Public Trust and the Pursuit of Failure

The 2021 Georgia Senate Runoff Election will go down in history as a prolific moment in American Political Democracy. Prior to the election date, tensions were high due to anxieties leftover from the November presidential election which set the stage for fuel injected, race-based politics. Whether you were a common citizen, visitor, medical professional, educator, or front-line civil servant, it did not take rocket science to see that our “Melting Pot” has become a boiling pot filled with cultural bias, bigotry and pre-Reconstruction ideologies from a dark period of America History. The incident that occurred at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on January 5, 2021, during the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, was in part the result of both the erosion of the public trust and the pursuit of freedom by a new culture of citizens living in an interpretative past.

News outlets reported the event’s participants as a group of rioters, concerned patriots, nationalist, and other such terms. Other news reports and accounts have described the event as “a protest” that got out of hand, or “a riot” in which some people trespassed by entering the grounds and interior of the Capitol Building. Most mainstream media outlets described the actions and behaviors of those involved almost as happenstance or accidental in its criminality; though videos and accounts show a more intentionality to the violent and intrusive behaviors of those participants. 

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation-FBI, this event meets the criteria for an act of Domestic Terrorism. Their website lists the definition of Domestic Terrorism under U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 2331(5), Involving acts that (5) [domestic terrorism] means activities that: (A )involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, (B) appear to be intended; (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States (FBI, 2020). This definition is clear and certainly allows for any critics to see the events as they intended to be, a blatant attempt to stop the ratification of the 2021 national voting process, and a coordinated attempt to detain and intimidate key members of the American Government.

America is no stranger to public protest and certainly no stranger to riots. For many who may perceive this massive disruption to the normal functioning of the Federal Government as free speech, it is likely that it may be recorded as the greatest misinterpretation of a constitutional right. It is this incredulous national mindset that has now created a perilous road to repair the integrity of American Democracy. The facts of the event revealed that thousands of people illegally stormed the Federal Capitol where they had no permit or no permission to enter or occupy the premises. They destroyed, defaced, and removed Federal property to include smearing feces through the hallways as reported by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Campanile and Yaron, 2021). A video released by CNN showed a police officer being purposely crushed in a door as these violent extremists launch a coordinated medieval human battering ram tactic (CNN, 2021). As these events continued to unfold, Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was violently beat in the head with a fire extinguisher by the violent intruders and later died from the injuries (Mascaro and Daly, 2021). Additionally, four more people were killed during the violent mayhem. Three died after suffering medical emergencies, and one was shot by a police officer (Mascaro and Daly, 2021). Other accounts from national news outlets reported the placement and detonation of explosive bombs.

Whether you voted or not. Whether you are Black or White, Jewish or Muslims, Liberal or Conservative– on January 5, 2021, five Americans tragically lost their lives, and our American Democracy became victim of The Virus of Hate. Light years from Patriotism, this act is best described as systemic violent extremism, and an act of home-grown domestic terrorism. The divisive speech, racial propaganda and obvious online radicalized warning signs that preceded the day’s event and fueled this egregious outcome is another failed attempt to rationalize a dark history that the true Americans have toiled for centuries to overcome. Public Safety and Public Trust are two of the key cornerstones of any civil society and the social glue that hold ours together. These are the only two sides of the coin we need to prioritize in efforts to prevent the continued hijacking of our American Values.


Abdou the Author: Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is the author of “A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America” a straight talk manual to interactions between police and urban males. He currently serves on The Police Transparency & Accountability Task Force for the State of Connecticut. He is a retired law enforcement sergeant with previous certification in FBI- LEEDS, Department of Homeland Security for Countering Violent Extremism, Amtrak RAILSAFE Counter Terrorism, and Daigle Law Group- Use of Force. His highlighted national lectures include 2016 Democratic National Convention panel speaker with Representative John Lewis “Disarm Hate: The Role of Guns in Hate Crimes,” Guest presenter at 2016 Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers- FLETC Summit on “Trending Issues in Policing,” and 2017 Guest Lecture at Yale University Divinity School “Black, American, Muslim, and Cop.”


