Monday, July 27, 2009

Barack Obama tries to quell rising Gates furor, but what of racist Citibank’s treatment of Derrick Gillenwater and others?

Update: Rut-ro, it seems that the cop lied about talking with the complainant, who also says she never mentioned anything about "black men" when she called 911. We're going to get the 911 audio on the Citibank phone call too, in addition to the audio/visual materials from the South End and Chinatown branches that will show what a bunch of liars these people really are.

Here is the Boston Globe feature on President Barack Obama's efforts to quell the ongoing issues pertaining to Professor Gates' wrongful arrest, in my opinion, in which Gates was wrong initially not to provide his identification and the officer was wrong to subsequently arrest him after he did provide the requisite identification.

The President is going to have a beer with Officer Crowley, well Derrick Gillenwater and I want to have a beer with Charles Ogletree and the President of Citibank, Northeast.

Derrick Gillenwater, however, was not wrong at any point in time in his trials and tribulations, but he got all of his vital First Amendment and other Procedural and Substantive Due Process rights taken away recently, and received disparate treatment at the hands of Citibank -- the same bank Barack Obama sued for racial discrimination on prior occasion when he was a "smart, innovate and relentless" Civil Rights Attorney.

See generally and the Harvard Law School's Citizen Media Project.

Unlike Charles Ogletree or Henry Louis Gates, Derrick Gillenwater is not a Professor of Law or African studies at Harvard, but he is a professor of music in the school of hard knocks.

He’s ambitious, hard-working and talented, and helped raise a daughter celebrated at the U.S. Moakely District Courthouse for her philanthropic contributions in the World of medicine. I should know; I was there to see it last March, and that information is online, I have my Medical Foundation coffee mugs and whatnot.

But Derrick Gillenwater’s underlying case(wrongful Fourth Amendment search and entry/fabrication of evidence/ineffective assistance of counsel/legal malpractice case against high-powered lawyers with Harvard connections with attendant vitiation of all First Amendment and Procedural and substantive Rights in his court case/Related ACLU/Proskauer-Rose High Court filings) languished after he brought it to Professor Ogletree’s concern. It took Boston Bob to make his plight visible on blogs to get him a modicum of Justice and a somewhat reasonable settlement.

And Mr. Gillenwater’s subsequent issues and pending filing against Citibank – sued for racial discrimination on prior occasion by President Barack Obama no less – have caught no ear with Professor Ogletree or President Obama in spite of the fact that information has been sent in their direction and in fact Mr. Gillenwater personally approached Mr. Ogletree during his underlying case. Councilor Chuck Turner helped out, as did Attorney James Dilday in getting the initial Court Order holding that Gillenwater was a victim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. However, President Obama and Professor Ogletree and Professor Gates should be vigorously investigating right now how it came to pass that:

a) The bank refused to cash Derrick Gillenwater’s check despite the fact that he was a holder in due course with full and proper identification as previously agreed upon by the Chinatown branch manager;

b) The bank refused to allow his black male friend to open an account for deposit of said check, while allowing his white girlfriend the same privilege.

c) The bank threatened to arrest said black male friend after he showed the bank manager a printout regarding Your Style v. Midtown Bank of Chicago, 501 N.E. 2nd 805 (1986). The bank of course tried to say that the black male friend was a threatening and dangerous black man, same old same old.

Meanwhile Citibank, by and through a lying attorney Benjamim Velella, flaunts a bank video in our faces while refusing to release it under an agreed-upon protective order. We will file our MCAD complaint and get that video, which of course should be maintained as we have already warned the bank about spoliation of evidence.

At the suggestion of someone who does bank consulting and advertising, we are personally inviting the regional bank manager to lunch at the top of the Pru to talk about this before we dig our heels in because the President needs to be aware of what really happened at these branches, and of the fact that his corporate attorney is a liar who will leave the bank subject to public scorn and ridicule when we are finished.

Professor Charles Ogletree, hand delivery.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, hand delivery.


  1. Update:

    Delivered message to Cathy Holden at Corporate Legal, 8:56 a.m.

    Also, Derrick is in studio right now finishing up a lot of progressive new material, some of it focused on this very situation.


  2. Not that it should matter, but I'm certain my salary is higher than the median or average customer at Citibank, and I'm certain that I did nothing inappropriate or illegal or profane prior to being denied the right to open an account there.

    It all comes down to the fact that they didn't like me -- especially as a confident black man -- calling them out on the wrongful dishonor.

    It's All. On. Video.