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Prince George’s County Corruption and predictions

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

As a long suffering resident of Maryland focusing on Prince George’s County who has seen numerous superintendents promising reform, here are my predictions:

  1. The scandals in PG County schools will continue and Wapo will write about them (regularly) as time goes.
  2. At the end of her contract, PG schools will be performing no better than they are today. If the past is any guide, they will be worse. Reforms in PG County usually make things worse.
  3. The new superintendent will leave her job under a cloud of corruption/incompetence. Mega corruption is already underway and no newspaper or blog has published anything because of fear.
  4. More corrupt elected officials will either resign on their own or be arrested for ongoing mega corruption involving the school system or other county agencies.
  5. “pay-to-play” culture at Prince George’s County will continue at higher rate with political donations from real estate developers seeking county approval for their building plans.
  6. Bribery, kickbacks and extortion schemes involving elected officials and others tied to the Prince George’s County development will continue flowing like water.
  7. Union Executives will continue to facilitate organized schemes to derail justice while paying off attorneys but this time will be arrested.
  8. Well connected politicians will continue to give bribes as charitable or political contributions.
  9. Developers will continue to seek opportunities to make the country more corrupt so they could cash in. But in the right circumstances, they’ll either decide to jump ship or simply have no choice but to tell the truth. It’s already happening, and there’s nothing county Executive Angela Alsobrooks can do to stop it.
  10. Board members who have embraced public corruption and have been compromised will not win another term. Eventually they might be arrested for accepting bribes and jailed for being in bed with corrupt executives.
  11. At the end of the day, PG schools will still be the worst in the state of Maryland (with the possible exception of the city of Baltimore.)
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Delegate Dereck Davis – Chair, Economic Matters Committee Maryland General Assembly advanced corruption in the Maryland and used PGCPS as an ATM Machine to advance his shenanigans which are well known. #DespotsMustFall

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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall

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Ardra O’Neal of the O’Neal Law Firm helped facilitate public corruption at the beckoning of the Maryland and county officials and the corrupt union executives.  #DespotsMustFall

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Push PG NAACP to do right thing at its meeting Thursday, 7 pm in Hyattsville

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Bob Ross ~ PG NAACP President is under fire and accused of  facilitating cover ups.

Greetings activists,

PG NAACP and  MD NAACP, Which side are you on?

Neither organization — NAACP PG, nor NAACP MD issued any strong statement of protest about ten police officers who killed Mr Shand.

This is the question to ask the PG NAACP at its annual meeting Thursday 7-9, in Hyattsville.

So far PG NAACP has put out only a mild statement (and this was done as a reaction to being misquoted by WTOP).

I urge members and others to bring up our issues at PG NAACP’s meeting this Thursday, October 17, 7 pm in Hyattsville.  Invite at bottom of this email.

Attend the meeting to encourage PG NAACP to demand or even favor:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

*  Police departments use milder ways to corral suspects.

*  Effective training of police.

*  Question trusting the Prince George’s Police Dept.’s investigation unit to do a rigorous and fair investigation.

Supporting info:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

Here is the 2015 Baltimore Sun article on LEBOR by the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

Reform Maryland’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/bs-ed-aclu-leobr-20150117-story.html

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

The PG police and the first Hyattsville policeman at the killing were not using body cameras.  The use of body cameras by Hyattsville policemen is discussed in “Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

I recommend reading entire article.

Prince George’s County says there’s no money for body cameras because the cost is 2 million dollars.   But:

The Prince George’s County Government spent just over $2 million Tax Dollars from December 2018 thru July 31, 2019 defending Racial Discrimination and Retaliation under County Executive Alsobrooks.

Dr. Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, Executive Director, Lab for Applied Social Science Research, University of Maryland, also Brookings Institutionposted:

“I just want to note that my colleagues and me at the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland conducted a study on body-worn cameras in Prince George’s County. We found that residents across race/ethnicity and social class overwhelmingly support the county having body-worn cameras.  …

The link to the published study is below. ”

http://rashawnray.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Can-Cameras-Stop-the-Killings.pdf

*  Police Departments Use Milder Ways To Corral Suspects.

