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Springfield (MA) violence: 'Don't blame the police when Pookie gets shot…,' says Rev. Swan
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Posted on 06/06/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT by matt04

Blame for the recent violence that's swept through Springfield lies in the hands of the young men committing the crimes – and those who tacitly abet them – not the law enforcement officials and religious leaders trying to keep the peace, according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP and pastor of Spring of Hope Church.

"Don't blame the police, you know, when Pookie gets shot and you knew the kind of life Pookie was living, and you knew the path that Pookie was on and you never addressed it with Pookie," Swan said during Monday's broadcast of his weekly radio program, "The Spoken Word" (video below).

Swan said that while he "consistently calls communities of faith and law enforcement to accountability," people who come in contact with perpetrators of street violence – the perpetrators' parents, grandparents, godparents and other relatives – need to reject such behavior.

"The police cannot prevent your child from keeping that gun ... and leaving with it, but you can," Swan said, calling on communities most affected by gun violence to step up and do their part to help stop it.

"At some point, black community/Latino community, we've got to take responsibility for what's happening with our own children," the pastor said.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: massachusetts; naacp; pookie; springfield; springofhopechurch; talbertwswanii
Full title: Springfield street violence: 'Don't blame the police when Pookie gets shot and you knew the kind of life he was living,' says Rev. Talbert Swan
1 posted on 06/06/2014 4:33:24 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

I thought this was going to be a dog shooting story. I guess Pookie is a ‘banger, not a bowser.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 4:35:34 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Paine in the Neck

I thought it was dog shootings too. I thought it was in defense of cops shooting dogs whenever they feel like it.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 4:37:09 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: pookie18

Allert!


4 posted on 06/06/2014 4:39:21 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: matt04

“My baby ain’t done never hurt nobody.”


5 posted on 06/06/2014 4:39:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Red_Devil 232; pookie18
LOL!
Is he "pookie18" because he's on his 18th life?
6 posted on 06/06/2014 4:40:47 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: matt04

Urban violence is the result of a Democrat-constructed, Pavlovian experiment called the Great Society. Judged by Democrat standards, it has been a smashing success nationwide.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 4:41:02 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: matt04

I remember when Springfield was a nice city.

No more.

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8 posted on 06/06/2014 4:42:59 PM PDT by Mears
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To: matt04
Starsky and Hutch photo: Huggybear snoopdog.jpg Pookie? Man, that's a stupid name.
9 posted on 06/06/2014 4:43:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: matt04

"Wait, what?"


10 posted on 06/06/2014 4:43:29 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Paine in the Neck; samtheman

Don’t tell me that neither of you have ever seen “New Jack City”


11 posted on 06/06/2014 4:43:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: tumblindice

Pookie belongs in the pokey.

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12 posted on 06/06/2014 4:44:11 PM PDT by Mears
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To: BenLurkin

Missed it


13 posted on 06/06/2014 4:46:28 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: matt04

But the Democrats run (or ruin) Springfield, Boston, and much of urbanized Massachusetts. They gave us Kennedy(s), Kerry, Warren, Markey, Barney Frank, and many other communists, marxists, crooks and crazies.

I would have thought that Mass. would be a peaceful place to live in. Where did I go wrong?


14 posted on 06/06/2014 4:46:31 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: matt04
But Pookie was just turning his life around. He's going to be on the honor roll, joined the church choir and threw his bong in the trash just yesterday.
15 posted on 06/06/2014 4:47:12 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Mears; pookie18

Our Pookie certainly doesn’t belong in any pokey. I’d have withdrawal symptoms without our daily toons.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 4:53:08 PM PDT by Bob
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To: El Cid
I resemble resent that remark!!

This is not a good day...earlier I saw this blasphemous video...


17 posted on 06/06/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT by pookie18 (5 months until the midterm elections...)
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To: Bob
See comment #17...


