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Broadcaster/Activist William J. Kelly Calls Out Farrakhan’s Hypocrisy on Crime

Saturday, September 18, 2010
5:00 p.m.

(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.

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.



300 Chicago Cops Protest Weis: Isn’t Three Officers Killed Enough?

Me with Mark Donahue, President of the FOP

by William J. Kelly

On Tuesday, over three hundred police officers and their families united in protest outside of police headquarters on South Michigan Avenue what they perceive as “dangerously unsafe ”  low levels of police manpower in the City of Chicago and a lack of confidence in Police Superintendent Jody Weis. The question is:  Will officers’ streetwise voices be heard at the police superintendent’s office and in the halls of the Chicago City Council now or will they continue to be ignored?

In July, Chicago clocked its worst two-month run of violence against police officers in more than forty years with three officers killed. It’s not a record that those in the city council should be proud of.  Mark Donahue, president of the Fraternal Order of Police says the manpower situation in the Chicago Police Department is bad.  “Guys are out there every day telling us they have to wait for backup. And we’re advising them to wait for backup for their own safety,” said Donahue in July.

Cops waiting for backup in dangerous situations isn’t good news for Chicago police and their families and it isn’t good news for the people of Chicago. Donahue and Bill Doherty, Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police believe

Chicago Police protest at their South Michigan Avenue headquarters

that the shortage of officers has emboldened criminals against law enforcement.

Meanwhile, while assaults on police officers are up 20%, the mainstream media and politicians are blaming petty politics and sour grapes as the source of the  discontent.   In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Mark Brown pointed to the lower protest turnout as compared to the 2,000 officers who showed up at City Hall in 2009 to protest contract negotiations. Mayor Daley stood up for Superintendent Weis at a press conference this morning, blaming union discontent with Weis, a former FBI agent. “Everybody wants one of their own. I don’t know what ‘their own’ is today,” said Daley.

Is that political spin, political reality, or somewhere in between? Only Mark Donahue, Jody Weis, and Mayor Daley know for sure. The one other truth we do know of is buried with the three police officers killed this summer.

And that just isn’t something you can spin.

William J. Kelly is a life-long Chicagoan and a resident of the 42nd ward for more than ten years. He is a producer of Emmy-award winning television and hosts the Kelly Truth Squad on AM 560 WIND. 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. He currently resides in Streeterville with his wife, Laura.

For more information, visit the website at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.