Monday, July 27, 2015

Historical Moment in Marshall, Texas by Gorge Sincara



July 9, 2015 will be marked as a historical moment for the city of Marshall, as the city commission passed a resolution naming Marshall a “No Colors, No Labels” city.
The resolution was requested by Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, who facilitated the “No Colors, No Labels” initiative as an effort to stop racism by promoting diversity and acceptance of all. This initiative is an effort to erase preconceived notions that police are racially-motivated.
The resolution passed unanimously and was met with cheers from supporters of the NCNL Initiative who were in the audience. Audience members raised placards with ?#‎nocolorsnolabels?, ?#‎iamhuman?, ?#‎endracism?and ?#‎humanlivesmatter? on them. Campa said of the commissioners’ approval, “This is a pivotal movement for Marshall - a community that has a rich history in the racial turmoil of the 1950s and 60s.”
“Marshall, Texas can be a voice that needs to be heard. Now is the time for all of us - blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, rich, poor, male female - to come together. This will be the only way that progress can happen.” Campa said. “We should celebrate our differences, instead of letting our differences divide us.”
“People tend to criticize what they don’t understand. Through the NCNL Initiative, we will educate our citizens that even though there are differences in our heritage, we are all part of the human race. I hope this initiative will bring our community together as one,” Campa said.
Chief Campa plans to continue the social media campaign already in place, but also add a grassroots effort of educating the community about the different cultures in the community. Culture awareness events are being planned, as well as community forums and various learning seminars.
The first public information meeting for “No Colors, No Labels,” will be from 6 - 7 p.m., Thursday, July 16, at the Marshall PoliceDepartment. Chief Campa will give a presentation to the public regarding the ‘No Colors, No Labels Initiative,’ and have community members register to be a part of the initiative. He also will unveil the new NCNL website and a schedule of future activities planned. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the awareness campaign, which will involve official photos and videos

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The influences of Terrorism by Jesus. E. Campa




Abstract
There are those that will say that terrorism is a new form of warfare.   The truth of the matter is that terrorism can be traced back to the days of the Zealots and the Assassins.  Terrorism comes in many forms and is used in many forms to accomplish the mission of destroying the sense of security, by installing fear.  

