“As I’ve stated before, say what you want about the LAPD, but there is NO police officer I know that even IF they felt that someone deserved to be killed by police, would have the AUDACITY to say that publicly to the widow or widower of the deceased.”
—Jasmyne Cannick, July 13, 2016
I am not a fan of airing out the dirty laundry of the community—but sometimes it has to be done and this is one of those occasions.
On Tuesday morning ahead of the meeting of the L.A. Police Commissioners at LAPD headquarters news media appointed community activist and National Action Network-LA’s political director Najee Ali lost his damn mind in front of a room full of witnesses. And while I’ve seen elected officials recalled, black listed and censured for less—it’s no surprise that there’s an all too familiar silence from both the news media who witnessed Najee’s ghastly transgressions as well as from the who’s who in Black political Los Angeles.
It’s no secret that relations are strained between Najee Ali and Black Lives Matter. Besides denouncing the group, Najee has publicly admitted to pointing out protesters to the police to be arrested. He regularly posts photos of himself smiling alongside of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as well as publicly praises Beck before the police commission. Beck continues to be a target of BLMLA who has called for his firing over the officer-involved deaths of Ezell Ford, Redel Jones, Brendon Glenn and the in-custody death of Wakiesha Wilson.
So friends they are not.
Well on Tuesday Najee Ali decided to come into the police commission meeting and plop his ass right down in the middle of BLMLA members. It didn’t take long before the insults started flying.
To be clear, Najee Ali was not under duress in the video above when he said what he said and did what he did. As a matter of fact he was quite smug in my opinion.
One particular exchange between BLM Pasadena founder Jasmine Abdullah and Najee included him calling her a felon. Abdullah who previously went by Jasmine Richards was recently convicted of felony lynching stemming from a BLM Pasadena protest.
For those who know Najee’s history, it’s laughable that he’d be leveling an insult to anyone using the word felon considering his most recent stint in prison came after he was found guilty in 2008 of trying to tamper with a witness outside his daughter’s preliminary hearing. For that he received four-years. Jasmin Eskew, Najee’s daughter, was awaiting trial on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of leaving the scene of an accident stemming from an incident in July 2007 involving her vehicle and a group of motorcyclists on the San Bernardino Freeway.
As the Los Angeles Times reported back then, “Ali would have received two years in prison, but a prior robbery conviction in 1992 doubled his time to four years, Gibbons said. The judge also found that Ali had violated his probation in a 2004 case in which he was convicted of felony hit-and-run and perjury.”
So Najee doesn’t need to be calling anyone a felon as an insult especially considering he still “gang bangs” on social media as illustrated in a Facebook post regarding the LAPD’s killing of 43-year-old Charly Leundeu Keunang. Below Najee Ali attempts to rep his hood to civil rights attorney Nana Gyamfi.
Well anyway, one thing led to another and before I knew it Najee Ali was threatening me and pointing his finger in my face.
See Najee likes to bully people, especially women. I am not afraid of Najee. In fact, he should be afraid of me.
Najee threatened to do something to me physically. He threatened to tell the Mayor and as he said my boss on me. That part was actually kind of funny.
I didn’t take any of that sitting down and sent his ass packing to the other side of the room.
Now when Najee was leveling all of his threats against me, Jasmine and Dr. Melina Abdullah he did so in front of the news media and plenty of sworn law enforcement officers. Officers who I have seen escort people of out the building for far less. But for Najee they just shepherded him to the other side of the room.
As Najee was being chaperoned to the other side of the room, Marcus Vaughn, the husband of Redel Jones—a Black woman killed in South L.A. by the LAPD in 2015—got into it with him.
So Marcus took offense to the fact that Najee kept calling Jasmine “Jasmine Richards” instead of her chosen name of “Jasmine Abdullah.”
Kind of like how Najee Ali won’t answer to his birth name of Ronald Todd Eskew.
Anyway, Najee started talking crap to this man, who was only in Los Angeles to hear the commission’s ruling on his wife’s death. Najee taunted him by repeating “you ain’t gone do nothing.”
Najee said “that’s why she was killed” and all hell broke loose.
Redel Jones’ husband had to be held back from jumping over a row of chairs to get to a smirking Najee and who through all of that continued to be ushered to the other side of the room and seated.
Below is audio of Mr. Vaughn describing his encounter with Najee:
Let me just say this.
As I’ve stated before, say what you want about the LAPD, but there is NO police officer I know that even IF they felt that someone deserved to be killed by police, would have the AUDACITY to say that publicly to the widow or widower of the deceased.
Najee Ali, a Black community activist who touts himself as being a critic of the police department and by and for the People felt comfortable publicly taunting another Black man about the death of his wife by the police—and just walked away escorted–by the police.
Before mtg, Najee Ali forced to move seats after confrontation with activists. Ali now working with mayor’s office pic.twitter.com/X2uMv0dRuF
— Eric Leonard (@LeonardFiles) July 12, 2016
Once on the other side of the room, the founder of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. told a person he thought was a Muslim “don’t blow up nothing while we in here.” He said this while seated next to another of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s aides Andre Herndon.
And yes, all of this happened before the meeting ever started.
Folks, this is unacceptable.
Just over a week ago Najee Ali was told off in Compton by residents after he tried to hold a press conference and speak for them. Among his issues that day was an alleged homophobic comment made by a councilmember.
Najee forgets that just last year, he sent the following email to a Black female civil rights lawyer:
I really need for the news media to stop being so enamored with Najee Ali and using him to represent the thoughts and views of Blacks in Los Angeles. Anyone this bigoted, sexist, misogynistic and Islamaphobic should not be lifted up as a representation of women like me.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Charlie Beck need to disavow Najee and his comments. Remember, we basically took a man’s basketball team away for similar controversial comments.
The LAPD’s rank-and-file have long tried to make sense of Chief Beck and command staff’s infatuation with Najee Ali.
Najee Ali should be banned from attending any future meetings of the police commission. Isn’t that the usual MO when someone makes threats and damn near incites a riot? If Najee had been a member of Black Lives Matter I am almost sure that would have been the end result—banned for life.
Every uniformed and plainclothes officer in that video that stood there escorting Najee Ali around the room to level threats and incite a riot needs a complaint submitted. I’ve seen officers do more when two people are arguing on the streets of Los Angeles. But for Najee Ali they paved the way for him to stand there threatening three women and a widower. That’s unacceptable.
It’s no secret that I don’t like Najee. I have my reasons. We were cool years ago but he ruined that when he did what he did to someone I care a lot about. He knows it and I know it. He’s not a well man. Perhaps seeing this video will once and for all hip the community to who Najee Ali really is and when he comes around they’ll send his ass packing.