Campanile, Carl and Steinbuch, Yaron. January 8, 2021, Rioters left feces, urine in hallways and offices during mobbing of US Capitol. New York Post. Retrieved on Friday January 8, 2021 from

CNN Tonight. January 8, 2021, Officer crushed in door by rioters at US Capitol. CNN. Retrieved on Friday January 8, 2021

FBI. November 2020, Domestic Terrorism: Definitions, Terminology, and Methodology. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved on Friday January 8, 2021 from

Mascaro, Lisa and Daly, Mathew. January 8, 2021, Capitol Police say cop, reportedly hit with fire extinguisher during Hill mob, dies of his injuries. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on Friday January 8, 2021 from

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Another Broken Police Bridge


Modern-day America and another young Black Male teenager is gunned down in the street for allegedly committing a crime that could have been resolved with the issuance of a misdemeanor summons. ‪Laquan McDonald‬, a 17-year-old Black male, allegedly in possession of a small 4 inch knife and under the influence of the illegal drug PCP was shot 16 times and the autopsy report revealed that he was shot a significant amount of times while he lay dying in the street. The already nationally fragile relationship between the police and the Black Community is now in a state of chaos as American law enforcement agencies continue to struggle with how to provide public safety in urban communities plagued by constant acts of urban gun violence that primarily involve Black male victims and Black male perpetrators.

The October 20, 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald‬ may represent the poorest set of judgments regarding an officers’ actions regarding the police use of deadly force. There were five other police officers on the scene with Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke who did not shoot. The question remains as to what compelled Van Dyke to fire 16 bullets into Laquan McDonald‬ considering that McDonald‬, was jogging away from Van Dyke. Another question remains as to why officers did not approach Laquan McDonald, who was more of a “person in medical crisis,” with less-lethal force option such as a Taser.

On Tuesday November 24, 2015, over one year later, Chicago police released the October 2014 video of police shooting of unarmed Laquan McDonald. Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder a few days before a judge ordered the release of the video after it was FOI by a media source.

They Spoke Green-Black Friday Boycott

Though there has been calls of a “cover up” because of the 13 month delayed release of the Laquan McDonald video, Chicago government officials could not have picked a worst time. Continued outrage by the Black community regarding the ongoing incidents of police related shootings of unarmed Black males had already sparked demands for a nationwide boycott on “Black Friday.” The Laquan McDonald Video was released two days prior to the largest shopping weekend of the year.

Demonstrators march down Michigan Avenue during a protest intending to disrupt Black Friday shopping in reaction to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago, Illinois, November 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Nelles
 REUTERS/Andrew Nelles

McCarthy Fired: “Trust in the Chicago Police Department is broken,”

On Tuesday December 1, 2015 rumblings began in the Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel administration that forced him to ask for the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.


“A police officer is only as effective as when he has the trust of those he serves,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a late day press conference.


Trust in the Chicago Police Department is broken,” Madigan said in a statement. “Chicago cannot move ahead and rebuild trust between the police and the community without an outside, independent investigation into its police department to improve policing practices.” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she sent a letter to the U.S. attorney general asking the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to open an investigation into the Chicago Police Department