The history of Terrorism
To understand the world of Terrorism one must first understand the true mission of terrorism.  The primary purpose of terrorism is to use it as a “calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear” (Terrorism-Research.com).  The history of terrorism can be traced back to the 11th and 13th centuries.  The Hashhashin (assassins) who where an, Islamic secretive group active in Iran and Syria, are identified as the first organized terrorist group in history.  The Hashhashin earned their reputation by caring out the assassinations of the Abbsid and the Seljuk who served as the political leaders of that time in an extremely violent public display. The assignations of said individuals struck fear in those who challenged their political views.        
Terrorism is viewed by many to be a modern occurrence.  The main reason behind this is that there were no modern nation states in existents until 1648.  The lack of organized government made it difficult to use terror as a technique of distressing a political change, as no single prevailing political authority existed (Terrorism-Research).  
 The evolution
As controlled and centralized forms of governments began to develop so did the use of terrorism.  The biggest period of evolution for terrorism came during the time of the French Revolution as several important theories of social revolution developed during this time frame.  Terrorism evolved into two forms of ideologies during this time with the extremism leading the groundwork for the use of violence as a form of political ends.  
The two ideologies that supported the use of violence in an attempt to cause change were Marxism, which would later evolve into communism, and the second was anarchism.  Both ideologies called for the destruction of the government systems in place.  Communism focused its efforts on an economic class of warfare, and called for the seizure of state power by the working class of the state.  This would call for total control of the state by the people and would call eventually for the disposal of the state.  Anarchism called for the immediate rejection of all forms of government.  The belief here was that once the state had been destroyed; there would be nothing to require replacing it.  This would allow people to live and interact with one another without any form of governmental coercion.  Communism was the more flourishing of the two ideologies; however, Anarchism is still preferred by extremists to this day.  A perfect example of Anarchism is display in the latest Batman move currently playing in theaters.  
Another evolution trend among terrorism appeared in the late 19th century as the tide of nationalism became popular.  Nationalism is defined as the process in which the combination of the identity of the people of the nation and the political state combined.   The best example of this is the multi-century struggle of the Irish nationalism movement known today as the Irish Republic Army (IRA).   In the 20th Centuries early year’s nationalism and revolutionary political ideologies were the principle developmental forces acting upon terrorism.  Russia and Communism played a role in ideological bases of political terrorism from the onset and would take a considerable role as the 20th century unfolded.  
The right or the left
Terrorism can relate to either wing and each wing does have a version of terrorism.  To explain the difference between each wing on must first understand what the ideology to each is.  Keep in mind that the terms are used as they are used in the America.  The right wing is often described as the category and includes social conservations.  The right wing is often referred to or identified as the Republican Party.  It is often identified with the Republican Party because of the strong Christian beliefs and free market liberals.  The right wing is set to imply a commitment to the conservation of Christian values supports a strong tradition of family values and supports a free-market system.  Right-wing terrorist groups, as described by the FBI, are motivated by notions of hatred (FBI).  Examples of right wing terrorist beliefs are white racial supremacy as well as anti-government and anti-regulatory beliefs. Also include Christian extremist groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church and their Pastor Fred Phelps. The militia movement of the 1990s is also a perfect example of the right wing, an example of this would be the Minutemen (FBI). The right wing groups are integrated by a mistrust of, or hatred for, the federal government, often joined with a conspiratorial view of history and politics. Examples of terrorist acts by the right wing include the Oklahoma bombing, and Joseph A. Stack who crashed his plane into the IRS to show anger toward the IRS.
The left wing is often related or identified with the Democratic Party.  The left wing in short implies a loyalty to egalitarianism, support for social policies that favor the working class, and multiculturalism (Political Spectrum).  The FBI states that the left wing is not significant and special interest terrorism has tended to be obscured (FBI).  The death toll is much smaller on the left wing side but is not without incidents that have claimed lives and loss of property.  
Types of Terrorism 
The different types of terrorism are broken down into the following categories: State Terrorism, Bioterrorism, Cyber-terrorism, Eco terrorism, nuclear terrorism, and Narco terrorism.   Each of these types of terrorist has taken on the actions that will bring them the best results, but the main mission is to strike fear in those that oppose there viewpoints or the mission that they are trying to accomplish.  The most dangerous and most destructive form of terrorism would have to be nuclear terrorism, followed by bioterrorism.  
With the introduction of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into the art of war by civilized nations, it would only be a matter of time before terrorist organizations would attempt to get their hands on them.  Weapons of mass destruction are weapons designed to release a toxic or poisonous chemical or any weapon designed to deliver a biological agent, or any weapon intended to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life (Absolute astronomy).  Examples of such weapons are nuclear bombs or toxic agents such as anthrax.  In the hands of civilized nations these weapons are dangerous but not as dangerous as they can be in the hands of terrorist organizations.
As the world has evolved and countries have risen to power and others have fallen the availability of WMD are greater than ever.  The end of the cold war and the fall of Russia have flooded the black market with WMD.  Terrorist organizations that have purchased or attempting to develop such weapons have made it very difficult for law enforcement to track their activities.  The main reason behind this is that most organizations that have WMD are typically hiding them in remote dessert or mountainous reigns.  This is what makes detecting them so difficult and the methodologies of fighting the war on terrorism are changing as law enforcement attempts to keep up with the threats.  
Terrorism vs. DHS  
The United States of America always has had a zero tolerance policy concerning to dealing with terrorist.  The United States of America has been prepared to tackle terrorist attacks abroad but not so well when it came to the securing the home front.  Modern terrorism has reshaped the manner in which the United States of America has had to deal with terrorism.  The events of 911 forced the United States to take a different look at how they deal with Terrorism.  After the events of 911 the United States of America was forced to create and fund the Department of Homeland Security.  The DHS is not really a new department, but rather a consolidation of 22 other agencies that where brought together under the Bush administration.  “The Bush administration has taken a number of steps since the Sept. 11 attacks to beef up security across the country, including stricter security procedures in the nation's airports and the deployment of more than 50,000 trained airport screeners and thousands of air marshals and a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of FBI counterterrorism agents” (Government Executive).  
Blessing in disguise    
The modern trend in terrorism has been a blessing in disguise for the security of the nation.  The relationships and communication levels between the law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels pre 911 attack to say the least were nonexistent.  Post 911 attack the creation and consolidation of DHS, and the levels of communication between all levels of law enforcement are at levels never seen before.  There has been an increase in the amount of information shared among the different levels of law enforcement and security providers.  The funding and opening of Fusion Centers in all major jurisdictions has been of great help as the officers on the field obtain information in real time.  Information sharing is the priority of the agencies as they attempt to work as one unit fighting the war against terror.  The key factor in the war on terror is to remember that the secret weapon against terror is not who has the biggest guns, or the biggest budgets, but rather who has the best intelligence. Intelligence is communication and the side that is better able to communicate the mission at hand is the side that will win the war against terror.   

