October 20, 2019

U.S. Justice Department Report on Baltimore Policing: “Evidence of a Vindictive, Politically-Motivated Obama DOJ,”

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Department of Justice Report, “Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department,” Comes on Heels of Failed Prosecution of Six Baltimore Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

163-Page Report Was Highly Critical of Baltimore City Police Department

Hicks Says DOJ Report Contains “Classic Leftist Class/Race Theory,” Calls it Insulting to the Baltimore City Police Department

Hicks Says, “I Smell Another Federal Consent Decree That Will Federalize Baltimore’s Struggling Law Enforcement Officers… on the Heels of an Unprecedented National War on Cops — and Cop-Killing at Levels the Nation Has Not Seen Before.”


Los Angeles, CA /Washington, D.C.
– Project 21’s Joe R. Hicks has reviewed just-released U.S. Department of Justice report, “Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department,” investigating the police department of the city of Baltimore, and found it wanting.

“After wading through 163 pages of tedious government-speak, it turns out the Department of Justice’s indictment of the Baltimore police department rests on the controversial liberal/leftist theory of ‘disparate impact,’ which argues that any practice or policy that results in a disproportionate impact on ‘protected groups’ is inherently racially biased. Apparently, too many black residents of Baltimore have been stopped, searched, arrested or jailed. What should that number be to satisfy Loretta Lynch, our nation’s unapologetically-ideological Attorney general? Crickets. In issuing this report, Barack Obama’s DOJ, now seemingly acts as the legal arm of the nation’s radical black activists,” says Joe R. Hicks, political commentator and Project 21 member.

“Combining classic leftist class/race theory, the report argues that there are ‘two Baltimores, one wealthy and largely white, the second impoverished and predominantly black’ to argue that deployment of scarce police resources to poor, violent, crime-ridden black neighborhoods is something that violates federal law. However, more accurate is the fact that little in the way of crime occurs in Baltimore’s ‘predominantly white’ areas, while crime, violence and homicide is at crisis levels in poor black parts of the city. Lynch unwittingly verifies this, saying in her report that ‘BPD made roughly 44 percent of its stops in two small, predominantly African-American districts’ containing only 11 percent of the city’s population.’ Without tackling the undergirding and important questions of why some of the predominantly poverty-stricken neighborhoods wallow in crime and dysfunction, the DOJ report insultingly indicts an entire police agency as an aggressive, out-of-control department that prays on the people it is sworn to protect and serve,” Hicks continued.

“Baltimore is the nation’s 21st largest city, with a population that is 63 percent black. The city has been under the control of the Democrat party since 1967, when the city last had a Republican mayor, Theodore McKeldin. Under Democrat rule, Baltimore has struggled with growing crime and violence, with 2015 being the most deadly year in the city’s history, with 344 homicides — nearly all young black men killed by other black youths. Despite the inference that Baltimore is a segregated center of racial intolerance, the city’s politics have been controlled largely by liberal black Democrats for decades. Its city council is predominantly black, its mayor is black and more than half of its police force is comprised of minorities and women and 54 percent of its command staff are from racial minorities. This is hardly Selma Alabama circa 1963,” Hicks added.

Hicks continued: “It is more than suspicious that this DOJ report is issued within weeks of Marilyn Mosby’s announcement that, as the state’s prosecutor, she was forced to drop all charges against six Baltimore police officers because she simply had no actual evidence of any wrongdoing. More evidence of a vindictive, politically-motivated Obama DOJ? I suggest that this is the case. The Justice Department’s report says ‘it looks forward to working… to create lasting reforms.’ I smell another federal consent decree that will federalize Baltimore’s struggling law enforcement officers, as has now happened in numerous cities like Ferguson, Missouri. This, on the heels of an unprecedented national war on cops — and cop-killing at levels the nation has not seen before.”

Joe R. Hicks is a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, is the vice president of Community Advocates, Inc., a privately-funded Los Angeles-based political think-tank.

For more than 35 years, Hicks has been an active and high-profile figure. Beginning in the turbulent 1960s and into the 1990s, Hicks’ views were aligned with what he describes as the “orthodoxy of left – liberalism.” By the mid-1990s, however, he began a lengthy re-examination process that resulted in dramatically-altered political views and positions. Today, his views often stand at odds with the beliefs with which he was long associated, and he now identifies himself as a political conservative.