Like An Argentinean Cowboy Roping A Cow With A Bola:

The BolaWrap has an eight-foot kevlar tether which can wraps itself around a man’s chest and arms or around his legs.  If deployed correctly, it can de-escalate a situation between police and a dangerous offender.  See video on TV news at

https://wtkr.com/2019/10/11/edenton-police-department-becomes-first-in-north-carolina-to-carry-new-pain-free-compliance-device/

Also, see video in this BolaWrap advertisement on the web:

Wrap Technologies, Inc. [NASDAQ: WRTC] | BolaWrap® | Policing Today

https://wraptechnologies.com/policing-today/

“The Problem

American police are rethinking their training, procedures and non-lethal tools, specifically to handle encounters with the mentally ill.

The Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research organization devoted to improving policing, reports that handling encounters with the mentally ill is a national crisis.

A Washington Post investigation [of]fatal shootings by the police in 2015 [found that] nearly a quarter of the incidents involve a person who was mentally unstable.”  (Emphasis added.)

Cheryl Fellenz posted:

An intervention of officers coming up behind an individual with protective gear and enveloping him is called by officers ” a wrap”.

Anyone who watched the video could see with their own eyes that the officers did not look like they knew what to do.

*  Effective Training Of Police.

I’m concerned about the recent lowering of standards for new police hires noted in

“Having Eight On-Leave [Hyattsville Police] Officers Adds To Staffing Shortage (Updated 10/3)”

https://hyattsvillelife.com/eight-on-leave-hcpd-officers-adds-to-staffing-shortage/

Excerpt:

“Over the last year or two, according to [Public Information Officer and Acting Lt. Zachary Nemser], the HCPD has had to adjust their hiring standards to address the shortage. Successful officer applicants were required to score 70% or above on each section of the National Police Officer Selection Test(Standard & Associates, Inc.). Officer applicants now need just a 70% average on the whole test.Physical agility requirements have also been relaxed. And if an officer makes a lateral transfer, they no longer need to pass either the written or agility tests,”

How much less do the new hires, who did not meet the 2015 requirements, know and how much less can they do than the police hired in 2015.  Were they provided with additional training to bring them up to the 2015 standards?

A score of 70% indicates mediocre knowledge; this is low-level tolerable for high school and college courses.  Policemen should be required to have serious knowledge of policing.   (I do not know how rigorous the police exams are.)

 *  Question Trusting The Prince George’s Police Dept.’s Investigation Unit To Do A Rigorous And Fair Investigation.

Prince George’s County,  “Washington’s Ferguson Next Door”

“…the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department has been most responsible for bringing any meaningful change [to Prince George’s County’s Police].”
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/washingtons-ferguson-next-door-110707.html#.VWafakLvZUR

Much more change still needed:         

“County Police Officer, Guilty of Second Degree Assault for Assaulting a Citizen Who Was Handcuffed  //  Officer Repeatedly Punches Man In The Face While Handcuffed Behind His Back [And Secured With A Seat Belt In The Front Seat Of Police Car].”                            August 8, 2019                    More info at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1510&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Prince George’s Officers of Color File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Widespread Race Discrimination, Retaliation by PGPD            December 12, 2018

https://www.washlaw.org/news/795-prince-george-s-officers-of-color-file-federal-lawsuit-challenging-widespread-race-discrimination-retaliation-by-pgpd

“Racial Discrimination In The Prince George’s Police Department”

“Racial discrimination in the Prince George’s Police Department is discouraging the reporting of abuse committed by PGPD officers because Latinx and Black officers in the department experience retaliation for speaking out about it, spurring a lawsuit. New leadership in the county must take firm steps to enable full compliance and accountability in the department in order to end abuse of citizens by police.”

From the blog posted Jan 3, 2019 on the Progressive Maryland website at:

https://www.progressivemaryland.org/racial_discrimination_in_the_prince_george_s_police_department

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Other notes: 

“ACLU: Hyattsville Police Shooting Part Of Troubling Pattern”

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/06/aclu-hyattsville-police-shooting-part-of-troubling-pattern/

Excerpt: Jay Jimenez, a Legal Program Associate for the ACLU of Maryland, What we’ve seen is that most of these police deaths in Maryland, especially involving people of color with disabilities could could have been avoided.”

According to Jimenez, preventing these deaths requires a reevaluation of the validity of current police de-escalation training and the use of less-than-lethal tools, such as tazers, pepper spray and beanbag shotguns.

“I’ll just be clear: The use of tasers, OC sprays, flashbang grenades, or other methods of less-than-lethal force are not the same as de-escalation,” said Jimenez. “Based on the video footage that we’ve seen, this actually had the opposite effect in the shooting of Leonard Shand.”