No matter what way one looks at terrorism is a criminal act.  Victimizing the innocent in an attempt to strike fear in others is a criminal injustice no matter if it is done under a dictatorship or a democracy.  The meaning or the mission behind terrorism has not changed much over the years, the so-called reasons or beliefs however have.  Some might use it as a tool in a Holy War, others as a form of forcing a policy change, and other for the mere pleasure of instilling fear.  One thing is for sure the tactics used to cause terror have evolved through out time.  Terror organizations use to threaten or carry out actions by shooting or beheading, today they employ the use of WMD’s, or attack innocent unsuspecting bystanders such as the attack that took place on 911 to get the point across.
Another thing that is certain and ever evolving are the tactics and methodologies used by law enforcement and security agencies in the United States to combat the war on terror.  As the terrorist become more blazing so do the actions of those fighting the war against it.


                                                     Reference
Absolute astronomy; Weapons of mass Destruction; defined;        http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Weapons_of_mass_destruction; extracted July 26, 2012
American Heritage Dictionary; Terrorism; extracted July 2012
Ballard, Tanya; Government Executive Magazine; Homeland security department absorbs agencies; February 28, 2003  
Cross, Paul (Commander); Types of Terrorism; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; UTEP Professor; July 2012
Ellis, Richard J. The Dark Side of the Left: Illiberal Egalitarianism in America. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
Ortiz, Frank; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Commander; July 2012
Terrorism-Research; Terrorist behavior and evolution; http://www.terrorism-research.com/; extracted July 2012
Terrorism-Research; What is Terrorism; http://www.terrorism-research.com/, extracted July 2012
Watson, D; FBI: The terrorist threat confronting the United States; Feb 6, 2002; http://www.fbi.gov; extracted July 25, 2012

Friday, July 24, 2015

Knock, Knock!!! Marshall Police SWAT cleaning the streets by Ramon Renteria



Marshall, Texas – By Ramon Renteria  
Friday morning at 5:45 a.m., the Marshall Police Department SWAT team in conjunction with the MPD Patrol Bureau and Criminal Investigation Bureau ran two narcotics search warrants on South Street in Marshall, Texas.
The first narcotics search warrant was served at 1700 South St. That residence was secured and the occupants detained and then the SWAT team went to 1401 South St. and served a second search warrant.
The search at 1700 South St. resulted in the seizure of a stolen Sig Sauer pistol, 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine and nearly 4 grams of suspected crack cocaine.
Jesse Washington III, 19, of 1700 South Street was arrested charged with 1 count of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, greater than 4 Grams and less than 200 Grams and 1 Count of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Greater than 1 gram and less than 4 Grams and Theft of a Firearm. Additionally Kevin Scott, 21, also of 1700 South Street was arrested and charged with Theft of a Firearm.
The search of 1401 South St. yield approximately 6 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of methamphetamine and a Hi Point semi automatic pistol.
Tyrone Shaw, 34, of 1401 South St. was charged with with 2 counts of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Greater than 4 Grams and less than 200 Grams.

“I am proud of the men and women of the Marshall Police Department who participated in this operation,” said Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, “We continue to send the message that criminals are not welcome in our community.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Flakka the Drug, by David King

 


Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa has issued a warning about a new synthetic drug that has made its way into Texas.The drug, known as flakka, initially reported as hitting the streets of Florida, has made its way into Texas according to a report earlier this month from the North Texas Poison Control Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.Flakka, also known on the street as “gravel,” which comes in crystalline rock form, can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or used in an e- cigarette and vaped.Though there haven't been any reports of the drug in Marshall as of yet, Chief Campa warns citizens to be on the look-out as flakka can cause fatal side effects, which include agitation, incoherence, violent behavior, increased strength; increased body temperatures (up to 105 degrees) and paranoia.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Social Media and the City of Marshall make histroy move in supporting MPD’s ‘end-racism’ initiative, by Tina Smith







July 9, 2015 will be marked as a historical moment for the city of Marshall, Texas as the city commission passed a resolution proclaiming Marshall to be a “No Colors, No Labels” city.

