Thursday, August 28, 2014

Great Moments in Criminal Justice Affirmative Action: Black New York City “Role Model” Gets Attempted Murder Reduced to … Nothing (Revised and Expanded)


Milan Taylor: Portrait of the thug as a young poverty pimp

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

“Rockaway Youth Task Force”? Is that just a fancy name for a criminal gang?

Youth Leader Gets Plea Deal [Embargoed for two weeks, except with a paid subscription]
By Jonathan Wolfe
August 22, 2014
The Wave

Milan Taylor, president and founder of the Rockaway Youth Task Force, accepted a plea offer from the District Attorney’s Office on Monday,Aug.18, and pled guilty on charges of disorderly conduct. [The inadequate spacing was in the original.]

On June 5, Taylor was arrested at the RYTF headquarters after an altercation with a woman [Riána Sherwood, see story below] in his office. The woman reported that Taylor attacked her, threw her on the couch, and choked her, according to the criminal complaint.

Taylor was originally charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and second degree [sic] harassment, also according to the complaint. [“Criminal obstruction of breathing” used to be either attempted murder or felony assault.]

He pled guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct and will undergo eight weeks of anger management [sic]. If Taylor completes the eight weeks of anger management, then his case will receive a conditional discharge, according to law enforcement sources. [All he has to do is intimidate his victims over the next six months out of going to the police, and his record for this crime will be expunged.]

The woman [Riána Sherwood] who filed the complaint against Taylor was granted a full order of protection for one year. [That and $3.00 will get you on the subway—$2.50 normal fare, plus a goddamned-fool surcharge, for relying on the courts. The only real orders of protection are issued by Judges Smith & Wesson.]

The Rockaway Youth Task Force is a non-profit organization whose mission is to [shake down local businesses and the city taxpayers] empower [muggers] youth in the Rockaway community “through civic engagement and volunteer activities,” according to the website.

Taylor, who is also a member of the Community Board, founded RYTF in 2011 and is an active member of the [criminal] community.

[This is tough journalism. The “reporter” had already repeatedly emphasized the thug’s “community” work, but felt compelled to say it yet again.]
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Like Taylor, Denean Ferguson is a co-chair of the Far Rockaway/Arverne Non-Profit Coalition, of which RYTF is a member agency.

Ferguson says that RYTF is, “a great idea and a great initiative,” and she calls their work “fantastic.” However, Ferguson adds that RYTF is an important organization, not because of its volunteer work, but rather as a vehicle for presenting young role models to the community.

Taylor, “is someone they look up to,” she says. [They look up to him because they know that he’s the kind of guy who is ready to strangle anyone who gets in his way.] He should make an apology to his organization and make it clear that this behavior was unacceptable and as their leader work to meet their expectations as a positive role model.” [Missing opening quotation marks.]

[This Denean Ferguson lady sounds great. I just hope she has a paid-up, fancy life insurance policy. Ditto, of course, for Taylor’s unnamed victim, Riána Sherwood, and for the ones who haven’t yet gone to the authorities.]

Ferguson also says that she feels uncomfortable with the idea of having Taylor represent the Far Rockaway/Arverne Non-Profit Coalition.

[Black supremacist reparationista] New York State Senator James Sanders Jr., who nominated Taylor to his position on Community Board 14, reacted to Monday’s proceedings in an email.

“As an elected official, I have nothing but respect for our judicial process and their independence,” he wrote. “I remain committed to spreading awareness about the horrors of domestic violence in our community.” [But nobody said that Taylor and his victim were lovers. Translation: Sanders is pleased as punch his black guy got off.]

Sanders indicated he would like to sit down with Taylor and [congratulate him for sort of beating the rap] hear his side of the story. [‘B---h set me up!’]

“Domestic violence continues to wreak havoc in our community,” Sanders continued. [There’s that DV line again. Is he just BSing the reporter, or were attacker and victim lovers?] “I remain committed to women in affording them protection as well as stopping the cycle of abuse.”

Councilman Donovan Richards declined to comment for this story. Dolores Orr, Chairwoman of Community Board 14, did not return calls requesting comment.

On Tuesday, Taylor made it clear that he did not intend to step down from his position at Rockaway Youth Task Force and refused to provide further comment for this story.

Victim Blasts Plea Deal for Rockaway Youth Leader Accused [sic] of Assault
By Katie Honan @katie_honan
August 21, 2014 1:12 p.m.

Milan Taylor, seen with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, allegedly choked a woman inside the offices of the Rockaway Youth Task Force. [Since he took the plea deal and the anger management classes, he has admitted to his guilt. Thus, the presumption of innocence is out, and journalists no longer need use the phrase “allegedly.” The practice of referring to convicted black criminals as having “allegedly” committed crimes was founded by black supremacists, who refuse to ever admit that a black was ever guilty of any crimes under “the white man’s law,” and use “allegedly” sarcastically.]

FAR ROCKAWAY — The woman who was allegedly [sic] choked by the president of a local youth group blasted the plea deal given to him by the district attorney's office, saying he is not fit to lead the peninsula's young people.

Riána Sherwood, 25, was allegedly [sic] thrown onto a couch inside the Rockaway Youth Task Force's office by the group's president, Milan Taylor, 25, on June 5, according to the criminal complaint.

He then placed his hand on the [sic] her neck and choked her, the court documents said. Her iPhone was also allegedly [sic] damaged in the assault.

Taylor, who co-founded the RYTF in 2010 and is also a member of Community Board 14, was charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and second degree harassment, according to the complaint.

But he pleaded guilty instead to disorderly conduct before his trial on Aug. 18. He must complete eight weeks of anger management [sic], according to the Queens District Attorney's Office.

If Taylor was convicted of assault in the third degree, he would have faced a maximum sentence of one year incarceration, a source said.

[But what if he had been convicted of “criminal obstruction of breathing”? Why did the reporter single out a seemingly Mickey Mouse charge, instead of the big one? Well, it turns out that they’re ALL Mickey Mouse charges!

“Criminal obstruction of breathing” is a Mickey Mouse, affirmative action misdemeanor offense, i.e., a crime for which a conviction cannot result in a sentence of more than one year in jail, as opposed to a felony, a conviction of which in theory brings a sentence of at least one year and one day in state prison.

The relevant New York State criminal statute, “CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION OF BREATHING OR BLOOD CIRCULATION (A Misdemeanor) PENAL LAW 121.11(a) or (b)” went into effect on November 11, 2010 (pdf).

I wonder what group or groups would enjoy a disparate impact from having thousands of violent felonies committed by its members reduced, as if by magic, to piddling misdemeanors?]

Sherwood was also granted a full order of protection for one year against Taylor. The victim, who said she is a co-founder of the group, said she has known Taylor for more than 10 years, during which time he exhibited "irrational behavior." She did not elaborate.

But she "never expected him to do what he has done to me, especially not to this extreme," she told DNAinfo New York.

She hopes the situation will "serve as an example to anyone else who is being or who has been abused by him within the organization or outside of the organization."

No other allegations have [yet] surfaced against Taylor.

"He is clearly controlled by his temper, which is not an ideal characteristic when leading young people," she said.

Taylor declined comment.

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