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Friday, July 19, 2019

Justice For Tymar Crawford

Source: Dream Defenders, Pensacola, Facebook

Source: Dream Defenders, Pensacola, Facebook

According to information provided to the Pensacola News Journal by the Pensacola Police Department and comments given by Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting death of Tymar Crawford.

According to the Pensacola Police Department, Tymar Crawford was shot by police following a traffic stop for suspected marijuana use. Subsequent to the stop, it is alleged by the PPD that Tymar Crawford disarmed one of the officers. Crawford was then shot and later died in hospital on July 5, 2019.  Fox10 reported that Crawford was eventually stopped and shot "in Crawford's own front yard."

The Pensacola Police Department's depiction of the incident varies considerably from the version presented by family and residents to WEAR TV Channel 3 News. Kimberley Henderson, Crawford's girlfriend, told WEAR that Crawford was not fighting with the police.  In her version, Crawford had his hands up when four officers began punching him, four officers tasered him, and then he was shot when he was unarmed.  According to WEAR, Henderson's teenage son witnessed the incident.  It is not clear if Henderson herself was a witness.

However, a neighbor, Annie Walker, told WEAR that "to me it was murder."  Crawford's mother, Charnell Palmer, plans to sue the Pensacola Police Department, according to the WEAR report.

Sarah Brummet of the Liberation newspaper also reported from the scene of the shooting.  Brummet reported: "Multiple witnesses contradicted this [official police] story, insisting in conversations with this reporter that Crawford had his hands up when he was shot to death by the police. Despite the presence of several eyewitnesses who contradict their official narrative, the police have fabricated an alternate scenario in an attempt to justify this atrocity, and the local media has reported that version of the events unquestioningly."

Mayor Robinson assured residents living in the vicinity of C Street and Brainerd that the police camera footage and their eyewitness statements would be included in a "thorough" FDLE investigation.  County Commissioner Lumon May and City Council member Jewel Cannada-Wynn were also on the scene with the mayor.

Thus, this officer involved shooting already has a high profile within the Pensacola mayor's office.

The community has responded to the shooting death by holding a "Justice for Tymar Crawford" march to the Pensacola Police Department on July 15th.  According to the Facebook page, the march was co-sponsored by the Answer Coalition and the Pensacola chapter of Dream Defenders

It is anticipated that community support for the Palmer family will continue and increase.

Political pressure on the mayor and city council may also increase to ensure not only that this investigation is thorough and transparent, but also that the community's distrust of the police and anger at general police mistreatment are also addressed.

The Facebook page of the Pensacola chapter of Dream Defenders published the Palmer family's demands [see above graphic] which specifically requires city and police responses.

Dream Defenders has also scheduled a "Pensacola People's Assembly" at the Fricker Center on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 1830h [see above graphic].  For more information on how you can become involved, see the Dream Defenders' Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


On November 12, 2018, the League of Women's Voters Education Committee, headed by host Dr. Paula Montgomery, and co-sponor, the Southern Poverty Law Center, represented by Tallahassee-based Outreach Paralegal Maya Rose Goldman, presented the documentary "Prison Kids: Juvenile Justice in America."

According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Justice presented by the film's producers, Youth First Initiative, "three-quarters of the youth incarcerated in the juvenile justice system are locked up for offenses that pose little to no threat to public safety such as probation violations, status offenses (e.g. running away, skipping school), property and public order offenses, and drug offenses. Only one in four youth placed in youth prisons and other out-of-home confinement in the juvenile justice system had committed any of the most serious violent crimes according to the violent crime index (e.g. aggravated assault, robbery, rape or homicide)."

The documentary was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ms. Lisa Nellessen-Savage, executive editor of the Pensacola News Journal. Panelists appearing in the videos below include: Dr. Bradley Lord, director of in-home on-site services of the Lakeview Center; Mr. Paul Wallis, chief probabation officer for Circuit 1; and, Reverend Rodney Jones, president of the Pensacola branch of the NAACP and also head of the Healthy Opportunities and Options Promoting Success (HOOPS). Also appearing was Mr. Jerry McIntosh, president of the Movement for Change, who substituted for his wife Carol, who was to represent the Coalition for Justice.

Below, are videos of the Introduction by Dr. Paula Montgomery, brief panel commentary, and the question-and-answer session, followed by closing remarks by the Maya Goldman.