The resolution was requested by Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, who facilitated the “No Colors, No Labels” initiative as an effort to stop racism by promoting diversity and acceptance of all. This initiative is an effort to erase preconceived notions that the police are racially-motivated.

The resolution passed unanimously and was met with cheers from supporters of the NCNL Initiative who attended the meeting in support of the Initiative.  Audience members raised placards with#nocolorsnolabels, #iamhuman, #endracism and #humanlivesmatter on them. Campa said, “This is a crucial movement for Marshall – a community that has a checkered history of racial turmoil throughout the city’s existence.”

 “Marshall, Texas can be the voice that is heard around the nation. Now is the time for all of us regardless of our skin color, religious beliefs, social economic statues, sexual preference to come together.  This will be the only way that progress can happen.” Campa said. “We should celebrate our differences, instead of letting our differences divide us.”  

“People tend to criticize what they don’t understand. Through the NCNL Initiative, we will educate our citizens that even though there are differences in our heritage, we are all part of the human race.  I hope this initiative will bring our community together as one,” Campa said.

Chief Campa plans to continue the social media campaign already in place, but also add a grassroots effort of educating the community about the different cultures in the community. Culture awareness events are being planned, as well as community forums and various learning seminars.


The first public information meeting for “No Colors, No Labels,” will be from 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, July 16, at the Marshall Police Department. Chief Campa will give a presentation to the public regarding the ‘No Colors, No Labels Initiative,’ and have community members register to be a part of the initiative. He also will unveil the new NCNLwebsite and a schedule of future activities planned. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the awareness campaign, which will involve official photos and videos.

Social Media leads Marshall PD to theft arrests! by Olivia Levoy



Social media played an integral role in the recent arrests of two suspects wanted in conjunction with the theft of a 30 pack of beer, a four pack of wine coolers and a six pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade from a Marshall convenience store.
Raul Cardenas Olivarria, 19, and Pedro Silva, 18, both of Marshall, were arrested July 13, on organized retail theft charges by the Marshall Police Department.
On Thursday, July 9, MPD released photos of the two men from security cameras at the Circle K on SH-59 and Poplar St. via social media seeking the identification of the men. The photos received more than 5,000 views. Within a 24 hour period, the MPD received numerous calls regarding the identity of the men. This led to the suspects being called in for questioning by MPD. After which, a warrant was obtained for their arrest. 
Both men turned themselves in Monday.
“First, I would like to say thank you to the community for assisting us with identifying the individuals responsible for this particular incident," Captain David Reaves said. "Without the assistance from the community, this case would have taken much longer to solve. The use of social media has really helped us conclude several investigations.”
“Sometimes as an officer you feel that you are the only one who cares, but when you see the amount of response we received on our request for assistance through our social media outlets, you realize that the community is just as concerned as our officers,” Reaves said, “It is a great feeling when you see that you are not in this alone. We want those who do not respect the rights of others to realize that it is not just the police you have to worry about, you have a whole city watching, and willing to bring those in the wrong to justice.”
Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, said, “This arrest was made possible by a joint effort by the community and our detectives. Social media, when used correctly, can be an effective tool in crime prevention for the community. The Marshall Police Department will continue to use every available resource, including social media, to fulfill our responsibility of keeping Marshall safe.” 
Both men who were arrested were transported to the Harrison County Jail Monday morning.

One year ago the City of Marshall appoints new chief By Naomi Prioleau


Jesus Eduardo "Eddie" Campa was appointed as the new permanent police chief for the Marshall Police Department at Wednesday night's called city commission meeting.
An El Paso native, Campa comes from the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, where he was the chief deputy. He will officially be instated as chief after passing his required tests.
"It is my pleasure to ask this commission to consent to the appointment of Jesus Campa as our next permanent police chief," Acting City Manager Buzz Snyder said.
"Again this appointment is contingent upon him passing a drug screening, the physical and the TECOLE which is the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement background check. We have absolutely no doubt that he will do all of those."
Campa is a 15-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and was a member of the special reaction team, patrol officer, a school resource Officer, a DARE Instructor, TECLEOSE Instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, a community resource officer and a field training officer during his time there.
"I'm very honored to have the opportunity to work with each and every one of you, I expect nothing but great things moving forward," Campa said after adjournment.
"I do believe in moving forward and looking for new challenges.
"I look forward to building a very strong relationship with you (officers) and helping build a strong relationship with the community."
Mayor Ed Smith added that he thought Campa would fit in well with the community and the police department and that the commission looked forward to working with him in the future.
"We look forward to a very successful career for you here in Marshall, and we look forward to working with you as we go forward in the next, hopefully, years," he said. "We appreciate your willingness to come to our community here, and I think you will fit in well.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Did the 3 Strikes your out law work? By Jesus Eddie Campa