Representing Project 21, he has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN, NBC, Newsmax TV, SiriusXM satellite radio, USA Radio Network, Salem Broadcasting, Westwood One and other national television and radio networks, and his opinion articles and interviews have appeared in national and international print media such as the Washington Post andOrlando Sentinel. A former analyst and commentator for PJTV.com, he hosted “The Hicks File” and “The Minority Report” programs for the web-based media outlet. From 2005 to 2008, he also hosted the weekly “Joe Hicks Show” on KFI-AM in Los Angeles.

Prior to co-founding CAI, Hicks served as the executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission from 1997 to 2001. In the early 1990s, Hicks was executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the civil rights group formed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hicks previously served as a member of the Board of Governors for the California State Bar as well as on the California Advisory Panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

In 2007, Hicks testified on behalf of Project 21 before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding proposed legislation to create a “special resource study of sites associated with the life of Cesar Estrada Chavez and the farm labor movement.” Hicks, who had worked with Chavez, noted that “labor leaders who lead non-UFW farm worker associations hotly dispute the notion that Chavez or the UFW ever represented their views and challenge what they see as ‘mythology’ surrounding Chavez.”

See Joe Hicks talk about the Black Lives Matter movement on the Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File here and, also on The Kelly File, the Baltimore riots linked to the Freddie Gray case here. Some of many other media interviews by Joe Hicks are available here.

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Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Condemned for Remarks, Actions in Freddie Gray Case

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

“Abusing her power in this way makes her unfit to continue in this office”

“If Mosby had a single shred of dignity she would resign her post immediately”

“Her decision to unleash a prosecution on six individuals without evidence of criminal wrongdoing is as wrong as the inflammatory prosecutorial tactics of Michael Nifong”

“Trials are not… tools to quell a restless crowd”

“Perhaps Mosby would be better suited to criminal defense law”

“There is no excuse for the kind of rhetoric that Prosecutor Mosby has employed”

“Stunning ignorance and incompetence”

“Mosby gave encouragement to the street thugs who now literally control Baltimore streets at nightfall”

Los Angeles/St. Louis/Washington – Black conservative leaders Joe Hicks, Stacy Washington and Horace Cooper are responding to the fiery press conference today by Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who essentially blamed the Baltimore Police Department for her failure to win convictions in cases against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Mosby was the lead prosecutor in the government’s case against six police officers in the April 2015 death of Gray until announcing today that the state is dropping its prosecution after failing to win convictions in the first four trials.

Mosby claimed the failure of her prosecution team to win convictions was due to “an inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves.” The police strongly denied the allegation of bias and noted that Mosby’s office had the legal authority to conduct its own investigation, but did not.

Black leaders affiliated with Project 21 are critical of Mosby.

“Today we saw further evidence that Marilyn Mosby’s stunning ignorance and incompetence is combined with the arrogance and racial truculence of a common street activist,” said Joe R. Hicks, a Los Angeles-based political commentator and Project 21 member.

“Unable or unwilling to admit something that is apparent to even the most casual observer – that absent reasonable cause, she attempted to persecute six innocent Baltimore police officers – Mosby spoke to the media and lobbed yet more racial hand grenades. Apparently she hoped that doing so would somehow help to save her ragged and tattered credibility,” Hicks continued.

“The case brought by Mosby never had any substance and was driven only by the outrageous political zeal of this race-obsessed prosecutor. Mosby’s outrageous statements fanned the flames of racial victimization and division, which serves no purpose, except perhaps her own demented sense of ‘social justice,'” said Hicks.

“Intentionally or not, Mosby gave encouragement to the street thugs who now literally control Baltimore streets at nightfall. The city’s homicide rate was up 44 percent between 2014 and 2015, and on a per capita basis, Baltimore’s current homicide rate is the deadliest in city history. The majority of Baltimore’s homicide victims and perpetrators are black – as they are nationally. Viewed in that light, Mosby’s politically-skewed prosecutions of police will mean more black community members will die. Feeling unsupported and persecuted, police will understandably pull back from the aggressive police tactics that have been shown to work prior to the current war on cops that has made police work difficult and deadly from Dallas to Baton Rouge,” continued Hicks.