Dr. Paula Montgomery, Introduction

Ms. Lisa Nellessen-Savage, Intro to Speakers

Dr. Bradley Lord, Lakeview Center

Mr. Paul Wallis, Dept of Juvenile Justice

Rev. Rodney Jones, HOOPS/NAACP

Question: Trauma-Informed Care in Escambia County

Question: Treatment After Child Leaves Program

Mr. Jerry McIntosh, Movement for Change, Call for Citizen Advisory Board

Question: Racial disparities in Escambia County

Continuation of racial disparities

Mr. Fred Gant, lawyer, question on implicit bias and police training

Ms. Maya Rose Goldman, SPLC, closing remarks

Saturday, October 27, 2018



In January 2018, Representative Matt GAETZ (FL-CD1) invited a known Holocaust denier and white supremacist Chuck C. Johnson to the president's State of the Union address. Gaetz was informed immediately by the Anti-Defamation League and the Republican Jewish Coalition, via letter and tweets, respectively, of Johnson's beliefs.

Matt Gaetz completely disregarded these factual warnings and, in the case of the ADL, the request not to associate further with Chuck Johnson. Matt Gaetz ignored this request as well. In fact, within a few months of these facts being given directly to him, Gaetz failed to show at a candidate's forum in Pensacola, Florida, and instead, was fundraising with the very same Holocaust denier on a yacht off Newport Beach, California, the congressional district of Putin's favorite congressman, Dana Rohrabacher.

But, while press reporting emphasized that Chuck Johnson was a Holocaust denier and white supremacist, believing that all African Americans were "dumb," Johnson had also used his fundraising website WeSearchR to raise over $150,000 for neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin's Daily Stormer Legal Defense Fund, and was to receive $22,000 of the proceeds raised. WeSearchR also raised defense funds for a man who sent journalist Kurt Eichenwald, who suffers from epilepsy, a gif on Twitter intended to injure or kill him.

Andrew Anglin, according to a December 2017 story in The Atlantic, titled "The Making of an American Nazi," "wrote about his longing for a race war...against...Jews, blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, women, liberals, journalists..." Anglin told his fellow neo-Nazis that in the coming race war "'you are either going to be stacking or getting stacked."

All of these facts were easily discoverable had Matt Gaetz conducted "any due diligence," according to the Anti-Defamation League's February 1, 2018, letter.

After an initial flurry of national attention regarding the SOTU invitation to the Holocaust denier, the mainstream press moved on to other national outrages.

The purpose of this article is to document Matt Gaetz's vile, despicable behavior, and, hopefully, to give his record on this issue a higher national profile. Full disclosure: I support his opponent, Dr. Jennifer Zimmerman, and was the author of her political advertisement on Matt Gaetz and the Deep State.


When Matt Gaetz was asked by Politico why he had invited a known Holocaust denier to the president’s State of the Union address, Gaetzreplied, “I had no idea who he was.” While there are indications that he had known Chuck Johnson since October 2017 when Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, “Putin’s favorite congressman,” introduced them. But, that is not important. What matters is Gaetz’s initial responses to Politico.

Having done a Google search, all Gaetz could laughingly say is that he was “quite famous for his activity online,” was “intrigued” by Johnson, and that Gaetz himself was quite open minded about who his political associates were, claiming, “I don’t have an ideological purity test.”

Well, being “famous” for being a Holocaust denier and a white supremacist is one way of describing Johnson. “Intriguing.” What would be so intriguing about a man who thinks all of your African American constituents are “dumb”? Or whose immediate reaction to a claim of rape is to smear the victim as a “liar”?

Yes, Matt Gaetz has no “ideological purity test.” Nor does he have a moral test.

What is astounding is that even when provided evidence from a letter sent by the Anti-Defamation League to Gaetz on February 1st and two tweets sent by the Republican Jewish Coalition to Gaetz on February 1st that Chuck Johnson was a Holocaust denier—evidence I will show below—Matt Gaetz went on Fox Business News, and elsewhere, to defend Chuck Johnson and claim he was “not a Holocaust denier.” Incredible.

Before we get to the evidence from the Anti-Defamation League and the evidence a simple Google search should have revealed to Matt Gaetz before he gave the Holocaust denier a ticket to the State of the Union speech, Chuck Johnson admitted he was a Holocaust denier. And then, in typical Alt Right, neo-Nazi fashion, claimed it was all a lark; a joke; just a troll for the Lulz. But, that is not true, Matt Gaetz.

NOTE: Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs is not Chuck C. Johnson, the Holocaust denier and white supremacist.


Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, a conservative blogger who quit the right-wing in 2009 because he was completely fed up with the rampant anti-Semitism and racism on the right-wing, reported on February 6th two tweets highlighting the very partial evidence that Chuck Johnson was a Holocaust denier.

