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Veterans for Standing Rock .. #NoDAPL

“Come to Standing Rock Indian Reservation and hold the line with Wes Clark jr, Michael Wood jr, Tulsi Gabbard and hundreds of other veterans in support of the Sioux nation against the DAPL pipeline. Bring Body armor, gas masks, earplugs AND shooting mufflers (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons. Op Order to be published 10 November 2016.

What is Standing Rock?

 

Michael Wood jr, on #VeteransForStandingRock

 

Michael Wood jr, on TheYoungTurks talking about #VeteransForStandingRock

 

Michael Wood jr, on The Jimmy Dore Show talking about #VeteransForStandingRock

 

Nuance Ep. 2 – #VeteranStandingRock

Police scientist Mike Wood discusses #VeteranStandingRock, a campaign to enlist U.S. military veterans to stand in solidarity with Sioux Native Americans fighting the construction of an oil pipeline underneath their water supply from Dec. 4-7.

 

update (Dec 4, 2016)
HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock

 

 Michael A Wood Jr’s reaction to the HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock

Wesley Clark Jr asks for forgiveness from Leonard Crow Dog

update (Dec 8, 2016)

#VeteransForStandingRock in the Press:

 

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Michael A. Wood Jr’s 2nd appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast

On June 13, 2016, Michael A. Wood Jr made his 2nd appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast

Days after the Orlando mass shooting, Joe & Michael begin their conversation by discussing what steps should be taken to curb the growing gun violence in America…

Other topics include: Prison Reform in America; the NRA & what the 2nd Amendment really means; Michael’s ‘best night as a cop’; Michael’s life-changing experiences working w/ Baltimore’s inner city social activists; Stefanie DeLuca’s ground-breaking study: ‘Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?‘; the continuing failure of The Drug War; and Michael’s involvement w/ Radio Revolver, a Baltimore-based, community-oriented podcast network that hopes to be an ‘umbrella for activists, educators, artists, youth, and more to have the resources to launch their message.’

Micheal will be hosting the flagship podcast, “Misconduct: The Death of Freddie Gray,” so please help support the initiative.

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If you missed Michael A. Wood Jr’s original appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast please click here.

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To the People of Chicago – Police Reform

People of Chicago, I swear to serve you, just say the word…

Cover Letter, Resume, & Essay Questions for Chicago PD

Please read through. Even if just to discuss the ideas.

The application does say that: In addition to listing references, you may have up to four (4) letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. If you choose to request such letters, they should be from individuals who know you well (the individuals need not be the same as those on your list of references). The letters must be sent by the writer directly to the office of the Police Board. (4) letters of recommendation can be received. I prefer they come from the public, not who I pick and choose.

Max A. Caproni, Executive Director
Chicago Police Board
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602

Application Instructions

Respectfully,

Michael A. Wood Jr.

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Serial Dynasty #FreeAdnan Ep. 24: Interview with Michael A. Wood, Jr.

The soon to be Truth and Justice Podcast (but currently Serial Dynasty with Bob Ruff) interview.

In this episode, Bob interviews former Baltimore PD Detective, Michael A. Wood, Jr. Michael talks about the incentives that drive detectives to close cases, come Hell or high water. The episode also includes the reveal of new information, in the “Don investigation.”

Find Bob online and follow.

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What Resides in Dark Corners (a response to a letter from the Baltimore Police Department)

Kevin Davis,

I am often perplexed at exactly what to do about bringing reform to policing. It seems as though it has been quite a long time that the obvious issues surrounding policing have been brought to the forefront and I cannot think of anything significant which has changed. It has been a long time since Freddie Gray met the indifference of police culture toward citizen life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, nothing in Baltimore has changed. Arguably, it has become worse. The focus, for me, has been in revolution as opposed to retribution, so I have not named those in the past. That choice is very open to criticism. It cannot be said that I am entirely convinced that tactic is the best path forward.

What I am convinced of, is that this tactic has provided a curtain for which the commanders of the Baltimore Police Department can hide behind. This brings us to this correspondence sent to me dated September 11, 2015. Do not think that we cannot see the subtle jabs of not using my rank. Do not think that we cannot see the laziness and lack of professionalism in misspelling my name, removing the “interim” from police commissioner, atrocious grammar, and calling the agency by its wrong name (it is the Baltimore Police Department, not the Baltimore City Police Department maybe you guys would know that if you cared). Do not think that we do not find it ridiculous that “direct result” is three months later. Do not think that we do not see through the insincerity of the words contained in this letter.

I find it preposterous that if you cared, you would not pick up a phone, you would not speak to me at a protest, that you would not expect me to conform to your time frame and location. You know where I live. You know I seek a public and transparent forum. It is in the desire for transparency that you hide. I do not seek closed door meetings and you have used that to pretend to care. You stand in the safety of your building and ask me to come inside, as if there is some hope of justice under that roof. The problem is that I have worked under that roof, I know that it is a black hole from which the truth never escapes.

How do I get you and your agency into the light? I do it by doing the opposite of what the Baltimore Police Department does. You are not alone in your actions, as policing in America loves to put the responsibility of doing the “right thing” on the community. So now, let us put the responsibility of doing the “right thing” on the people who are actually sworn to do the right thing. Yes, there is one thing I have refused to do and that is to name, names. I still think that retribution is the wrong approach because it is the people in command who set the system up and push officers into this mentality. It is once again shedding leadership, making a mockery of the word, and that does not seem to matter to you. I have left one corner dark. I think that corner should be left dark, but since you have chosen to hide in it, I am left with no choice.

I know you can search the complaints and internal reports and most likely piece this stuff together, but let us play along and pretend you cannot. Here is what I will do. I will provide the details, including names, of my first two reports back in June 2015. The detective who slapped the innocent lady (although you probably already have a complaint on file corresponding to that allegation) and the officer who kicked the handcuffed suspect (who went to the hospital and would be incredibly easy to find) are these two incidents. Together, we can shed light into that remaining dark corner. It is this light that we can bring about reform and public trust. I will participate 100% in these investigations, but first, we shed the light, first we serve the public’s interest. The price for what you say you want is free. An open and honest conversation between Kevin Davis and me for one hour, live, no commercials, unedited, uploaded to YouTube, and without distribution or use limitations.

Michael A. Wood Jr.

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Related: An interview with the Baltimore cop who’s revealing all the horrible things he saw on the job

 

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Michael A. Wood Jr’s appearance on VICE’s documentary ‘Fixing The System’

VICE’s documentary, Fixing the System, investigates America’s broken criminal justice system.

Fixing The System is a powerful Shane Smith documentary that digs deep into America’s incarceration problem… The following video contains the full Michael A Wood Jr interview segment from the film.

The documentary debuted on Sunday, Sep, 27, 2015,  on HBO and is available to US viewers to stream online for free until Oct 12. *For non-US viewers, you can watch the full documentary here.

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