It looks like Stephen Clay is on his way to be appointed to the Indianapolis Police Merit Board. I wonder if anyone did a thorough background check?
Posted: 04|20|12 at 12:26 pm by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz
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Abdul, you forgot to mention who’s pick he is. Is the he FOP’s? Is he the City County Council’s?
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Council. Vernon Brown sponsored the ordinance appointing him.
Looks like the Chris Christie of the hood. Too many donuts.
What are the oddsmakers saying about the way Verm…Brown will vote on ousting Straub? His Merit Board pick, Rev. Clay says Straub – “can’t do the job.” He wants Straub gone.
WHy would it matter about whether or not a back-ground check was performed on him? It seems lately that the Mayor and his appointees are unaware of the concept of due dillegence regarding facts about the Police Department.
Are part of the job requirements to wear 6 flak jackets at the same time?
Brown did a lot of hand-wringing during the 2011 reconfirmation vote and voted for Straub in the public safety committee and in the full council.
Keep in mind Brown is a firefighter and, once the state “double dipping” law takes affect, won’t be on the public safety committee much longer.
Abdul, you don’t have to attack every one of Straub’s enemies. Rev. Clay is not on my top 10 list. However, he does represent the widely diverse group that is exposing Straub. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Fraternal Order of Police, Baptist Ministers, Rev. Harrison’s Group, many community groups and leaders, the Police Merit Board, past and present Marion County Sheriffs, the City County Council and the list goes on and on.
Mayor Ballard if you are reading this, remember what Gunny Mayfield told you all of those years ago about that plagued Staff Sergeant. Apply that to your decision about keeping Straub. Mayor Ballard I have heard you say so many times the most important aspect of leadership is that “everyone wants to be on a good team.” Just like Gunny Mayfield, you owe your IMPD team and the Community a “clean, hardworking and ethical Command”, as you put it. Please Sir, use your own leadership philosophy as you make your decision on replacing Straub.
That’s a huge appointment. And I *DO* mean huge!
Oh great, the guy who brought Al Sharpton to Indy….
-and I saw him give a well prepared speech AGAINST Straub’s reappointment to the council.
Clay is the Al Sharpton of Indy. Looking for social justice only when there is perceived injustice by other’s skin pigment.
Sharpton said he plans to open an office in Indianapolis.
“I’m going to open up a headquarters here; I’m going to work hand and glove with Dr. (Stephen) Clay. I don’t know the mayor … don’t need to know him, but I can tell him one thing … with me hanging around town, you can wish you met with Dr. Clay and all the ministers,” he said.
Nothing like having Al Sharpton wanna-be on the police merit board. Too funny.
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Abdul: “Reverend Stephen Clay and his minions
I asked if he had ever been the subject of an investigation by the Department of Child Services. His response, “I’m not going to answer that question” and walked off.’Continue reading on Examiner.com The Quest Begins… – Indianapolis Political Buzz | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/article/the-quest-begins#ixzz1scK06Jzd
Guest said: “Nothing like having Al Sharpton wanna-be on the police merit board.”
They already got Joe Slash….think Straub wants them to compete for the Sharpton slot?
Oh, GOOD GRIEF!!! Are you kidding me??
IMPD OFFICERS ARE UNSHAKEABLE!!!
You know, it seems like the Rank and File Officers of IPD/IMPD have been under a constant political bombardment for several years. It is refreshing to see 99.9% of our Officers are hardworking and ethical. I encourage those Officers to continue exposing wrong doings. Despite all of the politics they have to endure, the discipline and efficiency they display in serving us, day in and day out, is encouraging. Keep it up Officers. We Citizens appreciate your dedication to duty, even under the difficult environment that is outside of your control.
Abdul, thank you for providing this forum. For the Community I think these discussions (sometimes uncomfortable) will ultimately help provide a better system. Transparency in our government is way more important and healing than any one public official’s position.
“They” already got Joe Slash? Do you even know Joe Slash?
Don’t matter if the person is large or small in size.
What matters is what a person does.
If you’ll voice your prejudices about a person’s size, you will also attack because of race, economic status, educational level, religion, sexual orientation & the like.
Well, with this appointment, a voice is given to those that claim they have none.
This may be better than many are first inclined to think.
Think about it….
Have you been in therapy?
A good scotch & sitting out on the back deck are all I need.
Well that’s kinda like therapy. But damn it’s cold out there.
Background check? How’s anyone gonna see the background with him in a picture?
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An effort is under way to get Indiana lawmakers to re-examine Indiana’s self-defense laws.
of the Indiana chapter of the National Action Network said Thursday
they’re starting a campaign to make sure 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s
death was not in vain. Martin is the Florida teen who died after being
shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The group is seeking answers surrounding the shooting as well as a review of state policy.
group believes George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, should face
charges. Florida officials haven’t charged him, saying he was within the
law because he said he was acting in self defense.
Indiana has a law that protects people if they hurt or kill someone to stop them from committing a felony.
must ensure that the state of Indiana, that there is no opportunity for
an aggressor to wrap himself or herself around the law that lacks
clarity and provides even a measure of opportunity for a murderer to go
free,” said Stephen J. Clay, president of the Indiana chapter of the
National Action Network.
The group announced plans for a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis.
With the Trayvon Martin story, Al Sharpton may have found his key
back into the limelight – or at least, he’s gambling what remains of
his reputation on it as though he has. Now, Sharpton has involved his
National Action Network in the controversy, and has threatened the city
of Sandford, Florida, with increased civil disobedience if Martin’s
shooter, George Zimmerman, isn’t arrested soon. This could include
boycotts and other economic “sanctions.” The Boston Herald reports:
“I will speak about how the National Action Network will
move to the next level if Zimmerman isn’t arrested,” Sharpton said, who
founded the organization. He added that it was the Martin family and
lawyers who first asked him to get involved and nationalize this
“Whether he (Zimmerman) had a swollen or broken nose, neither one
means he had to take a 9 mm and kill someone,” he said. “It’s not about
saying Zimmerman is innocent or guilty, this is about whether there was
probable cause to arrest him.”
He criticized the way authorities have released information about the
case and said they are setting a harmful precedent, he said.
Sharpton first made the warning in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.
Further details on this disobedience could come as soon as tomorrow.
With Zimmerman’s story increasingly being called into question, Sharpton
may well get his wish, though hopefully any arrest that does come will
come not because of economic blackmail, but rather because of
information uncovered by the grand jury.
I posted the last two segments to highlight the group National Action Network which the Rev. Stephen J. Clay is a member.
How in the world does a police officer get a fair shake when charges are brought upon him or her, and they have to stand in front of the Merit Board, which is their judge and jury for discipline for IMPD,and get a fair shake with folks like Rev. Clay.
I’m not IMPD, just a citizen who sees the making of a Kangaroo Court within the IMPD Merit Board. The Board was not designed to have community activist, it was designed to give a fair and umbiased view their actions!
Here is my question, posters? will IMPD members get a fair analysis of the facts with the Rev. Clay on the Board, or will politics prevail?
Politics prevails now, Turk. A different kind of politics, granted, but it’s still ugly.
If any of what’s alleged about this man turns out to be true, it will likewise reflect on any councilor who made such an endorsement, politically and against the interests of those they’re sworn to protect.
You haven’t paid close attention to the zoning boards and MDC, have you? Checkbook zoning rules.
Well, with the fact that in 90 days, IMPD & the tax-paying public won’t have Straub to kick around anymore…
Make this new one worthwhile, Mayor.
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