18 posted on 06/06/2014 4:56:30 PM PDT by pookie18 (5 months until the midterm elections...)
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To: matt04

the American problem with violence is not in the gun store, it is around the dinner table. It is a family issue - the raising of children to become responsible citizens.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 4:56:42 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Mears

I have/had relatives that grew up in Springfield years ago. They told stores and show me pictures of how nice that city once was. Today, their are still nice areas, but overall it sill not a place where most people would have their dream house, etc.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Bob; pookie18

Oops,sorry folks. :-)

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21 posted on 06/06/2014 5:03:20 PM PDT by Mears
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To: BenLurkin
Don’t tell me that neither of you have ever seen “New Jack City”

"New Jack City"? Heck, I hadn't even seen "Old Jack CIty".
22 posted on 06/06/2014 5:04:19 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (“If you’re litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong.”-Ted Cruz)
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To: matt04

Pookie & Boo are the new Porgie & Bess?


23 posted on 06/06/2014 5:07:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Mears
You mean inside of Pokey??

I don't think Pokey want to play that game.

24 posted on 06/06/2014 5:09:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: matt04

The good rev has it right.


25 posted on 06/06/2014 5:12:29 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: SC_Pete

Ditto to what you said. LBJ and his Great Society Scam has done more harm to Black Americans than the old Democrat racists in the KKK ever dreamed possible.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 5:12:48 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: GeronL

Good lord,I forgot all about Gumby and Pokey——my kids liked them——a lot.

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27 posted on 06/06/2014 5:15:13 PM PDT by Mears
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP and pastor of Spring of Hope Church.

Thanks matt04.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 5:31:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: matt04

Rev. Swan has it right. The only way it’s going to change in those communities is when the all of the pastors (less race hustlers Sharpton, Jackson, and Wright) and parents become really concerned and take action. It will not happen with some Progressive government program or anything else ... the hard part must be done by the pastors and parents.


29 posted on 06/06/2014 5:41:57 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: matt04

I recently visited the Springfield Armory museum and it was pretty cool. Arrived and left while the sun was up.

Don’t know or care about the rest of that city.

Won’t be back.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Paine in the Neck
I thought this was going to be a dog shooting story. I guess Pookie is a ‘banger, not a bowser.

More often than not, it's hard to tell the difference.
Fact; check it out.

31 posted on 06/06/2014 6:02:30 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

The Springfield Armory Museum is great. You should check out the other museums - Dr. Seuss museum and a couple of other museums and also the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s the home of Indian Motorcycles too. Probably good to go there in the daytime.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 6:06:48 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: matt04
I admire the courage of the good reverend.
However, verbalizing the obvious in certain neighborhoods can have serious consequences on one's health and life expectancy.
I truly wish him luck.
33 posted on 06/06/2014 6:07:58 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: matt04
Pookie, from New Jack City:
34 posted on 06/06/2014 6:26:41 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

I went to STCC, which is the community college located on the grounds of the former Armory. Met a librarian who was scared to work there because of the sites past history. Apparently liberals are also afraid of imaginary guns.


35 posted on 06/06/2014 6:54:52 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Mears
I remember when Springfield was a nice city.

You must be older than dirt

36 posted on 06/06/2014 7:27:51 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

“You must be older than dirt”

I am.

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37 posted on 06/06/2014 7:37:13 PM PDT by Mears
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To: matt04
"Apparently liberals are also afraid of imaginary guns."

Well the little lady might make a puddle when she saw this-The Springfield Armory Muzzle-loading Organ.


38 posted on 06/06/2014 7:53:51 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Ditto

The Great Society created urban plantations that merely substituted the iron chains of slavery for the unbreakable shackles of dependence, social pathologies, drugs, gangs, and violence. Hopelessness, rage and envy are nurtured by RAT politicians and poverty pimps. Poverty is a RAT industry and they always seek to increase market share: the more poverty, the more power they have to implement their socialist agenda. Blacks killing each other serves their purposes. Blaming it all on racism deflects the true causes and intentions.


39 posted on 06/07/2014 4:09:43 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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