More from“Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

“Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon has called into question major aspects of the police narrative surrounding last week’s fatal police shooting of Leonard Shand by 10 officers from Hyattsville, Prince George’s County and Mount Rainier police departments.”

“Solomon’s recollection of this aspect of the video footage he has reviewed was backed-up by a participant in the Oct. 1 meeting who told city officials she was present when police first encountered Shand, and who said she did not see knives in his hands during those first moments of Shand’s police encounter.”

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June White Dillard foreground and members of pg county chapter of Naacp must rise up to the occasion and do what is right. They must avoid being seen as facilitators of corruption in the county affairs and address issues in a fair manner.

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Contentious race for House speaker to culminate in special session as Corruption worry many.

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From left, Maryland Democratic Delegates Maggie McIntosh (Baltimore City), Adrienne Jones (Baltimore County) and Dereck E. Davis (Prince George’s County).

The race for speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates has come down to two candidates — and every vote counts. (See letter to the Delegates below)

Ballots will be cast during a special session Wednesday in an intense contest full of suspense that has everything from party infighting to threats of political retaliation from outside groups.

The historic campaign to become the next house speaker is turning ugly, bitter and divisive. The Democratic Party and the Legislative Black Caucus are split over who to endorse.

“It makes no sense that we should be divided in the Democratic caucus,” Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn said.

Baltimore City Delegate Maggie McIntosh, a white woman who is openly lesbian, and Prince George’s County Delegate Dereck Davis, an African-American man, are competing to succeed Michael Busch, who died earlier this month. Either pick will be historic because the speaker’s position has always been held by a white man.

Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones dropped out of the running due to lack of support. She’s supporting Davis in a questionable move.

“Unity over politics, and that’s how I go,” Jones said according to Baltimore TV 11.

The campaign is turning ugly with Baltimore City Delegate Regina Boyce accusing Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Darryl Barnes of referring to the race and sexual orientation of McIntosh in order to push to elect the first African-American speaker. Barnes denies the allegation. Boyce bolted from Tuesday’s bill-signing ceremony before anyone could ask her about it.

McIntosh held a conference call Tuesday to discuss her vision, outlining classroom funding and school construction as her top priorities.

“Education will be a top priority in my speakership. I will be the education speaker,” McIntosh said.

Glenn, a good friend of McIntosh, is backing Davis.

“I respect the way that he bridges differences not only with other Democrats, but also with the Republicans,” Glenn said. However, in Prince George’s County which is the epicenter of all the corruption in Maryland sees Mr. Davis in another light as the facilitator of questionable activities.

The 42 Republicans in the House want a seat at the table.

“We want the next speaker of Maryland not to be the speaker of the Democratic caucus, but the speaker for all of us, all of Maryland,” House Minority Leader Nicholas Kipke said.

Democrats and Republicans will meet separately at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss who to support. Many expect a floor fight when the voting process begins at noon.

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OPEN LETTER TO MARYLAND DELEGATES

Dear Honorable Members of the Maryland House of Delegates,

There are three Motions and a brief currently pending in various courts including the U.S Supreme court due to illegal schemes facilitated by Honorable Delegate Dereck Davis and others tied to him. A letter was also mailed to the Thatcher Law Firm (contractor for the Board of Education for Prince George’s County) and copied to each Board of Education member for Prince George’s County concerning serious shenanigans which have been going on in Maryland for many years now. We wanted to make sure each one of you received the information and reflected on it before making a decision for a new speaker.

We have also attached the ruling of Administrative Law Judge Brian Zlotnick in this post which led to the Thatcher Law Firm engaging in widespread violations of law in Maryland and elsewhere at the beckoning of the corrupt union executives. The problems are ongoing after Thatcher law firm was awarded more than $5 million “No bid” contract of the public funds. Thatcher Law Firm is working closely with O’Neal Law Firm which initiated an illegal suit in Washington DC Superior Court.  Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) Union which has been behind the scenes advancing some of the shenanigans including facilitating illegal behavior within Maryland such as abusing the court process for selfish individuals engaged in a criminal behavior.  All these illegal activities are tied to well-connected individuals in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and in Baltimore City who benefit unjustly using public funds. The legalized lynching of Josephat Mua through the court system must be stopped and be compensated as directed by the Judge Brian Zlotnick in 2012.