“Playing the victim, Mosby claimed her failed, incompetent efforts to prosecute the Baltimore officers was somehow ‘one step closer to equality,’ thereby showing her contempt for the laws she is sworn to uphold. Her job isn’t to achieve ‘equality’ for any particular group, but to be a strong and unbiased voice for justice under the law. However, from the beginning Marilyn Mosby acted as a racial advocate pursuing a racial agenda undistinguished from the nihilistic black mobs who roamed the streets of Baltimore during several nights of terror, arson and looting. If Mosby had a single shred of dignity she would resign her post immediately and offer a public apology for her actions in this case,” Hicks concluded.

“Marilyn Mosby seems unable to comprehend that her own actions are responsible for the lack of convictions in the Freddie Gray case,” said Project 21’s Stacy Washington, a St. Louis radio talk show host. “By overcharging the officers she guaranteed their exoneration. This is truly shameful. Now Americans are stuck with acquittals stained by a cloud of accusations. Prosecutor Mosby’s tone is also an issue. Listening to someone in a position of authority railing and screaming into a microphone distracts from the actual message. If the statements made by Mosby about ‘police policing themselves’ are true, her manner of disseminating this information reduces the impact of her accusations.”

“Meanwhile, the safety of the residents of Baltimore is negatively impacted,” Washington continued. “Fewer police officers means more crime. While the homicide rate is up the number of new applications for Baltimore police force trainees is up as well, which is a silver lining. Another bit of good news is that the Baltimore police, working alongside the community, have implemented a number of new initiatives: body cams, transportation truck cams, training on use of force, to name a few, that will ensure better relations between the police and the community. There is no excuse for the kind of rhetoric that Prosecutor Mosby has employed.”

“Looking ahead,”Washington concluded, “she faces defamation and invasion of privacy suits from the two remaining officers charged in the Freddie Gray case. Perhaps Mosby would be better suited to criminal defense law instead of working for the state as a prosecutor.”

Legal commentator Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21 and former assistant law professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia, said, “These cases have finally come to an end. They should never have begun. Even as she acknowledged the dismissal of all charges against the remaining officers, Marilyn Mosby appears to not have realized the seriousness of her missteps. Trials are not fact-finding opportunities nor are they tools to quell a restless crowd. They are serious measures representing the awesome power of government that should only go forward when there is a high confidence of criminality and a likelihood of a conviction.”

“Her speech after the announcement was unfortunate and disgraceful,” Cooper added. “Her comments were likely to leave the public with the impression that America’s legal system is unfair and unjust. Her responsibility to embrace the law was rejected by her unwillingness to accept the failures of her department and the reality that one possible reason she never was able to succeed in these cases is because these accused men and women were innocent.”

“Abusing her power in this way makes her unfit to continue in this office. She may not have destroyed evidence or planted evidence, but her decision to unleash a prosecution on six individuals without evidence of criminal wrongdoing is as wrong as the inflammatory prosecutorial tactics of Michael Nifong,” Cooper continued.

“America in the 21st century should be past the days when the lynch mob decides who lives or dies — or who is charged and who is set free. Unfortunately for the residents of Baltimore their representative in the DA’s office remains stuck in a bygone era where there is more interest in appealing to the crowd than to lady justice. This is sad,” concluded Cooper.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a liberal, told CNN today that Mosby’s remarks were “not helpful”:

“They’re absolutely not helpful,” Rawlings-Blake said. “When you insinuate that the process is rigged, that is, I think, an unfair statement about the judge and about the investigation – especially when she purported to do her own independent investigation in her initial press conference.”

Rawlings-Blake also told CNN, “… I have never and will never use my position to give the impression to the community that they should not have confidence in the people who have sworn to serve them.”

Anthony Batts, who served as Baltimore police commissioner at the time of Gray’s death, was sharply critical of Mosby in a Baltimore Sun story by Justin George Wednesday, calling her “immature,” “incompetent” and “vindictive.” Batts, who, like Mayor Rawlings-Blake, is not affiliated with Project 21, was fired by Rawlings-Blake after riots sparked by the Gray case and an increase in homicides in the city.

