My name is Omar Askia Ali AKA Edward Sistrunk. On topic is “A Force For Change.”
There is a book out by Norman Carter Jr., a former Philadelphia police officer, entitled “The Long Blue Wall.” It’s a must-to-read. He was branded as a certified threat to the status quo. He recently written about the emotional scars he received from clashing with and trying to expose corrupt police, fellow cops, and supervisors during his years on the job from 1967 to 1992. The blue wall of silence- the blue wall of silence protected the crooked and punished the vocal. This was why cops just like crime organization for protecting their own by keeping their mouth shit.
He now lives near Atlanta where police community relations are strikingly similar what they were in the late sixties and early seventies. Police shooting civilians, police winding up in [inaudible] about corruption and brutality. The big differences, he says, is that social media amplified bad behavior. In his book, Mr. Norman Carter, Jr. recounts learning that mobsters is connected to Philadelphia mafia boss at the time [inaudible] were untouchable.
It was the norm for police officers to take a note from those engaged in street crime and another article in Philadelphia Daily News, 9/16/16, another former Philadelphia police officer Jeffrey Walker who has pleaded guilty to corruption charges in 2014. He states that he and his narcotic squads framed people with perjured testimony, bogus warrants, and ultimately became a unit of thieves stealing more than 1 million from drug dealers.
Walker pleaded guilty in 2014 to federal corruption charges after he was caught stealing money, during an FBI sting. Out of the 6 officers that Walker testified against, only Perry Bates was retried. However, so far the district attorney’s office and the courts have agreed to dismiss charges against from 700 suspects who were arrested by Walker and the 6 others.
Afterwards, many of the individuals sued the city. In a statement by another tainted police officer, William O’Brien, and 11/15/91 in the Philadelphia Daily News, he admitted he was hooked on drugs and boof when he began stealing money doing drug raids with other squad members. O’Brien took a reporter- told a reporter that’s- that shaking down drug dealers was stupid, that everybody was doing. O’Brien once said that it is the one squad, narcotics unit unit in 1981 and 1982, he was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison.
The same individual is the same one who framed, and I’m still fighting for my freedom since ’71. The current DA in Philadelphia has provided the court of public opinion for the tainted officer lists and by the number of former district attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.