Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson Stir Rockford-area Racial Tensions with Barmore Case
THURSDAY, September 30, 2010
WHAT: William J. Kelly, host of the Kelly Truth Squad on WIND-AM (560) and columnist for the Washington Times joins with the Rockford Tea Party today for a flash Protest in support of the Rockford police department and against the racial tensions being in flamed last week by Louis Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson in the police shooting of Mark Barmore, who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for aggravated assault and had a history of criminal behavior. The case is still being investigated despite a Grand Jury clearing the officers of any wrong doing.
“While that case is debated in the courts and the meeting rooms of our city leaders we must remember that our Police Department continues to work toward keeping this community safe and moving toward justice no matter what circumstance are being addressed,” said a spokesperson for Rockford Tea Party.
“There has been a surge in crimes against police officers this summer,” said Kelly. “Recently, Mr. Farrakhan and others, like Rev. Jesse Jackson, have been trying to turn a crime issue into a racial issue. The people of Rockford, the people of Chicago, and the people of Illinois need to take a stand against that and that is what we are doing today.”
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WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2010
WHERE: Public Safety Building
420 West State Street
CONTACT: Amy Olson, Rev Public Relations (312) 217-2455
Broadcaster/Activist William J. Kelly Calls Out Farrakhan’s Hypocrisy on Crime
Saturday, September 18, 2010
(ROCKFORD, IL) – Conservative activist William J. Kelly says that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is inflaming tensions again on the shooting death of Mark Anthony Barmore by two Rockford police officers. The officers had been in pursuit of Barmore, who had an outstanding arrest warrant and was being sought for questioning after a woman alleged he had held a knife to her throat. Mr. Farrakhan will be speaking in support of Barmore today at Kingdom Authorities Church where he and his followers are calling for independent investigation of the shooting. The Grand Jury and other agencies found the officers justified in the shooting death of Barmore with evidence indicating that he struggled with the officers over a weapon.
Conservative activist William J. Kelly says that Farrakhan’s speech today is hypocrisy at its worst. “Where was Minister Farrakhan and his words of peace and justice when three police officers were shot dead in the City of Chicago this summer?” asks Kelly. “Instead of supporting criminals like Barmore, Louis Farrakhan should be asking the gangbangers to stop their rampage of raping, robbing, and murdering innocent people.”
Kelly plans to confront Farrakhan at his speech today at Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church, 518 N. Court Street in Rockford at 5:00 p.m. He supported Chicago police officers in their protest at police headquarters this week where Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue criticized Superintendent Jody Weis about the dangerously low levels of police manpower that have put officers at-risk.
Concerned about the increase in violent crime and calls by the Chicago police for more manpower, Kelly recently announced an exploratory committee for a possible bid for Alderman of the 42nd ward and is leaving the door open for a mayoral bid if no other conservative candidate steps up.
ABOUT WILLIAM J. KELLY
William J. Kelly hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND and is a producer of Emmy award-winning television. His two columns at the Washington Times Communities are among the top 10 reads every week. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union and ran for Illinois Comptroller in the Republican primary in 2010.