The fact is that Maryland House of Delegates, Maryland Senate and the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Board members either supports this system of legal lynching, or is so cynical as to remain silent in order to court the racist and discriminatory vote. Many of us don’t know which is worse.

Blacks in the 1950s and ’60s led a mass movement to overcome a brutally hostile Democratic Party machine and turned the political tide against an entrenched system of legalized racism. We are calling on each one of you to do the same and elect a leader with good moral values as the next speaker but certainly not Delegate Dereck Davis. If he has been able to pull off these illegal activities like this in Prince George’s County imagine what he will do once he becomes the speaker.

Corruption takes birth in a society when its citizens fail to believe that the nation is a common property of all its citizens and the generation yet to come. Every situation, where you leave truth, you are giving birth to corruption, no matter how simple or how complicated is the matter.

Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and some of these legislators have political personal ambition over that of community in the betterment thereof the County with years of minimal return with the liberal machine along with the oppressive democratic machines. There is no moral compass and the messy truth is no one wants to be honest about the cause and effect of the situation in Prince George’s County.

Reversing the forces of incivility, misinformation, and the active marketing of cynicism will require concerted, collective efforts. Understanding the social and economic characteristics of Prince George’s County with political incorporation rather than representation as the prerequisite.

We will continue to reach out and advocate for what is right in Maryland to the other key players who we believe violated our rights through participation and covered up the mischief in order to benefit unjustly.

Please review the Motion to the court to make a judgement for yourselves and see how Delegate Dereck Davis is connected to the illegal activities in court. Ask tough questions concerning ongoing illegal agenda. Call your elected officials including Board members and tell them to stop the illegal legal lynching of Josephat Mua. Should you need any additional information or if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us at infor@pgparents.org

Sincerely,

Joseph Mua

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Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City). (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

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Dereck E. Davis (Prince George’s County).

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Maryland middle school cancels play but now says the show might go on

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For months, students at Hyattsville Middle School in Maryland practiced for their spring musical. They recited lines, learned songs and imagined the world of the spelling bee contestants who were at the heart of their show.

Then, just before spring break, performances of the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were canceled with little explanation — setting off a wave of concern and criticism from parents who questioned whether the decision was related to gay characters in the musical.

“This is Hyattsville, Maryland, in 2019, and I can’t believe that is a reason,” said Elizabeth Tornquist, whose daughter was rehearsing for the show in the Prince George’s County school.

By Tuesday evening, school officials had agreed to revisit the issue, saying they would look into whether it would suffice to simply let people know the show was for more mature audiences so that they could decide whether to bring younger children.

School officials also said they would go back to the licensing agent for the Broadway hit to ask again about modifying language they said contributed to a decision that the musical was not appropriate for middle school.

None of the changes being requested involve eliminating the gay characters, they said, despite chatter on social media.

“I know that there was a rumor and a concern, but we’re not seeking to remove gay characters, nor was the play canceled because of gay characters,” schools spokeswoman Raven Hill said.

Parents gathered at Hyattsville Middle for a meeting Tuesday, demanding answers for the abrupt cancellation. A small group protested before the meeting, bearing signs with messages that included, “The Show Must Go On!” and “Three Months of Work For Nothing?”

Robert Kapler, whose 13-year-old daughter was involved in the musical as part of the school’s creative and performing arts program, said he was dismayed to hear of the show being halted so close to curtain time.

“She would wake up and practice,” he said. “She practiced after school, and she practiced at night. She practiced her singing. She practiced her dancing. She practiced her lines.”

“My main concern is that they’re shutting down something that should have been allowed to go forward because they put so much work into it,” he said.

The issue hit a nerve in Hyattsville, a community that many say prides itself on being diverse, welcoming and LGBTQ-friendly.

School officials sent a letter to parents in mid-April, abruptly canceling a show not long from opening.

“Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the Spring Musical dates of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th,” the letter said, adding that a parent meeting would be held Tuesday to answer “any of your questions, comments or concerns.”

Some parents complained that they went through spring break without knowing why the show was being stopped.

Justine Christianson, president of the school’s PTSO, said she had received an email Tuesday morning from Monica Goldson, interim chief executive of the Prince George’s school system, saying the cancellation came after teachers expressed concerns about “the extended use of profanity” in the musical.

That email said the play’s content had been reviewed by school officials who decided to cancel the play because copyright laws did not permit a change in language.

“It was then deemed more appropriate for high school and not middle school,” the message from Goldson said. It added that school system officials would create a process for approval of plays before students begin practicing “to ensure this does not happen again.”