Abstract
            Baseball is said to be the American past time, but what does baseball, have to do with the American criminal justice system?  The three strikes and you are out rule works in baseball because it is mechanically engineered into the game since the inception of the game.  The three strikes and you are out sentencing rule not so mechanically engineered to do so.  Keep in mind that this is something I wrote a few years back for one of my classes while working on my masters.  I would like to get the view points from some of you on the issue of the three strikes law, as well as getting your opinion on the decriminalization of certain crimes.  I hope you enjoy the read.   
The American past time  
            The first recorded baseball game was held in 1846 when the Knickerbockers lost to a team from New York (Bellis, Mary). During that time the number of strikes afforded to a batter was seven, and 43 years later in 1889 the rules were changes to reflect 3 strikes and the batter was out.  The American criminal justice system decided that 148 years after baseball changed the rules to three strikes and you are out, the American criminal justice system would incorporate the same rule into the field of justice.
            The plan appeared to be simple as it was related to baseball and the concept worked there then it would work here.  The rule was simple; a criminal would get three attempts to become a productive citizen of American society, by following the rules (laws) that society had deemed appropriate.  If a citizen could not follow them and ended up behind bars they would be afforded two more opportunities before they would be locked up and forgotten about.  The concept seemed to be appropriate; however, it was not well thought out.
 Adaptation of three strikes
            In 1994 the three strikes ballot measure passed in California by a decisive 72%.  This measure was brought to light because of the murder of 12-year old Polly Klaas who was abducted and killed by a Richard Allen Davis. Richard’s rap sheet was traced back to 1997 and ended with his death sentence in 1996. 
            Under California’s version of three strikes, first and second strikes must be either violent or serious (The New York Times).  Crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape, child molestation, and armed robbery fit the criteria for sentencing a person to life in prison under the three strikes law.  According to the New York Times article “Arguing three strikes,” twenty –five other states have passed three-strikes laws, but only California punishes minor crimes with the penalty of life sentencing.      
Those affected
            The overall impact that the three strikes law had in California was not thought out very well.  The law was signed by then Governor Pete Wilson and the effect of the three strikes law was supposed to have only affected the most violent criminals; however, that was not the case.  The concept and theory behind the three strikes law of California was an honorable one.  The effect of this law was and is felt by the police officers on the street, the jail staff, the jail facility, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, courts, probation officers, prisons, the tax payers, and anyone else involved in the justice system.
            The person that is mostly affected by this law would have to be the person facing their third strike.  According to Police Chief Magazine the three strikes law has caused an increase in fugitives from justice in California by 30% in the past ten years.  The potential for a non violent offender to be convicted of a third strike offense is high; therefore, an offender facing his third conviction will flee from the state in hopes of not getting sentenced  to life in prison.  The majority of these offenders are drug related offenders.  According to Police Chief Magazine other states have seen an increase in non violent offenders from outside of the respected state increase by about 20% in the past ten years.
            The law that was designed to rid the streets of the most violent offenders has not worked to its full potential.  Those most affected are the criminals facing the third strike, but those having to flip the bill for this law and those mostly affected indirectly are the tax payers.  The tax payers have to pay higher taxes to keep the criminal incarcerated.  The average offender in the state of California cost the state $115 dollars a day or $42,000 a year (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation).  That translates for a person that is 25 years old convicted of his third strike and must serve a minimum of 25 years of his life sentence will cost the tax payer a total of   $1,050,000 dollars for their incarceration. This adds up when the state of California has 694 convicted murders on death row, and only 13 have been excited since the Supreme Court allowed the implantation of the death penalty in the state in 1976 ( The New York Times).  The 3,700 nonviolent and nonserious offenders serving life for their third strike in the state of California outnumbers the 3,263 inmates serving a sentence on death row nationwide (The New York Times).  That means that those 3,263 inmates cost the state of California approximately $155,400,000 a year and counts against their allocated $10,017,591,000 dollar budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation).
Creation and enforcement of three strikes law
