THE TRAGIC SUICIDE BY HANGING OF PC DAVID RATHBAND – 29TH FEB 2012……R.I.P

ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH SENT BY PC DAVID RATHBAND TO THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2011.

NOW ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH A BRIEF DISPLAY INTO THE BACKGROUND AND SUBSEQUENT TRAGIC SUICIDE OF PC DAVID RATHBAND 

PC DAVID RATHBAND SUICIDE BY HANGING  ANNOUNCED

Moat cop David Rathband found dead in ‘suicide’

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PC DAVID RATHBAND  10TH MACH 2012 

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AS REPORTED BY THE SUN NEWSPAPER

Pc David Rathband
So brave … PC David Rathband lost his sight in shooting
By ROBIN PERRIE
Published: 01st March 2012

THE cop blinded by gun maniac Raoul Moat was found dead at his home in a suspected suicide last night.

Separated ... David and Kath Rathband

PC David Rathband, 44, had struggled to cope after being blasted in the face by Moat in July 2010.

Cops found the dad-of-two’s body in Blyth, Northumberland.

Ex-bouncer Moat, 37, had already shot dead his former girlfriend’s new man Christopher Brown, 29, in his rampage in July 2010. He also blasted and wounded his ex Samantha Stobbart, 22.

Rathband died two days after returning home to Blyth following a month-long visit to see his twin Darren in Adelaide, Australia.

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Last picture … smiling David Rathband sunbathes in Australia days before his death

Before the end of his break he posted a string of disturbing messages on Twitter suggesting he was considering suicide.One read: “RIP PC Rathband.”

In another tweet he wrote: “I am flying home on Monday and will say goodbye to the children.”

He also commented on the lack of contact with wife Kath and said that she just wanted to be friends.

Rathband revealed they had split last November.

In another tweet he wrote how he had lost “my sight, my job, my wife and my marriage”.

His mood later appeared to improve when he said he was looking forward to the future.

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Wounds … PC Rathband in hospital after Raoul Moat’s attack

He also said: “Very emotional few days but back on track. Now focusing on my trip back to the UK and the road ahead.”He also thanked his Twitter followers for their messages of support.

In the last-known picture of David — tweeted by Darren — he was seen sunbathing at a police recuperation centre just six days before his death.

Northumbria Police would not comment on the cause of death last night — but it was feared Rathband hanged himself.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I am deeply saddened to have to confirm the death of PC David Rathband and my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“In July 2010 his life changed for ever when he was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat. David showed outstanding bravery in what was a terrifying situation. He was a dedicated officer who acted in the best traditions of the police service.”

A police spokesman added no-one else was being sought in connection with the incident.

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Maniac … Raoul Moat shot PC Rathband during gun rampage in July 2010

“He was declared dead at the scene. A police investigation is under way. The coroner has been informed.”The street where the brave bobby lived was cordoned off last night as an officer stood guard. Forensics experts were at the scene.

A spokesman for the The Blue Lamp Foundation – a charity started by David to help emergency services personnel injured in the line of duty as the result of a criminal act – last night said: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of David Rathband. Since being shot in July 2010, David struggled to come to terms with his horrific injuries and the traumatic effect they had on him and his family and friends.

“David’s legacy will live on in the form of The Blue Lamp Foundation. It was David’s wish that those who found themselves in a similar position to him could receive the support that wasn’t available to him at the time.

“David’s family have asked that their privacy be respected at this time and they are allowed the time and space to reflect and grieve.”

Bodybuilding nut Moat had just been freed from prison when he went on his rampage with a sawn-off shotgun on July 3, 2010.

He fled after shooting Samantha and Christopher in Gateshead — and next day blasted Rathband as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.

David later said: “I looked into his eyes and saw nothing — no emotion. Then I felt the pain full-on in my face.

“I knew my right eye socket had just exploded and my eye had gone.”

Just 12 minutes earlier steroid freak Moat had phoned 999 to “declare war” on the police.

He went on the run for seven days before he was cornered in Rothbury, Northumberland. He killed himself after a tense stand-off with police.

Video: David Rathband found dead

PC blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in suspected suicide

Rathband bravely struggled to cope with his blindness but it proved too much. He split with wife Kath, 42, and moved out of the marital home in a bid to learn to live independently.

