Black President has gravely intoned that we, meaning America, must act to deal with the problem of unequal treatment of blacks who are being killed by racist white cops despite black Barack Obama being President and black Eric Holder being Attorney General for six (6) long years, no one is accusing the black female Sgt. Kizzy Adoni of being at fault in the Garner case; no one is holding her responsible as supervising officer at the scene; no one is vilifying her; calling for her termination; or for her prosecution. Indeed, she is hardly mentioned at all in media reports, or in the outraged spoutings demanding “equality” and “justice” of so-called “black leaders,” e.g., the utter fraud Rev. (sic) Al Charlatan, politicians, government office holders and bureaucrats, and television talking heads or print media pundits.

Why not? Why the manifest disparately of how the black female supervising officer at the Garner scene, Sgt. Kizzy Adoni, and the white male supervising officer at the Rodney King scene, Sgt. Stacy Keen?

If it is all about treating blacks equally with whites, then why is there hardly a mention in the media that the supervising officer in the Garner case, equal to Sgt. Stacy Keen in the Rodney King Case, is a black female, Sgt. Kizzy Adoni? Is she to be held to a lesser standard? Is holding blacks to a lesser standard not racism?

I am not at all suggesting that black female Sgt. Kizzy Adoni in the Garner case should be treated equally with the way that white male Sgt. Stacy Keen was treated in the Rodney King case--because what happened to Sgt. Stacy Keen was manifestly a despicable injustice that should not be inflicted on anyone, white or black.

I am suggesting, however, that it should be explained by the media, Obama, DiBlassio and other spouters of platitudes of equality, why so little attention is being paid to the fact that it was a black female sergeant who was supervising the officers who took Garner down, and who did nothing to order otherwise.

It is important, of course, because it is indisputable that if black female supervising Sgt. Kizzy Adoni is not guilty of "racism" in what happened to Garner, then no officer is guilty.

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Perhaps that is the "inconvenient truth," so to speak, that the media and the government under the progressive liberal racialist rule of Obama nationally and DiBlassio in NY would rather the public not know about.

Indeed. The media, and Obama as President, Holder as Attorney General, DiBlassio as Mayor of New York, and all those self-righteous rioters, race-hustlers, and self-defined white "revolutionists" are once again proving they have no real interest in "equal treatment," or “equal application of the law,” or "justice," or "an honest dialogue about race," and that what they are doing is acting once more in aid of their real interest – that is, exploiting race to advance their progressive liberal political ideology, and to preserve their power to rule.

By doing so, they are providing, once again, clear and convincing evidence of their hypocrisy, lack of integrity, and unfitness to govern.

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Rees Lloyd, a one time ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorial Project of the American Legion Dept. of California, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

A longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.

He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC's Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.*

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It is important, of course, because it is indisputable that if black female supervising Sgt. Kizzy Adoni is not guilty of "racism" in what happened to Garner, then no officer is guilty.