            The legislative and executive branches had the right idea when the bill was signed into law.  The mistake that was made was that the definition of a serious crime in the state of California is a term of art that can also include crimes such as none confrontational burglaries and after a second strike conviction for an offense such as anything other than jaywalking or a traffic offense can trigger a life sentence.
            This law has placed a burden on the criminal justice system in many ways.  We will use California as the prime example.  The California prison population increased by 500% between 1982 and 2000 with the highest spike in population in 1995 to 2004 (California Department of Corrections).  The Christian Science Monitor has attributed the prison population increase as a direct result of the three strikes sentencing law.   The number of cases that had to be heard in a courtroom more than doubled by 50% in the last 20 years and because of this the court system has seen a back log of cases in the court rooms.  In an attempt to lessen the burden the number of courts and judges increased by 20% in an attempt to keep up with the case load (California Department of Justice). As a result of this there were also an increased number of jury pools that had to be established to accommodate the trials.  A survey that was conducted in 1996 revealed that civil cases were being delayed because of the three strike case taking precedence.  This caused an overflow and a shortage of courtrooms.  The safety concern was also addressed as many civil courtrooms had to be used to handle the three strike cases.  The civil courtrooms are not equipped with metal detectors and lacked stringent security measures.
            As a direct effect of the three strike law the California court system experiences a 50% increase in felony trials due in part to the three strike legislation in 1997.  The district attorney and public defender offices in the majority of the state of California where over their budgets by one million dollars and struggled to hear all the cases assigned to them with limited staffing.   The courts estimated that the creation of the three strikes law added an additional $64 million dollars to the budget, and estimate that the cost five years later was $200 million (Los Angeles Times report).
Recommendations
            There have been many recommendations made to change or improve the policy of three strikes over the years.  The measures in California such as proposition 66 which appeared on the November 2, 2004 ballot called for an amendment to the three strikes law.  The proposition would have defined the term serious.  The amendment called for an increase in sentences only when the current conviction is for a specified violent and or serious crime.  This measure was voted down by 52.7% of the vote (State of California).
            Some of the recommendation that have been made and one that has already been placed into motion is the legalization of marijuana.  They say that the decriminalization of possession and use of certain drugs would also help clear up some of the issues related to overcrowding and lower the case load that was brought on by the three strikes law. With the recommendation to decriminalize certain crimes related to drugs, there should also be a push to lower the punishment for certain crimes that do not for argument say have victims. Many experts say that a perfect example would be the crime of prostitution.  There should be another attempt at a similar proposition 66 in the works that will help to better define the type of crimes that are eligible under the three strikes law.   Crimes that do not involve injury, serious bodily injury, death, sex crime, or any crime against a child should not be labeled as serious under the three strikes law.  The three strike sentencing should also not include offenses that occurred while the person was a juvenile.
            The final recommendation that would be made would be to move along the number of exaction's in the state of California and free up the space on death row for those sentenced to death.  This would send a message to the criminal element that crime, especially vicious crimes will not be tolerated. 
            The three strike sentencing policy in theory seemed to be a good approach to reducing crime.  The implementation, costs, and consequences of the three strikes legislation, deserve careful ongoing evaluation of the law’s opportunity costs as well as its effect on crime, racial disparity, legal process, fairness in application, judicial review, and the effect on jail and prison facilities are all issues that need to be looked at.  The first and biggest mistake of the three strikes law was that the issues addressed above where not reviewed and vetted before the passing of the law. 
            Quality of life issues are always a major issue on the mind of people in society.  Quality of life issues are issues that address things like museums, libraries, parks, and stadiums.   The one quality of life issue that many leave as a quality of life issue is security and peace of mind.  This issue can only be addressed by creating laws such as the three strikes law and by increasing the number of police officers on the field. The three strike law sounds more like a slogan then a serious effort at reducing crime and violence.  The protection of communities from repeat violent offender may be the most emotionally and politically charged challenge to the justice system to date.  The issue or the answer to this will never be easy; however, the three strike law of Californian is a good start, but is in need of some major repair.