On Thursday February 1st, Michael Scherer, national political reporter for the Washington Post, tweeted that Chuck Johnson had stated in January 2017—a full year that Gaetz’s Google search should have revealed—that Johnson did not believe that six million Jews had been murdered in the Holocaust.

On Friday, February 2nd, the Republican Jewish Coalition forwarded Michael Scherer’s tweet directly to Matt Gaetz.

Thus, when Matt Gaetz defended Chuck Johnson after February 2nd, regarding Chuck Johnson being a Holocaust denier, he was ignoring evidence from a Republican Jewish source.

In fact, on February 8th, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition told BuzzFeed News that the comments of Matt Gaetz were not correct and Gaetz’s claims that the Republican Jewish Coalitionbacked Gaetz up were false statements.

In addition to the Friday, February 2nd tweet from the Republican Jewish Coalition, on Thursday, February 1st, the Anti-Defamation League sent Matt Gaetz a letter providing factual evidence that Chuck Johnson was a Holocaust denier and had raised funds as a business partnership with a known neo-Nazi, Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the Daily Stormer.

Thus, if Gaetz had failed to uncover the following information before he gave Chuck Johnson a ticket to the president’s speech, there is certainly no excuse for Gaetz not knowing this information after the ADL sent him a detailed letter expressing the facts they had collected and the assessment they had made.

In fact, the ADL sadly noted that any measure of due diligence would have uncovered these facts. Gaetz’s behavior in this matter is simply inexcusable.

The ADL’s letter stated that Johnson did not believe that six million Jews had been exterminated in the Holocaust—the most core belief in Holocaust denial—and that Johnson believed the gas chambers not being real.”

Well, there is one thing about not having an “ideological purity test,” and a completely different matter about knowing established history.

Had Gaetz himself had any curiosity or any moral doubts, a Google search would have disclosed that Chuck Johnson made these comments on Reddit in January 2017—yes, more than a year earlier.

Thus, we have to wonder if at any time did Matt Gaetz do any due diligence?

Chuck Johnson claimed that he had “read…all of David Irving.” How curious that he failed to read this article from more than ten years earlier in which David Irving was not only sentenced to three years in prison for his hateful claims regarding the Holocaust, but that Irving had “later changed his views.”

Yes, it appears that both Chuck Johnson and Matt Gaetz keep up with the latest news.

In the Anti-Defamation League’s February 1st letter, they told Matt Gaetz that Chuck Johnson owned the WeSearchR crowdfunding website for the Alt Right and neo-Nazis. And that Johnson had raised over $150,000 for neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and stood to profit $22,000from that fundraising. Thus, Johnson’s claim that this is all a joke for the Lulz is not true.

Had Gaetz done any, any research after February 1st, he would have found on the ADL’s own website—after all, he would not have to look very hard—a report, “Funding Hate,” which detailed Johnson’s fundraisingfor the neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin.

And, had Gaetz any moral inclination to know more about Andrew Anglin—to pull the string, if you will, he would have found the article, “The Making of American Nazi” in the December 2017 issue of The Atlantic.

And there he would discovered that the neo-Nazi Johnson was raising funds for wanted a race war in America against “Jews, blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, women, liberals, [and] journalists.”

In that ghastly race war, Anglin believe that “‘you are either going to be stacking or getting stacked.’”

And, if he had done "any due diligence," he would also discovered that Johnson's WeSearchR fundraising site was in March 2017 raising money from neo-Nazis to defend the man who had attacked journalist Kurt Eichenwald with a pulsating gif on Twitter--knowing that Eichenwald suffered from epilepsy.

Now, Matt Gaetz wants to have it both ways. He wants to say, on the one hand, these are not my beliefs. On the other hand, he has not stopped defending and fundraising with Chuck Johnson who does hold these beliefs.

These beliefs are hateful. They are disgusting. They are directed against your constituents you claim to represent.

And yet Matt Gaetz has not only not repudiated Chuck Johnson, as the ADL requested, he has continued his deep political association with Chuck Johnson.

Just under 12 days after the Anti-Defamation League and the Republican Jewish Coalition told Matt Gaetz directly that Chuck Johnson was a Holocaust denier, the Jewish Telegraph Agency, the Jewish Chronicle, and the Haaretz newspaper in Israel all demanded that Gaetz sever ties with Chuck Johnson.

Gaetz ignored them.

Not only did Matt Gaetz ignore the mountain of evidence against Chuck Johnson. Not only did he ignore respectful requests to disassociate himself from Chuck Johnson.

No, Matt Gaetz snuck off to a yacht in California to raisefunds for his re-election campaign with Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, “Putin’s favorite congressman.”

