Mike Brown’s Family Lawyer Was Also Head of Troubled St. Louis Area Police Dept

Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, in a segment on the alleged racism of the Ferguson Police Department, a stunning claim was made about the police department of a neighboring town. Toward the end of the segment,  McGraw Milhaven, radio talk show host on KTRS in St. Louis, noted that Pine Lawn has a population of 3,000 people and the  police there wrote 17,000 tickets last year. The most stunning part of the claim? The police Chief of that “small, impoverished, nearly all black community” in 2014 was no other than the Michael Brown family’s attorney, Anthony Gray.

O’Reilly also had on Jeff Roorda spokesman for the police officers association in St. Louis. He began by asking  Milhaven what he thinks of the Justice Department report.

MCGRAW MILHAVEN, RADIO HOST: Two things, Bill. First of all, they excoriated every one in Ferguson except Officer Darren Wilson, right? They said it never hands up don’t shoot. He was justified. African-American witnesses came forward and supported Officer Wilson’s claim. So, he is completely innocent. That’s one.

Two, you have to understand Ferguson. Ferguson doesn’t live in the middle of a cornfield. There are little communities all around Ferguson that are predominantly African-American. Those numbers, right, 67 percent of the residents of Ferguson are white. I want to know of those 90 percent who got those tickets, how many of them actually lived in Ferguson, how many lived around the surrounding areas? Just to take that number and put those numbers on it, you show me a good statistician, I will show you a good liar.
Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association had this to say; “well, you noticed yesterday, Bill, that Attorney General Holder could barely bring himself to share that news. It struck me that this release or this leak of information the day before these reports came out were the most damning information that they could leak about the Ferguson police department was leaked out in advance of the announcement that the Justice Department determined the same thing that the much derided grand jury here decided. And that was that Darren Wilson was the victim of an attempted murder and that he used reasonable force…”
Toward the end of the segment, Milhaven ceded that there needs to be wholesale changes in the Ferguson police department. But he added, “Ferguson doesn’t live on an island. There are little municipals all around Ferguson that you have to drive through.”

And look, Floridale Hills (ph) during all of this invented their own police department. They have a population of 800 people. They are the mayors are black, the police chief are black, they are targeting everybody. That’s how they are surviving.

O’REILLY: Yes, because they want money. It’s a shakedown.

MILHAVEN: You mentioned Benjamin Crump. Pine Lawn has a population of 3,000 people. They wrote 17,000 tickets last year.

O’REILLY: All right. That’s got to stop.

MILHAVEN: Guess who their police chief is. Guess who their police chief is.

O’REILLY: And now the attorney general — who is your police chief?

MILHAVEN: The police chief’s name is Anthony Gray who is the family attorney for Michael Brown.

O’REILLY: I think the attorney general has got to start to clean up these towns in Missouri and stop.

MILHAVEN: Everywhere, yes — Everywhere. Not just Ferguson, the entire north county is being destroyed.

KMOV St. Louis did an investigative report on Anthony Gray on January 30: Attorney for Michael Brown’s family was also head of troubled police department:

It seems to me that this news went somewhat under the radar, so I am reproducing it here:

Anthony Gray seemed to be everywhere. As an attorney for Mike Brown’s family, Gray received international attention, blasting the city of Ferguson and insisting Officer Darren Wilson should be arrested for killing Brown.

However, at the same time Gray was turning up the heat on Ferguson, he was also the Director of Public Safety, and commonly referred to as the police chief, of nearby Pine Lawn. Pine Lawn is a small, impoverished, nearly all black community with a police department widely considered to be one of the worst in the St. Louis region.

Gray’s  top commander was Steve Blakeney, a scandal-plagued cop who is suing the city of Pine Lawn and the former City Manager. He argues that “he was fired because he was a whistleblower that helped build the criminal case that prompted indictments against current Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell. The suit also focuses on the role of Anthony Gray.”

The suit says Pine Lawn provided up to 10 police officers for “riot control” in Ferguson. However, in November, when the decision of the grand jury in the Michael Brown case was announced, Gray allegedly told Blakeney that “he wanted no Pine Lawn officers in Ferguson.”

Blakeney claims Pine Lawn officers received supplies and months of training to assist Ferguson police, but Gray didn’t want them there after the grand jury decision was announced. Blakeney says he told Gray he had a conflict of interest, but Gray said there was no conflict.

More here.

According to KMOV Blakeney “has been accused of raping one woman, punching another, and was accused of harassing residents who repeatedly filed complaints against him.”

He has also been accused of using license plates seized by the Pine Lawn police department.

He has denied all the allegations made against him.

 

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