City Council Member Jolanda Jones Distributes (Possibly) Anti-Police Pamphlets at NAACP Meeting

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City council member Jolanda Jones says she acted as a lawyer at the meeting.
Small white cards drifted around the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on February 8, where the NAACP town hall meeting was being held to address Chad Holley's police beating.

"Know Your Rights With The Police," the cards declared. "NEVER speak with the police. You have a 5th amendment right to remain silent. Use it! Ask for & contact your lawyer," read one point. "If the police are speaking with you then they think you are involved with something illegal. NEVER speak with them without your lawyer. What you say WILL be used against you and it will kill you at trial!" read another. The cards were copyrighted to lawyer Jolanda Jones.

Below the tips, two phone numbers were printed: "To hire me as a lawyer" prefaced her law office number. "To report misconduct" gave her city council number. On the reverse side: "If you want a fighter then you want me!!!!!"

As Jones sat at the front of the room next to three other members of city council, it may have been difficult to determine which number she was representing that night.

"I was invited to speak as a panelist/lawyer for the express purpose of giving people their legal rights," Jones told Hair Balls this afternoon. She said she wasn't there as a member of city council. "The problem came when other council members ended up coming. Generally speaking, if one elected official gets to speak, then they all get to speak," she said.

So Jones decided she wouldn't speak at all. The three other city council members -- who were not invited to speak as panelists -- were given seats at the front of the room as a sign of respect. They happened to be placed right next to Jones. To an observer, therefore, the row of four chairs facing the audience appeared to be occupied by four city council members. And one of them appeared to be handing out seemingly anti-police literature.

Jones said she wasn't spreading an anti-police message, but was merely acting in her capacity as a lawyer. "I don't lose my law license when I get elected to city council," she said.

Allegations of an ethical conflict between the contents of the card and her position on city council were unfounded, she added. "HPOU [the Houston Police Officers Union] wants to distract from the Holley video, from the shooting this weekend, from every other shooting," she said. "They want to blame the mistrust of them on little old me. If that's what they want to focus on, then I respectfully submit to you that they'll never fix their problem," she said.

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Dealbench
Dealbench

You guys need to read the EmPac Texas .org web site about the Houston Police. I think you will be more than disturbed with what actually goes on.

Bill
Bill

Been in too many cars where the driver has been pulled over for DWB to in any way disagree with JoJo on this one. HPD, Bellaire PD, the PDs in all the little villages around town - you don't want to get caught being black there, especially after dark. It was true in the 1970s when I was a teenager and it is still true today: Houston is a sundown town.

hatin on jones
hatin on jones

She is a disgrace to the legal profession. She should be disbarred. I hope the city censures her racism.

joel2
joel2

dear god, teaching citizens their rights in their own country. what is america coming to.

Meganesq21
Meganesq21

If anyone has been through police training, they'll acknowledge that the police are instructed to ask lots and give away as little as possible about why you are being stopped and questioned. It just seems like leveling the playing field if you don't talk to them. They have cameras and audio and can use that if there is really a serious threat about your behaviour.

Tacotruck
Tacotruck

Telling people not to talk to the police without a lawyer isn't "anti-police," it's just good common sense.

Craig
Craig

I'm 100% certain Obama and Rev. Wright would be welcome at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Tom Mabe
Tom Mabe

"Never speak to the police"??

Tom Mabe
Tom Mabe

Go read the card she was handing out then get back to us.

Tom Mabe
Tom Mabe

The card says NEVER talk to the police. As in ever.

Craig
Craig

Agree, especially when they are all guilty like the folks who attend this church.

They didn't just ask Jo Joe Kojak Jr. to come speak to people who actually operate within the law and have nothing to fear.

These people obviously have something to hide.

Liltx
Liltx

Naive. And not black. Just Big.

Wb
Wb

read the card. again, she's just teaching people their rights.

H_e_x
H_e_x

You're like a cheesy, blatantly racist character on The Boondocks.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Naive at best.

Wb
Wb

lol. yeah, because not wanting to talk to members of a racist, hateful police force means you have something to hide...

Big Tex
Big Tex

I didn't say that. Did you just make it up, Clem?

Clemson2
Clemson2

Yeah, there's no such thing as prejudice anymore. And no behavior that springs from prejudice. All 'cause Big Tex says so.

Big Tex
Big Tex

OH WOE IS MEEEEEEE, black people have it SOOOOOOO baddddddd. It's time to stop using your race as a crutch.

Tom Mabe
Tom Mabe

Wrong. She's basically telling people the police can't be trusted, the police are their enemies, and they are constantly out to get them, which is a lie. What a great role model and leader she is, huh?

USA1
USA1

Got a brand new deck of race cards?

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