7 Shootings in 12 Months

The release of the Laquan McDonald Video will increase the number of Controversial Police Shootings in 12 Months:
(7) July 19, 2015
•Ray Tensing became the first police officer in the history of Cincinnati to have been charged with murder for killing someone while in the course of police duty. On July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Tensing fatally shot motorist Samuel DuBose during a daytime traffic stop for driving without a front license plate near campus and Officer Tensing followed him for about a half mile before finally pulling him over. The incident was captured in full detail on Officer Tensing’s department issued police body camera.
(6) April 4, 2015
•The shooting of unarmed man, Walter Scott occurred on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, following a daytime traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light. Scott, a black man, was fatally shot eight times in the back by Michael Slager, a white North Charleston police officer. The shooting of Walter Scott may go down as being one of the most provocative incidents that threatens the stability of American law enforcement and its ability to effectively police black Americans.
(5) April 2, 2015
•The police shooting of unarmed Eric Harris on April 2, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma features the error of a 73-year-old White reserve deputy who had mistaken his gun for a Taser following a botched undercover operation. The incident created a new perspective that has allowed court prosecutors to critique the actions of police officers prior, during and after they have exercised their discretion to use force.
(4) November 22, 2014
•The police shooting of unarmed 12 year-old, Tamir Rice occurred on November 22, 2014 when a city police officer drew his weapon, shot, and killed Rice, who reportedly had a pellet gun. A citizen had called the 911 center to report a “guy with a pistol” outside a city recreation center, but the responding officers weren’t told the caller said the gun might be “fake” and the guy might be a juvenile.
(3) October 20th, 2014 (Newly Released)
•Unarmed ‪Laquan McDonald‬, a black 17-year-old male, allegedly in possession of a small 4 inch knife and under the influence of the illegal drug PCP was shot was shot 16 times down while walking in the street for allegedly committing a crime that could have been resolved with the issuance of a payable infraction. The autopsy report revealed that McDonald was shot a significant amount of times, once he fell to the ground, while he lay dying in the street. Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder a few days before a judge ordered the release of the video. In April of 2015, the city of Chicago settled a $5,000,000 lawsuit with ‪Laquan McDonald’s family.
(2) September 4th, 2014
•Unarmed Levar Jones was shot by Trooper Sean Groubert at a Circle K gas station on Broad River Road in Columbia, SC. The in-dash cam video was released and showed Jones getting out of his car when Groubert pulled up and asked for his license. Jones then reached into his car to get the credential, and as he did, Groubert began yelling at Jones to “get out of the car” and fired several shots. Jones later received $285,000 as part of a settlement with the state of South Carolina.
(1) August 9, 2014
•The controversial shooting of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri set the stage for a national debate on race and ethnicity and a blue print for modern-day urban rioting. Brown was fatally shot by Officer Daren Wilson after a verbal dispute that was said to have escalated into a physical confrontation. Following the shooting. Brown’s body laid for over four hours uncovered in the middle of the street of the apartment complex where his family lived.

Once again, police professionals, their agencies and government official are scrambling to quickly find a solution that can help them rebuild trust with Black community stakeholders and more importantly Black men.

Another Broken Police Bridge

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For the Holidays


I was at Starbucks in New Haven, Connecticut getting a cup of coffee when I ran into national community organizer DeRay McKesson. He was headed to Yale University deliver to an explosive lecture. I had recently seen him on CNN talking about the well-publicized Black Lives Matter Movement and concerns regarding police brutality rates and racism in USA.

DeRay McKesson
DeRay McKesson Photo By Boldminds LLC

I wanted to at least share the valuable content in my book about my unique approaches for reforming modern-day policing and racial profiling prevention. The book teaches ways to stop racism and highlights incidents of black man shot by police. So, I armed him with a copy of my book A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America. He gave me the pleasure of gaining incite on how the Black Lives Matter movement started. Deray stated that it initially started out as #CampaignZero, which to my understanding evolved to the #blacklivesmatter movement which is reported to have been co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

Deray stated that he and some friends had been home in Saint Louis watching the events unfold in Ferguson days following the Michael Brown shooting on August 9, 2014. Once they arrived, they would later join the protest. Overreaction by #ferguson police started after a Black protester threw a water bottle at the Ferguson Riot Police during the initial protest and the #Fergusonpolice responded with a barrage of tear gas.

