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Old 01-16-2008, 12:57 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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First, Bob Johnson, now Charles Rangel. He must have missed the memo of the "truce". As a black man, I really dont know what to say.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:42 PM
 
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What are you talking about?
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:16 AM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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Politics.

Let it blow over. A lot of people have said things that were twisted and/or misconstrued.

If you must know, go to the website of any major national or New York newspaper and search for a "Charles Rangel" article first run in the past 3-4 days.

Charlie Rangel is a great Congressman, but sometimes his mouth runs away with him.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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Charles Rangel let the murderers of a NYC cop go undetected & unpunished. He is a man without honor in my opinion.

BETRAYAL OF A POLICE HERO (http://www.nypost.com/seven/10082006/news/regionalnews/betrayal_of_a_police_hero_regionalnews_.htm?page=0 - broken link)
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:52 PM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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Rangel suddenly appeared in the basement to deliver a message. He said, "[Police Commissioner Benjamin] Ward wants all police presence out of the building . . . now.

Seedman turned slightly, hesitated for the briefest of moments. "You, right now, are impeding an assault and attempted-homicide investigation. Leave."

Rangel lowered his voice and repeated his words. Seedman got face-to-face with Rangel. "Go upstairs and tell Commissioner Ward that the chief of detectives is conducting a show-up."

Rangel fired back: "All due respect, Chief, something's gotta be done. Upstairs is going to be turned into a parking lot if a riot ensues. Lots of people are going to get hurt, including cops. Now, we worked out a deal that all of the detained men will be brought into the 24 Precinct later today for questioning, but right now our priority is the well-being of the cops and the people of Harlem upstairs.
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Seems to me that Rangel (obviously willingly) was serving as a messenger for the Commissioner and the Commissioner's boss, the Mayor.

Also seems like the immediate concern was to act in a manner to minimize the likelihood of further violence. Who knows what other lives might have been lost if other decisions were made?

It was a tragedy exacerbated by the unresolved justice process.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Not to get into this, but it strikes me that Obama is running for President. He's not running to be a non-office-holding civil rights leader. He already knows that you need a president willing to sign bills for activists' goals to come to fruition. The whole Obama as Martin Luther King analogy doesn't make much sense.
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