Rathband, who had a son, 19, and daughter, 13, admitted last July that he had suicidal thoughts. He said in an interview: “I’m not a robot, I have been badly affected by what’s happened.

“I have to wait and see but as long as I have the conviction to carry on doing the best by my family then I don’t think I can go far wrong.”

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Wife … PC Rathband with Kath

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But last November Rathband revealed his marriage was over after a trial separation.

The previous August police visited the couple’s home. They were responding to reports of an alleged assault but no further action was taken.

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So proud … cop David

After the split, Rathband was said to have formed a close friendship with 7/7 survivor Lisa French.

Last July he received a special recognition award from PM David Cameron at the Sun-backed Police Bravery Awards. Locals were stunned by the tragedy last night.

PC Rathband’s street was cordoned off with police tape with an officer standing guard.

A teenage girl, who went to the same school as Rathband’s son, said: “PC Rathband was a lovely man and I thought they were a lovely family.

“He did a speech at my friend’s funeral last year and I am really shocked to hear about what has happened. I can’t believe it.

“His family and friends will all be absolutely devastated. It is such a shock to hear that he has died.”

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Police … at Rathband’s home last night

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A neighbour added: “It is a big shock. Everyone knows him around here. He was a prominent figure and everyone felt for him knowing what he had been through after he was shot. He seemed very brave.

“I don’t know how it has happened but it is tragic.”

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African-American cop infiltrates the KKK

Ron Stallworth speaks about his experience with the Klansmen

In the late 1970s, the Ku Klux Klan was expanding in Colorado.  Ron Stallworth was an undercover cop who tried to infiltrate the group.  He disguised himself as a bigot and signed up with a local KKK chapter.

He began by answering a newspaper ad by phone and used what he said were all the buzzwords the Klansmen liked to hear.  They liked Stallworth, asked him to join.  Time went by and he became intimately involved with the group.  He even exchanged numerous phone calls with Klan leader David Duke, who would often mock or insult minorities on the phone with Stallworth.

He was considered one of the KKK’s most loyal members.  So one day, the group even asked him to be the leader of their local chapter in Colorado Springs.  But there was one huge hurdle Stallworth had to overcome during his work, he’s black.

Former police officer and card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan, Ron Stallworth joined Dan Abrams to talk about his extraordinary experience.

To read an excerpt from their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the “Launch” button to the right.

DAN ABRAMS, HOST, ‘ABRAMS REPORT’:  How does being black play into your undercover work?

RON STALLWORTH, WENT UNDERCOVER WITH THE KKK:  Well, obviously, it was an obstacle.  When this whole investigation started, I honestly didn’t think it was going to go very far.

I answered this ad in the classifieds.  It said, “Ku Klux Klan:  For information, call.”  And then there was a phone number.

And since I was in intelligence and investigator for the Colorado Springs Police Department, I called the number and didn’t think it was going to lead anywhere.  And lo and behold, another guy answered the phone and told me that he was starting a chapter in Colorado Springs and wanted to know if I was interested.  And I said, “Yes.”  I then spoke with him about why I wanted to join.

ABRAMS:  What did you say?  What would you say to him?

STALLWORTH:  I told him I was a pure Aryan, white man, which in and of itself is a joke.  But I said I was a pure Aryan, white-blooded American male, that I had been the victim of racial prejudice because of the dominance of blacks, Jews, and Mexicans, and other minorities, except I used the racial terms that they liked to use referring to those groups.

ABRAMS:  Right.

STALLWORTH:  And I even went so far as to tell them that part of the reason why I wanted to join was I had found out that a sister of mine had dated a black guy.  And that, to me, was just the ultimate offense.  And he couldn’t believe that.

And so he said I was just the type of individual that they were looking for.  They were interested in expanding and asked me if I wanted to join.  And I said, “Sure,” gave him my real name, and made arrangements to meet with him.

It turned out he was a soldier in the Army, stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.  And I arranged to meet with him.  I gave him a physical description of myself, obviously didn’t tell him I was black, and told him I would be arriving at a certain type of vehicle and go from there.

ABRAMS:  And then you actually sent a white officer in your place to a meeting?