At the parent meeting Tuesday, school officials mentioned a number of concerns — with racial humor, sexual innuendo and what one described as some “cuss words.”

Parents pressed to know more about when and how concerns had arisen — and where the process had gone wrong.

“This play is two weeks out. . . . I find it completely unacceptable,” one mother said.

The decision to revisit the issue came after a student who was at the gathering suggested the disclaimer about more mature content, so families could decide if the show was suitable for the very young.

A school board member, Pamela Boozer-Strother, who represents the area and attended the meeting, supported the disclaimer.

“It was something that had been on my mind,” she said later. “I was glad the student asked it, and she was able to take us in a new direction of a solution that may be possible.”

The school system said it would report back within two days about whether the show will go on, Boozer-Strother said.

“I don’t think the reasons for all of this were made very clear, but I am glad there is a way forward and that the students don’t feel all of their hard work was for nothing,” Christianson said.

Karl Kippola, a professor and director of the theater and musical theater program at American University in Washington, directed a campus production of the musical. He called it a “lovely” show — lighthearted and irreverent but also moving as it depicts the struggles of young spelling bee contestants.

He said one contestant’s gay parents appear briefly, and there are a couple of instances of mild profanity “but not anything that people have not heard in school before.”

Jesus is invoked in an exclamation, he said — which leads to the appearance of an actor dressed as Jesus, who gives the speller advice.

“The idea that people would be offended by it, that seems to be a little bit of a stretch,” he said. He said he could not call it a safe, traditional pick for a middle school but could see how students would find it fun to work on.

“It would be something they could relate to much more personally and directly,” he said. “Above all, the musical is funny and it makes the problems accessible but not overwhelming.”

He added: “People who are looking to be offended can find something offensive in it, but I think you can do that with most musicals.”

Via Washington Post 

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Family demands answers after 9-year-old PGCPS girl defends herself in altercation against boys

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By Mikea Turner

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A family in Prince George’s County is demanding answers after a nine-year-old girl was caught on camera defending herself against a group of boys at her bus stop.

A camera mounted on Ailea Arrington’s home captured disturbing video that sparked outrage last week when a family member posted the April 5 incident online.

The video shows Arrington, a fourth-grader at Barack Obama Elementary School, throwing and taking hits from a boy who also rides the bus.

She tells WUSA9 she was involved in a couple of altercations with one boy on the bus before it stopped at her bus stop, which is less than five minutes away.

“I had to defend myself,” said Arrington.

The altercation that started on the bus ended on the sidewalk in front of her home, but it was not a one-on-one fight. Arrington said a few boys got off the bus to help their friend. Before she knew it, she was surrounded by a group of boys. Arrington said the bus driver got off and told everyone to stop, but they didn’t.

“I’m just angry, I’m very angry,” Bonnie Scott, Arrington’s grandmother, said. “My baby could have hit her head on that concrete and couldn’t get back up, then what?”

“It’s not just about Ailea, it’s about all kids,” Scott said. “What do we do to protect the babies on the bus and when they get off the bus?”

Scott was home at the time, but was asleep after suffering from an injury the day before. She learned what happened after a parent close by helped Arrington get home. Now, Scott meets her at the bus stop every day and takes her to school.

“I checked her and she said they pulled her hair and her head was hurting a little bit, so I greased her scalp and just held her,” Scott said.

She said Arrington cried for hours.

It’s not clear what the initial fight was over on the school bus, but Scott has requested to see camera footage from beginning to end.

Scott had a meeting with the school principal lat week, but none of the parents or boys showed up. She was told the incident is under investigation.

A spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Public School System told WUSA9 in a statement:

“We are extremely concerned about the events depicted in the video. While we cannot discuss individual student disciplinary measures, we will take appropriate action according to our student code of conduct once the investigation is complete. The principal has met with families of the students involved and will resolve the matter with the seriousness that it deserves. Every Prince George’s County Public Schools student has a right to be safe while they are in our care.”

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Via WUSA9

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Former PGCPS Executive Shawn Joseph Forced out of Tennessee dotted with legal, ethical issues – ties to local corruption

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former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

One of the former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph who helped cover up corruption through Dr. Lilian Lowery and transferred the same shenanigan in Nashville, Tennessee has been forced out of the job.