Friday, July 10, 2015

City of Marshall makes landmark move in supporting MPD’s ‘end-racism’ initiative, by Ricardo Munoz



Photo: Mayor Eric Neil, Commissioner Gloria Moon, Commissioner Carter, Commissioner Calhoun, Commissioner Borsma, Commissioner Mitchell


July 9, 2015 will be marked as a historical moment for the city of Marshall, Texas as the city commission passed a resolution proclaiming Marshall to be a “No Colors, No Labels” city.

The resolution was requested by Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, who facilitated the “No Colors, No Labels” initiative as an effort to stop racism by promoting diversity and acceptance of all. This initiative is an effort to erase preconceived notions that the police are racially-motivated.

The resolution passed unanimously and was met with cheers from supporters of the NCNL Initiative who attended the meeting in support of the Initiative.  Audience members raised placards with #nocolorsnolabels, #iamhuman, #endracism and #humanlivesmatter on them. Campa said, “This is a crucial movement for Marshall – a community that has a checkered history of racial turmoil throughout the city’s existence.”

 “Marshall, Texas can be the voice that is heard around the nation. Now is the time for all of us regardless of our skin color, religious beliefs, social economic statues, sexual preference to come together.  This will be the only way that progress can happen.” Campa said. “We should celebrate our differences, instead of letting our differences divide us.”  

“People tend to criticize what they don’t understand. Through the NCNL Initiative, we will educate our citizens that even though there are differences in our heritage, we are all part of the human race.  I hope this initiative will bring our community together as one,” Campa said.

Chief Campa plans to continue the social media campaign already in place, but also add a grassroots effort of educating the community about the different cultures in the community. Culture awareness events are being planned, as well as community forums and various learning seminars.


The first public information meeting for “No Colors, No Labels,” will be from 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, July 16, at the Marshall Police Department. Chief Campa will give a presentation to the public regarding the ‘No Colors, No Labels Initiative,’ and have community members register to be a part of the initiative. He also will unveil the new NCNLwebsite and a schedule of future activities planned. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the awareness campaign, which will involve official photos and videos.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lo que no sabias de Jesús Eddie Campa y el mundo de la lucha libre! Reporte por Ricardo Muñoz





Lo que no sabias de Jesús Eddie Campa y el mundo de la lucha libre! Reporte
por Ricardo Muñoz