Baltimore City has said the trials against the police officers cost the city $7.47 million. The city also has paid $6.4 million to Gray’s family.

See Horace Cooper discussing racial issues on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor here and here, on MSNBC’s Hardball here, on Arise TV here and the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore on OAN TV here.

See Stacy Washington recount the threats she personally witnessed against police officers in Ferguson, MO on CNN here, the Black Lives Matter movement here on Fox’s The Kelly File here, the murder of police officers in Dallas on NewsMax TV here.

See Joe Hicks talk about the Black Lives Matter movement on the Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File here and, also on The Kelly File, the Baltimore riots linked to the Freddie Gray case here. Some of many other media interviews by Joe Hicks are available here.

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is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research.  Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

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Baltimore Police Officer Acquittal in Freddie Gray Case Applauded by Black Conservatives

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Criticized Harshly for Acting “More Like an Activist Than an Advocate for Justice”

“Mosby Has Mishandled This Entire Affair and Should Admit That and End It Now”

“The Judge Should Throw Out All of the Remaining Charges Against the Three Officers Who Nervously Await Their Fate”

“The Rush to Judgment Has Been Overruled by Common Sense”


Washington, DC – Leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network are applauding the acquittal of Baltimore Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. in the third trial in the infamous “Freddie Gray” case that sparked extensive riots in Baltimore in 2015.

This acquittal is considered to be especially significant as Officer Goodson, the driver of the van in which Freddie Gray was driven, faced the harshest charges of the six officers charged. Three officers have now been acquitted at trial with three more trials pending.

“Today, Marilyn Mosby, the disgraceful prosecutor in the trial of Baltimore police officer, Caesar Goodson, was handed the legal defeat she so rightly deserved,” saidJoe R. Hicks, political commentator and Project 21 member who has repeatedly appeared on the Fox News Channel and other venues to discuss this case for Project 21.

“This ideologically-driven Maryland state prosecutor is now zero-for-three in her attempts to act out her transparently-leftist agenda. Frankly, there simply is no criminal case here that deserved pursuing and any further prosecution of the three remaining officers who have been placed in Mosby’s legal crosshairs should be ended. Freddie Gray was a small-time street criminal who was well-known to the Baltimore police when he inexplicably ran from them, was apprehended carrying an illegal weapon, and was arrested. How this man, who unfortunately died due to an accident during custody, has been elevated to the status of a civil rights figure by activists and Marilyn Mosby is significant: The black left has a very low bar in its attempts to label every encounter of black criminals and thugs as a matter of ‘racism’ and/or ‘civil rights.’ Desperate in her need to deliver convictions to the mob, the prosecutor acted more like an activist than an advocate for justice and ignored evidence all the while conniving and maneuvering to prosecute six officers of the law who did no wrong. The judge should throw out all of the remaining charges against the three officers who nervously await their fate. This is a travesty. Marilyn Mosby should be booted from office,” Hicks concluded.

Two of Hicks’ many appearances on the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore, in these examples, from Fox News’ The Kelly File, can be viewed online here and here.

“Marilyn Mosby is now 0-3. Her rush to judgement in this case has now been shown to be an unwarranted overreach and an abuse of power. The prosecutor has an awesome responsibility to the community, to the legal system and the accused. She has mishandled this entire affair and should admit that and end it now,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, an attorney, constitutional law commentator and former member of the faculty at the George Mason University School of Law.

“A criminal trial is not a fact-finding endeavor nor is it a palliative for a dispossessed community. A prosecutor must be firmly convinced that the accused did engage in a criminal act before proceeding. Today’s outcome reveals just how far from that standard Ms. Mosby has departed. She should know better,” Cooper concluded.

Cooper is a veteran of many hundreds of interviews on related subjects, including appearances on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor and the Sean Hannity Show.

Project 21’s Emery McClendon, a Tea Party organizer, echoed these sentiments, saying, “It was good to see that the Judge acted according to the evidence, and the rule of law zero and acquitted this police officer. The rush to judgment has been overruled by common sense and a good ruling.”

McClendon can be seen on NewsMax TV here discussing a rally he organized to rebut the agendas of Black Lives Matter and Al Sharpton.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (). Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

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