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a widespread scheme involving high level executives at Sasscer. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal affianced in a wide ranging plot and bribery to defeat justice for employees. Dr. Shawn Joseph who later joined the PGCPS District at the beckoning of Dr. Lilian Lowery was also part of the mix in the same scheme.

The fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed and omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even acknowledged extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County ties to discrimination. The public corruption in Prince George’s county public schools starts on an administrative level and is interconnected to local lawyers with ties to some local politicians, which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

In retaliation for exposing their shenanigans in this blog, the current interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson ordered this blog to be blocked in the PGCPS network and other parts globally on or around November 2018 in order to minimize their expose of their illegal agenda.

Shawn Joseph’s departure from Tennessee, due to similar issues and public corruption fiasco connected to Maryland and Denver, Colorado is a wake up call in Maryland. While major issues are interconnected, local issues are playing out around this case. The recent indictment of Gregory B. Craig, President Obama’s first White House Counsel shows that while Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, its effects will continue to ripple outward across the Washington DC metro area for a long time. Paul Manafort’s prosecution was a wake-up call for Washington lobbyists and Craig’s indictment is sounding the alarm for attorneys engaged in a widespread bribery using unaccountable money meant for public schools in a town full of them.

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Attorney Ardra O’Neal is involved in criminal undertaking of defrauding employees while working closely with employers including PGCPS in malicious undertaking. Employees and other citizens be aware of her shenanigans. She is involved in Self-dealing and fraud. Self – Dealing may involve misappropriation or usurpation of corporate assets or opportunities.  Anyone who has been a victim of her mischief is asked to report her fraudulent schemes to the law enforcement agencies at the earliest opportunity. In addition, she needs to be reported to the bar counsel ASAP!

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Monica Goldson (seen here) The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) under Dr. Monica Goldson as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster according to the reports from Tennessee. The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee in high level corruption. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee. Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Tennessee citizens just like Maryland citizens are demanding for Transparency,  accountability and sanctions to the corrupt executives after state and Federal laws were broken willfully in both states.

We reprint the report by newschannel-5 article below:

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Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

By: Phil Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s the end of the road for Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph — a road dotted by legal and ethical potholes.

Under the terms of his buyout deal with the school board, Friday, April 12, is his last day.

But Joseph’s journey as Nashville’s first African-American director of schools began in July 2016 amid high expectations — with the school board essentially giving him a blank check.

“I think that Dr. Joseph needs to do whatever he needs to do to make sure that we are successful,” then-chair Anna Shepherd said.

Within months, there were ethical questions.

When NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked about the qualifications of the people he brought with him from Maryland, Joseph directed staff not to answer those questions – saying the district should wait and attack the reporter’s methods.

A school maintenance worker was also directed to work on Joseph’s house.

An email showed he would be “on the clock,” working at taxpayer expense. Joseph blamed his assistant.

“I hold myself to the highest level of integrity,” the schools director told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in October 2016.

We asked, “So where did she get the idea that he would be on the clock? Did that come from you?”

“No,” he insisted, “and that’s what I corrected it in an email.”

Joseph still ordered the man’s supervisors to allow him to modify his work schedule to work at the director’s house.

That fall, our investigation caught the schools director using a bus driver to chauffeur him around town — including for personal errands — with taxpayers paying for the driver to wait and wait .

But when we tried to show him the video, he walked out of the interview.

“This is one of the few districts where I’ve ever worked where the number of vacancies goes up instead of down,” former Metro Schools administrator Mo Carrasco told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in December 2017.

“People are leaving. People are not happy. And we keep saying to people that everything is great and we’re making progress. We are not making progress.”

Those comments come just before Carrasco, one of the director’s longtime friends, resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

On his way out, Carrasco raised questions about how Joseph was spending the district’s money.

“I made a statement one day to some of the executive staff that we have too many contracts, too many consultants in the district,” he added.

“They are running into each other, and I don’t think that was taken very well.”

Our investigation later discovered Joseph’s team had hired consultant friends , sometimes without contracts, sometimes without getting the required board approvals .

When two school board members, Jill Speering and Amy Frogge, requested an independent audit last April, Joseph lashed out, accusing them of behaving inappropriately and risking a potential lawsuit.

“It’s a lawsuit when you are inappropriately pointing people out and making comments that are not appropriate,” he argued.

Frogge responded, “I am doing my job, and I am not inappropriate.”

Last summer, two Metro Schools employees went public with horrific sexual harassment allegations against principal Sam Braden .