STALLWORTH:  Yes.  I gave my physical description, because I knew a good buddy of mine working the narcotics division for the department matched my physical description.  And what I did was I gave this officer all of my identification, minus anything with a picture, credit card, library card, this type of thing, and told him of my conversation on the phone, told him what I wanted to accomplish with a face-to-face meeting, and wired him for sound and sent him to the location.

He met with the guy.  The guy gave him some literature, KKK literature, gave him an application form, told him they were part of the Denver chapter.  Denver had a chapter at that time.  And they were forming one in Colorado Springs and were looking to just promote their pure, Aryan, white race agenda in the Colorado Springs area.

ABRAMS:  What did you learn about the Klansmen?  What kind of crimes do you think you were you able to prevent?

STALLWORTH:  Well, I was more interested, from an intelligence-gathering standpoint—obviously, any crimes that came up we would have followed up on.  But I was mainly involved from the intelligence-gathering aspect.  I do know that they planned several cross-burnings over the year that I had this investigation going, and I knew about those cross-burnings well in advance, so that we would have police officers saturating a particular neighborhood.  And during the entire year of this investigation, at no time was a cross ever burned in Colorado Springs.

ABRAMS:  Final question.  David Duke, you talked to him on the phone a couple times, and he said to you that he always knows when he’s talking to a black man on the phone.  He can always tell.  And he was confident that you were a white man?

STALLWORTH:  I talked to David Duke once or twice a week over the year that this investigation took place.  And David did tell me that he could tell I had a little fun.  I asked him one time.  I said, “Aren’t you afraid of being infiltrated by the police or maybe some black person trying to get information on the group?”  He said, no, he never worried about that.

And I asked him why.  He said, “I can always tell when I’m talking to a black man because they pronounce words and letters a certain way.”

And he said, “I can tell that you’re a pure-blooded white man, because you don’t pronounce your words in that manner.”  And from that point on, I started pronouncing those words in that manner just to play with him.

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Anti-Nazi League

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Anti-Nazi League logo

The Anti-Nazi League (ANL) was an organisation set up in 1977 on the initiative of the Socialist Workers Party with sponsorship from sometrade unions and the endorsement of a list of prominent people to oppose the rise of far-right groups in the United Kingdom. It was wound down in 1981. It was relaunched in 1992, but merged into Unite Against Fascism in 2003.

The initial sponsors included Peter Hain (a former Young Liberal leader; then the communications officer of the postal workers’ union UCW, more recently Secretary of State for Wales), Ernie Roberts(deputy general secretary of the engineering union AUEW) and Paul Holborow (of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)).[citation needed][edit]History

In its first period, 1977–1982, the Anti-Nazi League was supposedly run by an elected committee nationally and similar committees throughout the country, although in practice many local and National ANL initiatives were launched directly by the SWP. Many trade unions sponsored it as did the Indian Workers Association (then a large organisation), and many members of the Labour Party and MPs such as Neil Kinnock.[citation needed] The Anti-Nazi League was best known for the two giant Rock Against Racism carnivals of 1978: involving bands such as The ClashStiff Little FingersSteel PulseMisty in RootsX-Ray Spex andTom Robinson, they saw 80,000 and then 100,000.[citation needed] In 1981 with the eclipse of the National Front and collapse of the British Movement the initial incarnation of the ANL was wound up. Some elements within the ANL opposed the winding up of the organisation, including some members of the SWP. After being expelled from the Socialist Workers Party some of these elements formedRed Action and with others organised Anti-Fascist Action, who had a much more open view to using violence to intimidate groups and individuals they considered fascist. In 1992 the Socialist Workers Party relaunched the Anti-Nazi League due to the electoral success of the British National Party.[citation needed] In 2004 the ANL affiliated with the Unite Against Fascism group alongside other groups such as the National Assembly Against Racism.[1][2]

[edit]Beliefs

Most of the ANL’s activities in the 1970s were in opposition to the National Front, an organization led by John Tyndall who had a long history of involvement with openly fascist and Nazi groups. The ANL also campaigned against the British Movement which was a more openly Hitlerite grouping. The ANL was allowed to run down in the early 1980s.[citation needed] The organization was revived in 1992. In the 1990s its main efforts have been to oppose the British National Party, which denies that it is a Nazi Party.