Me encontré con Jesús Eddie Campa Hace unos cinco años atrás y en el miré a un hombre en el que debería escribir un libro o tener una película hecha sobre su vida que sería un éxito de taquilla. He llegado a conocer a este hombre y déjame decirte que nunca dejará de impresionarlo. Detrás de la imagen, la insignia, su reputación, y todas las cosas que lees acerca de él, se encuentra un hombre que sólo busca la manera de hacer que su familia se sientan orgullosos de él.
Jesús Eddie Campa siempre ha tenido dos pasiones en la vida. Su principal pasión se puede ver en el trabajo que él hace, como jefe del Departamento de Policía de Marshall. Su pasión por servir a su comunidad se puede ver en cada paso que da como el jefe de esta institución . Su segunda pasión está la lucha libre profesional. Tanto así, que él luchó en muchas promociones de lucha libre independiente. La promoción de lucha libre más grande de Campa era una parte que fue la (ALLWA) Asociación de la Alianza de Lucha Libre), en el que que pasó a convertirse en campeón del mundo.
En el mundo de la lucha libre es casi igual que el mundo de el acto policial. Usted tiene buenos y malos, aveces te encuentras luchadores que están en la línea del bien y del mal.
Sólo pensé que sería divertido en agregar algunas líneas mas de esta historia que se hizo por el periódico Marshall Messenger hace tiempo atrás. Verdaderamente disfruté de la historia y pensé que debía que publicar aquí una vez más sobre ello. Mi nombre es Ricardo Muñoz y para aquellos que leen mi blog @ Elreylucha.com, sé que cuando se trata del mundo de la lucha libre, sólo escribo sobre los grandes luchadores.
Cuando me encontre con él, lo conocí como Jesús Eddie Campa el representante de la ley y el orden.
Él siempre ha sido un oficial de policía progresivo y siempre tenía una verdadera visión en su trabajo.
El Jefe Jesús Eddie Campa siempre tuvo una fuerte atracción a la lucha libre. Por favor, disfrute de la historia que publicó el periódico Marshall Messenger sobre el:
Durante el día, Jefe Jesús "Eddie" Campa era conocido como Jefe Adjunto de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de El Paso. Por la noche, él era "El Jefe", el jefe de villano de la Alianza de la Asociación de Lucha Libre.
Un tío de Campa que luchó como "El Mongolian" trató de disuadir a Campa de la profesión, citando los bajos salarios como la razón principal. Pero Campa se Destacó y logró educarse en la escuela.
Cuando Campa se hizo mas mayor, se dio cuenta de que su sueño no se había convertido en realidad ... a pesar de que dijo que habia sido genial.
En su lugar, en la búsqueda de su sueño fue a la universidad y se unió a la EPCSO. Todo iba bien hasta que un día un amigo necesitaba ayuda en ganar publicidad para su salón de baile. Después de la decisión de acoger un evento de lucha libre y de buscar amigos con experiencia y que estaban en el negocio de las luchas, empezaron con el proyecto.
"Lo siguiente que estabamos buscando, era patrocinadores para comprar un ring de lucha libre" y el papá de un compañero de trabajo) comienza diciéndonos 'Bueno, ustedes tienen que tener un luchador, ustedes tienen que tener un propietario, la construcción de la historia,'" Campa dijo. "Bueno, está bien, yo voy a ser el luchador y todo el mundo se da vuelta y me mira, bien, así que seré el Vince McMahon, Así que empecé a ver a mi pequeña infancia sueños venir a la vida.".
El primer espectáculo de lucha libre se agotó y hubo mucha gente invitada que preguntaban que cuando seria el próximo evento.
Campa dijo: "Todo el mundo estaba, '¿Cuándo es el próximo show,' y nosotros estabamos como en shock de no saber que responder ; sólo estábamos tratando de conseguir que la gente viniera y ver el salón de baile de tener su boda y quinceañeras aquí, no convertirlo en salón de baile de la lucha libre ", dijo.
La promoción fue originalmente la Alianza de Lucha Libre deEl Paso antes de convertirse en el ALLWA / AWA por la Asociación de lucha americana.
Campa fue el comisario, anunciador, anfitrión y hora portero, pero no pasó mucho tiempo antes de que fuera lanzado al ring y enseñó a luchar también.
Campa dijo "Lanzarse alrededor de el ring, dolía , pero era divertido", dijo. "Así es como empezó mi carrera como luchador. Lo siguiente que sé, es que estoy Luchando como El Jefe de Policías.
Durante seis años, Campa aprendió los entresijos del mundo de lucha libre, trabajando tanto detrás de las escenas y en frente de la multitud, escribia guiones,así como la creación de los buenos y los malos; en hacer todo lo demás en el medio donde se encontraba.
"La típica historia era que teníamos a nuestro luchador Tecnico contra el dueño de la empresa, y nos fuimos en el partido por el control de la empresa de la lucha . Si perdia, yo tendría que ceder el control de la empresa , y perdí. Regrese de nuevo bajo una máscara como Mr. Huesos, y nadie sabía quién era yo ", dijo Campa. "Fue su historia típica de Lucha, y lo siguiente que supe era que la gente me apoyaba como un tecnico bajo la mascara negra.
El uso de una máscara negra y pantalones largos y la entrega que tuvo entre lanzamientos y caídas , Campa finalmente ganó el título del Campeonato del Mundo, una experiencia que él dijo que no olvidará.
"Fue increíble. Fue un sueño hecho realidad". La primera vez que fue abucheado, no era tan divertido como yo pensaba que era, pero cuando gané la segunda vez, ya era bueno, por lo que la gente realmente con impresionante audiencia estaba aclamando su nombre." Me sentía con escalofríos en mi espina dorsal ", dijo.
Después del lanzamiento de la película "Nacho Libre", que impulsó la ALLWA llamo el centro de atención, ya que recorrió en San Antonio, Las Cruces y Colorado y atrajeron a luchadores como Eddie Guerrero y Chavo Guerrero.
"Fue como un sueño hecho realidad", dijo Campa. "Es algo que comenzó como una especie de broma, y lo siguiente que usted sabe es como comenzó todo , paso durante seis años."
Al final, la competencia les obligó a cerrar sus puertas.
"No sé si la gente sabe la diferencia entre la lucha libre independiente y sus compañías profesionales", dijo. "Es difícil para una organización independiente para trabajar y sostenerse porque tiene patrocinio limitado. Es un hobby caro."
Si se diera la oportunidad Campa dijo que iba a hacer todo de nuevo.
"Siempre le digo a la gente si gano la lotería, voy a dejar todo lo que estoy haciendo y voy a convertirme en el próximo (Extreme Championship Wrestling) Empezaremos poco a poco y luego nos expandiremos hasta convertirnos en una fuerza global -son las ilusiones que tengo ", dijo. "Hecho de menos aquellos días, esos eran días de de pura diversión."