The only logical conclusion the voters of Florida’s First Congressional District can reach is that Congressman Gaetz does not believe any of the evidence. None of the evidence.
It proves that while Matt Gaetz may not have an “ideological purity test,” he also does not have a moral test. There is no behavior from a Holocaust denying white supremacist too low for Matt Gaetz to accept.

You can say that before January 31st that Gaetz was rushed. That Gaetz did not bother to do look into Johnson’s background. You can say that he looked into it, but did not really see a problem.

But, after February 1st, when the Anti-Defamation League and the Republican Jewish Coalition point out that evidence, all of Matt Gaetz’s excuses evaporate. Gaetz had months to talk to the ADL and the RJC and other organizations. He could have consulted with experts.

Whatever Gaetz did, one thing is clear. He has no ideological or moral problem doing business with a white supremacist and Holocaust denier.

That is just who Matt Gaetz is.

If not before January 31st, but certainly afterwards, a few mouse clicks would reveal Chuck Johnson to be a racist white supremacist.

In these tweets from April and May 2015, Johnson uses theN-word over and over and over again. What educated man does that? What educated man tolerates that?

And probably because Matt Gaetz did not want to find out anything about Chuck Johnson, he missed Johnson talking on a white nationalist Internet talk show explaining why he believed that all African Americans are “dumb.”

Matt Gaetz, whose congressional district includes a significant portion of African Americans, has no ideological or moral troubles associating with and fund raising with a white supremacist.

No problem at all because that is who Matt Gaetz is.


In a previous video on Matt Gaetz and his fanatical obsession with the “deep state,” I showed you how he dismissed the sexual assault or sexual abuse claims of several male wrestlers from Ohio State University as the product of a “deep state” conspiracy.

Chuck Johnson, dispenses with the “deep state” conspiracy. Circumstantial evidence suggests he was linked to the effort to brand analleged victim of anal rape at Columbia University of being a “liar.” Though the case is complicated and no rape charges were brought by the university, that does not mean she was a “liar” or had engaged in a “hoax.”

Before that, Johnson was directly responsible for outing and smearing the wrong woman at the University of Virginia in another complicated rape story. Johnson apparently thought the woman was a “‘rape-obsessed’ liar,” according to a Jezebel report.

The New York Times reported in December 2014 that Johnson“offered money for photos of [then] Senator Thad Cochran’s wife in her nursinghome bed. The person responsible for taking the picture went to jail.

The New York Times described his style of journalism as essentially finding a target, designating the target, and then goading the Twitter mob to swarm and attack. As the Times put it, “Much of what he publishes is either wrong or tasteless, but that matters little to Mr. Johnson or his audience, which responds by forming mobs on Twitter or using the personal information to put fake ads onCraigslist to chase after the targets he points to.

And, Johnson’s WeSearchR raised “bounty” funds for a project to find “evidence of adultery by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.”

In short, Johnson has a complicated history of allegedly attacking women, for no apparent reason, other than they may annoy him or there is some unknown political gain to be had.

But, Matt Gaetz has no moral problem associating with a Holocaust-denying, white supremacist who attacks women.


When you look at much of the evidence available to Matt Gaetz well before January 31st and you look at all the evidence after that date, it is clear that the reason Matt Gaetz did not do his proper due diligence is because he has no moral or ideological tests with whom he does business with.

He only has a political test which is what is good for Matt Gaetz.

Matt Gaetz will ignore easily available facts and credible sources. He will repeatedly defend a self-confessed Holocaust denier. He will ignored evidence of this Holocaust denier raising funds for a vile neo-Nazi who wants to stack bodies in an American race war. He will ignore evidence that the man is a white supremacist who claimed all African Americans are “dumb” and who will for a laugh use the N-word. And he will ignore evidence that the same man smears women for no reason.

Matt Gaetz has shown that in this simple case—evidence from credible sources, requests from credible sources not to associate with a known Holocaust denier—that Matt Gaetz will do whatever it takes to promote Matt Gaetz’s political future.

Matt Gaetz has shown in this simple case that he cannot collect facts. He cannot assess them. He cannot make correct moral judgments.

Can you really trust Matt Gaetz to make sound, moral judgments when the issues are more complicated, sophisticated, and complex?

Do you really want to trust the future of your children, your family, your community, and our country to this man?


The original article deliberately left out some details that require connecting the dots with dotted lines. For example, when did Matt Gaetz really meet Chuck Johnson? Almost certainly, he did not meet Johnson just before the State of the Union address by Trump. That claim is ridiculous.  Second, what was Gaetz's real interest in Johnson?  And third, what else was Johnson involved in that bolsters the view that Johnson is potentially Gaetz's gateway to the neo-Nazi underworld.