In March 2015 the Los Angeles Times named DeRay McKesson one of the “new civil rights leaders” for the 21st century. He is noted for the iconic hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. A voice for millions across America this young Black male has made it clear that #BlackMouthsMatter in a never-ending struggle for social justice in the 21st century.

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Finding a Police Cure

The latest episode of “Urban Talk Radio,” host Shafiq Abdussabur brought together Starr, senior editor at AlterNet, and New Havener Stacy Spell, current head of the U.S. Attorney’s “Project Longevity,” a former member of the NHPD and a lifelong community activist.

Terrell J. Starr a senior New York editor of the online news network AlterNet recently wrote an article entitled “Body Cams Can Capture Abuse, But Can They36109bf-92x92 End Police Brutality?” His article suggest that Criminal justice experts say much more is needed to really reform police departments nationwide.

Stacy Spell a retired New Haven homicide detective believes that a key to police reform is “Community Building.” Since his retirement in 2006, he has since reinvigorated the West River StacySpell-184x123Neighborhood Services Corporation and put special focus on working with at-risk young people. He has now expanded his philosophy by creating and implementing new strategies through his new post.

More about Urban Talk Radio segment “Cops and Coffee


The Intelligent Debate of Social Justice and Black Voices

The seemingly new priority for police officers and police professionals is not to only Be on the Look Out – BOLO for a “Black male with a handgun.” In this evolving new world of policing, officers are likely to Be on the Look Out for a “Black male with a cellphone.” Now police must begin and end their shifts hoping that they have convinced the public and Black stakeholders that #BlackLivesMatter.


Many police professionals and their agencies have responded to this ripple in law enforcement by modifying their strategy when conducting routine investigative pedestrian stops and routine traffic stops. The sentiment from Washington suggests that American law enforcement must be prepared to dodge the politically focused pressure for constant calls of restorative justice from Black mouths. Moreover, police professionals and their agencies continue scrambling to quickly rebuild urban trust with Black stakeholders by trying to be more aware of the police related events that sparked #BlackLivesMatter, and the consciousness that ……..Read More Here on the Huffington Post





Arresting Patterns Art Exhibition: Racial Discrimination in America Today

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Racial Discrimination in America Today

July 17 – September 13
Art Opening Reception July 17 from 5-8pm

This dynamic art exhibition brings together a group of artists who seek to uncover the often-overlooked patterns of racial disparity in the United States Criminal Justice system.

The featured artists include: Jamal Cyrus, Maria Gaspar, Titus Kaphar, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Adrian Piper, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Dread Scott, and Andy Warhol.

Curated by Sarah Fritchey with Titus Kaphar & Leland Moore
Arresting Patterns

Race Based Post-Traumatic Stress


Race Based Post-Traumatic Stress

On Wednesday June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof a 21 year-old white male, allegedly shot and killed nine Black members of the Emanuel AME historically and prominent Black church in South Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, who dropped out of high school before finishing the 10th grade, confirms having committed the heinous crime after sitting with them in their Bible study before his attack. It was later confirmed but then debated whether Police officials were investigating this incident as a hate crime. Despite strong evidence that Roof had published an online hate manifesto and eyewitness accounts of him declaring that his role in the mass shooting was to start a Race War in America, officials claimed uncertainty as to whether or not to call this crime what it was.

This mass shooting, predicted on race, has touched off a series of hot topic debates to include analyzing the way America views raced based violence. Calling into question rather there is a Double Standard in Race Based Violence?” Recently published on the Huffington Post. However, a new conversation has emerged to question rather or not racism can cause post-traumatic stress. On July 2, 2015, KCBX Radio ran a story entitled “Coping While Black: A Season of Traumatic News Takes a Psychological Toll.”

What’s clear is that many black Americans experience what psychologists call “race-based trauma,” says Monnica Williams, director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville.

KCBX reported that while researchers are still trying to understand exactly how this phenomenon operates, Williams says it’s clear that African-Americans are hit hard by incidents that recall the country’s ugly history of institutionalized racism.