The district’s own files showed there was lots of evidence.

Still, Joseph’s team did nothing until after our investigation aired and then only under pressure from school board members.

After repeated interview requests were declined, NewsChannel 5 Investigates tracked down the schools director.

“Did you drop the ball?” we asked.

“I did not drop the ball,” he answered, refusing to answer any specific questions.

To try to calm the controversy, Joseph later convinced the school board to sign a $100,000 contract with a Nashville law firm to review the district’s Human Resources Department.

Then, a secret recording caught him hinting to school bus drivers that they should vote against vice mayor candidate Sheri Weiner, potentially in violation of state law.

In September 2018, new school board member Fran Bush had questions about Joseph’s continued use of a school bus driver as a chauffeur while a bus driver shortage left kids sometimes waiting for long periods to get home from school.

Our investigation discovered that Joseph’s account of how he used the driver did not match records provided by his office.

“I clearly think, at this point, learning about this information, we need to open up an investigation,” Bush told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

As Joseph’s relationship with a few board members continued to sour, our investigation uncovered new questions about his ties to a company that got a $1 million, no-bid contract in violation of state law.

The district bought the student assessment software, then did not require schools to actually use it.

Then, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained the law firm’s confidential HR report, which warned the district is facing a morale crisis that threatens its ability to attract and keep good employees.

And a group of teachers decided to go public, suggesting that Joseph’s discipline policies were making their jobs harder.

“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” guidance counselor Constance Wade said during a Teacher Town Hall.

Through it all, the schools director never took personal responsibility for any of the controversies.

In fact, he blamed NewsChannel 5 Investigates of trying to create hysteria over the sexual harassment issue.

“Let me tell you, what I don’t respect about you, my friend, is that you like to try to create unnecessary narratives on very important topics to try to create this hysteria,” Joseph told us last year.

“You should be ashamed of yourself.”

More recently, he had suggested to support employees that they should not be airing the district’s business in public — a lesson he said his mother taught him as a child.

“I told you about my mom with her little belt thing,” Joseph said during a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union, Local 205.

“She said, ‘I wish you would tell somebody our business outside in the streets. We handle stuff right in this house.'”

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Fiasco after 1 person dies, 6 Taken to Hospital in Crash Involving PGCPS System bus with students

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A car was sandwiched between a truck and a Prince George’s County school bus. The driver of the car is dead.

A woman in a car was killed and more people, including two students, were injured in a crash in Clinton, Maryland, involving a truck and a Prince George’s County school bus, police say.

Six people, including two high school students and the bus driver, were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, Prince George’s Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady said.

Two people refused transportation to the hospital.

A preliminary investigation shows that a tractor-trailer was traveling south on Route 5, or Branch Avenue, and all other vehicles were travelling near the intersection on Surratts Road when the crash occurred about 6:15 a.m., police say.

The school bus was headed toward Charles H. Flowers High School, Prince George’s County Public Schools says. Video shows it was struck on the side and faced serious damage to the front.

The truck was knocked onto its side, spilling its contents over the road. A Hyunday was smashed between the bus and the truck, badly mangled.

The driver of the Hyundai was killed, police said. Her body was extracted after several hours.

Witness Marvin Simpson, who caught video of the impact on his dashboard camera, said the driver of the truck quickly climbed out and went to check on the car.

The truck driver’s wife, Jeanine Guzman, said her husband is a safe driver who has driven trucks for a long time.

“He doesn’t smoke; he doesn’t drink. Nothing,” she said.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski pointed out that the intersection is sloped on each side and compared it to the bottom of a bowl, making it extra dangerous.

“If you’re texting while driving, if you’re not buckled up, this is one of those places that because of the geography you can have worse outcomes,” Stawinski said.

A hazardous materials team was called to clean up fluids leaking from the vehicles, Prince George’s County Fire said.

All southbound lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up; only one northbound lane was open for a time.

Maryland State Police initially said there were no students on board the bus.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The collision closed Maryland Route 5/Branch Avenue for much of the morning, and a hazardous materials team assisted with the cleanup.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Below is dashcam video of the fatal crash, which some might find disturbing.

A dashboard-mounted camera caught the moment a truck slammed into a school bus headed to Flowers High School in Prince George’s County on Wednesday, sending six people to the hospital and killing one woman. The crash occurred at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Surratts Road. (Dash camera video credit: Marvin Simpson III)

(Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019)

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