On January 31, Gaetz told the Daily Beast that "he and Johnson had no pre-existing relationship'" and that when Johnson just "'showed up at my office'" Gaetz gave him a coveted ticket to the State of the Union address for that night. That is not only not believable, but Johnson told the Daily Beast in the same article a completely different version of the truth. According to the Daily Beast, "he said he and Gaetz were introduced by another member of Congress....Johnson said he was invited by several members of Congress but 'took Gaetz’s invitation' as 'he's into stuff on the issues that I care about.'"

While Johnson did not divulge which member of Congress introduced Gaetz and Johnson, the most likely guess is Putin's favorite (now ex-) Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. In a now deleted June 21, 2018, Facebook post, Johnson described Rohrabacher as "'my friend and adopted congressman,'" according to Mother Jones magazine.

In addition, the Los Angeles Times reported in August 2017 that Johnson had arranged for Rohrabacher to meet Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London in the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been hiding since 2012. The U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment released in January 2017, stated, "We assess with high confidence that the GRU used the Guccifer 2.0 persona,, and WikiLeaks to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets."

In October 2017, Rohrabacher invited Johnson to a meeting on Capitol Hill with Senator Rand Paul.

But, that was not Johnson's only affinity with the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election.

According to a Politico report, Johnson had recommend the black hat, neo-Nazi hacker Andrew Auernheimer, aka "Weev," to  the late Peter Green, the 81-year old Republican who was attempting to contact Russians in order to acquire Hillary Clinton's 33,000 missing emails. Green committed suicide almost immediately after divulging his activities to the Wall Street Journal.

Whatever Johnson's level of information regarding individuals or activities surrounding the Russian attack, the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to interview Johnson, according to a Daily Caller report.

In October 2015, Johnson and Weev teamed up to release videos that had been secretly filmed by operatives for the Center for Medical Progress in a disinformation campaign against Planned Parenthood.

Johnson, in other words, has financial and/or operational links with neo-Nazis.

Thus, the available information leads us to tentatively answer the three unanswered questions, leaving room for some conjecture.

When did Matt Gaetz meet Chuck Johnson?

Most likely in October 2017 when Rohrabacher brought Johnson to a meeting with Senator Rand Paul. This October meeting came after the August 2017 meeting in which Johnson and Rohrabacher met Assange in London. We cannot be sure. But, we can be certain that Gaetz met Johnson before January 31, 2018, even if we cannot be certain when it was. Gaetz's cover story is simply not believable.

Why then and why Johnson? Because Gaetz has been obsessed with using the "deep state" conspiracy theory to undermine the Mueller investigation into the Russian attack and any links the Trump campaign may have had to the Russian attack.

Johnson's level of information, even if he had only peripheral awareness, would have been of interest to Gaetz. Gaetz has proven that the lack of empirical evidence is no barrier to him fervently believing something is true. For Gaetz, something is true if it advances his political and personal agendas. And those twin agendas line up perfectly with Trump's agenda to derail the Mueller investigation.

What Gaetz wants his constitutents to believe is that on the day of the State of the Union address some guy came waltzing into his office off the street, dazzled him with witty word play, and Gaetz offered him a ticket. That was Gaetz's story at 1247 hours on January 31, 2018. Gaetz's story is so patently absurd that only Gaetz could have thought it up and believed it credible. But, at 1844 hours on January 31, 2018, Gaetz claimed "'I had no idea who he was'" and "'another member [of Congress] sent Chuck to me.'" That is when Gaetz was dazzled by Johnson's eloquence. Both versions are bull.

Gaetz would like his constituents to believe that Johnson's peripheral knowledge about an effort to obtain Clinton's missing emails; his close, working relationships with both Julian Assange and Dana Rohrabacher; and, Johnson's hostile trolling of liberals were unknown to Gaetz.

And, Gaetz wants his constitutents to know that not only did Gaetz not know that Johnson was a Holocaust denier, a white supremacist, and a fundraiser for a neo-Nazi advocate for a future American race war, but that between January 31, 2018, and July 20, 2018, Gaetz either did not bother to find out, or, if he found that information, that it did not matter to him because according to Gaetz, "'I don't have an ideological purity test.'"

What is interesting, though, is that through Johnson, and perhaps unknown others, Gaetz has his own private entre into the neo-Nazi underworld.

This is the current state of the Republican Party. Members of Congress like Matt Gaetz and Steven King can have links, direct or indirect, to neo-Nazis and nobody cares in the Republican Party's leadership.