South Carolina does not have a “Hate Crimes Law.”

South Carolina is one of only five states that does not have a hate crimes law, according to campaign group SC Equality, although a recent extension of federal law means there are legal protections for victims of hate crimes in all states.

Race Based Post-Traumatic Stress

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Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Forum: Laws, Cases & Solutions

Racial Profiling Prevention & Law Enforcement

(Sunday, June 14, 2015, Bridgeport, Connecticut) – The State of Connecticut’s African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) along with the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) will be holding a discussion panel and Q & A forum regarding recently released CTRP3 reporting on racial profiling and traffic stops in the State of Connecticut.

Date: Tuesday, June 16th,
Time: 5:30PM to 8PM
Where: Housatonic Community College (HCC), 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur–Author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and law enforcement officer (Sergeant), State of Connecticut’s African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) 2015 Man of the Year.

Invited guests panelists include:
 Joseph L. Gaudett, Jr–Bridgeport Chief of Police
 Patrick Ridenhour–Stratford Chief of Police
 Kevin Muhammed –CEO/founder of Muck Mud LLC and Principal of Love Christian Academy
 Tanya A. Hughes–Executive Director, State of CT Commission on Human Rights
 Ken Barone–Policy and Research Specialist with IMRP at CCSU
 Ric Cruz–Chairperson of Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC)
 Charles Grady–Project Coordinator Bridgeport Project Longevity

The AAAC recognizes there are many issues affecting the African-American community and we are striving to resolve those issues via policy and community engagement. The AAAC also recognizes that these same issues impact minority communities as a whole. As always, the AAAC remains focused on the education achievement gap, health disparities and housing. In education the Commission has concentrated its efforts on improving graduation rates for students of color, increased diversity of educators, cultural competency, reducing suspensions and expulsions of minorities, and loan debt facing college students. The AAAC promotes policies nurturing economic development, improved education, better health outcomes and affordable housing for all in the African-American community.

AAAC and LAPRAC forums open to the public. The discussion will include the topics of Racial Profiling Prevention, Mass Incarceration, Juvenile Detention, Suspension and Expulsion Rates of Minority Students, Implicit and Explicit Bias, and Felony Reentry/Societal Reintegration.

Mission of The State of Connecticut’s African-American Commission (AAAC)
To improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community in the State of Connecticut

For additional information about the event, contact:
Earl Bloodworth at 203-903-7073

State of Connecticut’s African-American
Affairs Commission (AAAC)
210 Capitol Avenue – RM 509
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-240-8555
Fax: (860) 240-8444

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Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Forum

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Are Cellphone Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force?


Boldminds LLC 2015 - Cop CamCitizen reporting, and a citizen’s responsibility to report events is in line with America’s philosophies of freedom and justice. Technology merged with Constitutional Rights have become the driving force of change that has created a sense of urgency. This urgency in regards to the reform policies related to how police use deadly force, and how police officials will likely develop urban police strategies particularly aimed at conflict de-escalation between police and Black males especially. See how Amateur Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force.

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The past 12 months in America has brought us to witness incidents involving race and ethnicity within our culture that we all would agree has either been very unpleasant or has made us feel very uncomfortable and even more frustrating to discuss. The forefront of this emerging national conversation on race and justice has been sparked by cellphone videos and police dash and body cams videos of police use of deadly force particularly involving unarmed Black males. It’s not necessary to list and recap all of these incidents, because they have been reported on and played at length. It is my belief, as a 19 year veteran police officer, that we as Americans must immediately move towards the creation of solutions aimed at resolving what is being viewed as a progressively hostile relationship between police and Black men. Moreover, it   must be a high priority from both the Black community and the Police that specifically focuses on fixing what has been made clear as a contentious relationship between police and the urban community.
One step towards creating solutions is owning the problem. I will start it off….


Black Cop Speaks Out – Owning the Problem

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