[edit]Activities

The ANL carried out leafleting and other campaigns against Far Right groups which it claimed were not just racist but fascist; see BNP and British National Front. The ANL was linked to “Rock Against Racism” in the 1970s, and has worked with a similar group, “Love Music Hate Racism“, from 2001 onwards.[citation needed]

[edit]Blair Peach killing

Main article: Blair Peach

In April 1979, an ANL member, Blair Peach, was killed following a demonstration at Southall against a National Front election meeting. Police had sealed off the area around Southall Town Hall, and anti-racist demonstrators trying to make their way there were blocked. In the ensuing confrontation, more than 40 people (including 21 police) were injured, and 300 were arrested. Bricks were hurled at police, who described the rioting as the most violent they have handled in London. Among the demonstrators was Peach, a New Zealand-born member of the ANL. During an incident in a side street 100 yards from the town hall, he was seriously injured and collapsed, blood running down his face from serious head injuries. He died later in hospital.[3] An inquest jury later returned a verdict of misadventure, and Blair Peach remains a symbolic figurehead for the ANL. Campaigns continue for a public inquiry into his death. A primary school in Southall bears his name.[4]

[edit]The ANL’s Leadership

The ANL National Organiser at the time of the creation of Unite Against Fascism was Weyman Bennett, a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party. Its previous National Organiser was Julie Waterson, also a member of the Socialist Workers Party and a former member of the National Executive of the Socialist Alliance.[citation needed]

[edit]Challenges and criticisms

[edit]Denials of Fascism and Racism

When the National Front and the British National Party were led by John Tyndall, his record of involvement in openly Neo-Nazi groups made it far easier to assert that the National Front and BNP werefascist or Neo-Nazi in nature. Similarly, his convictions for violence and incitement to racial hatred provide ample grounds for the ANL to claim both organisations were racist.[5] The ANL and other anti fascists argue that the BNP remains a Nazi party irrespective of the fact that it has adopted what the ANL describes as the ‘Dual Strategy’ of cultivating respectability in the media while retaining a cadre of committed fascists. This position is countered by BNP members who claim that their party is increasingly democratic in its nature. Journalistic investigation by The Guardian newspaper (December 22, 2006) has supported the ANL’s view that the BNP remains a fascist party.[6]

[edit]A popular front against fascism

More broadly, the ANL is seen as a form of anti-fascism that seeks out alliances with a broad spectrum of progressive organisations usually rooted in the Labour movement. Socialist historian Dave Renton, for example, in his book Fascism: Theory and Practice,[7] describes the ANL as “an orthodox united front” based on a “strategy of working class unity”, as advocated by Leon Trotsky. Critics of the ANL, such as Anti-Fascist Action[8] argue that the ANL’s co-operation with “bourgeois” groups who work closely with the state, such as Searchlight magazine and the Labour Party, rule out this description, making it a classic popular front.

[edit]Free speech

Critics of the ANL (including people opposed to the far right) claim that its “No Platform for Nazis” policy and call for far right parties to be “shut down” amounts to denying the democratic rights tofreedom of speech and freedom of association. For some, this reflects the fact that freedom of speech is either universal or non-existent; others take the more nuanced position that this reflects the greater protection to be accorded to those sub-sets of freedom of speech and association which deliver ‘democracy’ (so political speech would attract greater protection than forms of speech, such as pornography, which do not contribute to democracy). This view point accords with those anti-fascists who believe that the best way to defeat the far right is by debate rather than censorship, which they say is both ineffective and hypocritical. Relatedly, the ANL has been subject to the more pragmatic criticism that its constant calls for groups like the BNP to be banned will allow the far right to portray themselves as victims of censorship, and the anti-fascist movement as intolerant and undemocratic. The ANL response to this criticism derives from the argument that, because fascist groups ultimately seek to curtail democracy and suppress democratic rights (even if they initially seek to obtain power through democratic means), the curtailment of their democratic rights can be justified as a means of protecting those of the broader citizenryMilitant anti-fascists, however, have criticised the ANL for relying on the state to prosecute or censor fascism, rather than promoting direct action by citizens.[citation needed]

[edit]Relationship with the SWP

The ANL has been accused of being a ‘front’ for the Socialist Workers Party; that is, of being controlled by the SWP and having the agenda of recruiting members to that organisation, while giving the impression of being independent,[9] generally by left-wingers who are not associated with the SWP