"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." Joseph Pulitzer
"The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have." Kierkegaard
on the bones of Mississippi West
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 4-28-2021 Sparks Tribune / Updated 5-4-2021 GMT / Expansions in blue
wish I could say this is the final installment of a trilogy about Reno police
chokeholds, but based on a long, sordid history, this story will never end.
As I reported over the past two weeks (see below), three decades ago, a Reno police officer used a chokehold on a 20 year-old white man across the street from the University of Nevada-Reno. City hall was on such weak legal ground that they quickly settled with his family.
Part of the deal was vowing to go and sin no more. I got feedback that chokehold...er, "carotid control" was still in use all the way until the Nevada Legislature banned them last year. Last June, RPD issued a press release announcing the ban that was supposed to have been in effect for some 30 years.
So I asked for some recent stats and they ain't pretty.
2010-13: 25 (6.25 per year average)
2014-19: 67 (11.17 per year)
2020: 3 (Nevada legislative ban mid-year after George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis)
Wonder if they kept
stats on the racial breakdown of people who were strangled? Did they
ever have zero years? Did anyone die after they made the deal three decades
ago? How do Sparks and Washoe County stack up? What are the current minority
numbers of sworn officers in these parts?
My 2016 coverage of the Reno police online application form's discriminatory bias will be linked to the web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com.
MISSISSIPPIWESTNV.US/ Several years ago, the great Nevada journalist D. Brian Burghart launched a website called Fatal Encounters. For his labor, the former editor of the Reno News & Review won all the marbles at the annual Alternative Media Association annual convention among many other richly deserved accolades.
Several major news organizations, including the Washington Post, copied Mr. Burghart's consolidation of information on police shootings.
Given the Sparks police swiss-cheesing of suicidal black teen Miciah Lee last year and so many other chronic maladies plaguing the High Desert Outback of the American Dream, might it be time for a website consolidating information about the multiple nefarious permutations of oppression perpetrated in these parts? I've already got enough cross-links to start a page, beginning with Mr. Burghart's magnum opus.
All suggestions appreciated. I know exactly to whom to dedicate it >
> DR. MARY WHITE STEWART, Feb. 11, 1945 April 13, 2021. My dear friend Mary lost her long battle with cancer two weeks ago. She established what became an entire department at UNR dedicated to every aspect of human rights. She was raised right.
Her mom, Helen White Stewart, was the first non-African-American member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Mary is survived by two daughters, Tyler and Kate; her sister, distinguished artist Holly English, and her sometimes disarmingly cantankerous brothers, Stewart, Geoffrey and John White, Jr., all prominent local attorneys.
A family gathering took place Tuesday. A memorial will be announced for June. Mary's complete (and awesomely impressive obituary) will be linked to the expanded web edition of the Barbwire at NevadaLabor.com/
(Pardon me while my eyes get wet.) Damn, I'm glad I got to know you, lady!
Requiescat in pace.
YOU KNOW YOU'VE LIVED HERE TOO LONG when you don't have room for all the obits of old friends: Country music radio star (with a voice I'd kill for), Martin Flynn, 78. My former talk radio colleague and onetime northern Nevada number-one morning jock Lou Gutenberger, 88. Piano virtuoso and strong union man Wally Jones, 82. White Sage Studios impresario, world-class graphic designer and man of the Comstock Paul Cirac was 65. And beautiful Tempest Storm, 93, who resided here with her husband, actor/singer Herb Jeffries in the mid-1970s. He was African American and their marriage damaged the great exotic dancer's career. She died in Las Vegas last week.
Remember them as great artists, all. They have enriched my life and those of so many others.
I look forward to attending your next show.
RENTVOLUTION.ORG/ Been getting calls from the oppressed of NomadLand. One woman, a weekly motel senior citizen whom I put with The Guardian of London a couple of years ago, reports that her rent has gone from $800 to $900 a month.
A retired black union man who lives in a very old apartment complex in Carson City, just got jacked up from $825 to $990.
The only surcease from such sorrow (renters rights bills have been nuked at the Democratic-controlled legislature) lies with local housing authorities who have federal relief funds in the pipeline.
As with unemployment money, good luck to those in need. Nevada has the smallest state government of all the states and we are just not geared for one crisis, let alone a series.
Alas, 'twas ever thus in Mississippi West.
Take care of each other and be careful out there.
¡Sí se puede!
well. Raise hell.
Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon
être bien, élever l'enfer (And my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)
Andrew Barbano is a 52-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com, SenJoeNeal.org, BallotBoxing.US, ConsumerCoalitionv.com, Rentvolution.org and CesarChavezNevada.com among others. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988. E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Getting paid to choke in the clutch
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 4-21-2021 Sparks Tribune / Expansions in blue