...there were, admittedly, two photos I'm not publishing in this sequence: 1 photo of a black file cabinet, and 1 photo of the messy desk where a JACC computer had been sitting which was (and still is) missing. Those photos have been published before on this blog. In fact, I've even used these images as stock photos. They add nothing to the press conference images and were taken before the conference began. But for the sake of the record: I shot two photographs of FURNITURE before the photo at the top.
Michael "Kip" Browne reading a prepared statement. He has not yet been interrupted by Al Flowers.
This image, above, was snapped right after Flowers shoved Samuels twice. I moved into this position after the shoving. I saw the whole shoving incident clearly, but NOT from this angle, rather from an angle to the right of this photo. I fully expected police to arrive because the unprovoked shoving was so clear and so many people saw it. I had my camera out because I thought more shoving might happen but in the photo above the camera was "too close to see."
Steve Jackson near Al Flowers. The head of Dokor Dejvongsa ("DD") appears in front of Al FLowers.
Al going on about something. What? He lives in Jordan? (No he doesn't) Don Samuels can be seen standing in front of Flowers, PJ Hubbard is to the left. Flowers' jacket appears darker in this photo than previous photos because the flash of my camera made the material on the jacket appear lighter. You can compare with the photo above and see it's clearly Al Flowers. The fur-lined parka is worn by Sherman Patterson, aide to Mayor Ryback.
PJ Hubbard to the left, Don Allen in the back, Al Flowers doing his wide gestures while Don Samuels stands peacefully in the front. Steve Jackson getting in the face of Don Samuels when, really, it's Al Flowers who needs the talking to. Part of "Patterson's parka" is visible to the right.
Don Samuels talking to Farheen Hakeem. You can see how calm Don is and how emotional Farheen is getting. What did Don say to Farheen? Something like: you ran for public office. You were a promising young lady. Now you associate with marginal people and with crazies. Harsh words. Farheen needed to hear those words, but it's doubtful the words will have much impact. Instead of disassociating herself from "marginal people and crazies" Farheen just drives further into the dark, disorderly streets of Crazy Town.
Farheen is really emotionally revved up in this photo. Don doesn't agree with what she's saying, but he's obviously calm. In the background, Steve Jackson talks to Al Flowers and Ben Myers is also talking to Flowers while making a hand gesture. Don Allen looks on.
Steve Jackson in the foreground, Al Flowers to the left, Kenya Weathers (previously called "Puffy Jacket guy" at the JACC board meeting where the old officers were ousted) and Ben Myers holding his nose.
After the police arrived and hauled Al Flowers outside, lots of folks ran out to see what was happening. I had my camera above my head, trying to aim and capture what was happening. This photo only got the top of PJ Hubbard's head, (foreground) and Farheen Hakeem in front of PJ. I think the guy in the black jacket is the husband of E.B. Brown.
Pointing my camera toward the door. Just beyond the door, the back of Al Flowers and the top of a police officer's shaven head are just barely visible. The women turned with her mouth open is "Bertha" something. She is a fifth ward DFL politico who lives in the Lynn Park neighborhood of North Minneapolis. The person with the black hat to the left is believed to be Al McFarlane of Insight News. To the right, you can see Megan Goodmundson pointing her camera out the door. It is believed the tall guy in the middle is Sherman Patterson, but he is no longer wearing his parka.
Al Flowers being hauled away by police. Ben Myers is proclaiming himself Al's attorney. Steve Jackson is at the side of Al Flowers. Kenya Weathers follows near. E.B. Brown's husband hands to the back.
Up close and personal with the police.
Still up close and personal. Why wasn't Al Flowers charged with a crime? Now that the trial in federal court is over, why isn't Al Flowers being charged with a crime?
Myers talks to the police. Al Flowers is off to the right near another police officer. The hand on Al Flowers doesn't appear to be Flowers' hand, but possibly that of a police officer. Blowing up the photo, I can actually see a wedding band on the hand. What did that officer tell his wife that night about his day? It's times like this I want to make a point of repeating the mantra of the forces of revitalization: GOD BLESS THE FOURTH PRECINCT.
Myers and others look on as Jackson discusses something with two police officers, while Flowers is present.
I kept waiting for the "money shot" of Flowers being handcuffed and hauled away in a squad car. It never happens.
Back inside the press conference: "DD" is talking to Browne. Slumlord Keith Reitman, unshaven as usual, is to the left. The jacket of Zack Metoyer is visible above Reitman.
Browne making a point. Alexandra and Tyrone Jaramillo are in the background. Dan Rother is over Browne's shoulder. With Flowers gone, a vital community discussion manages to finally take place. The issue of "I got four people who says you're illegal" wasn't being hidden: the press conference was held to address these very issues. The court system saw the rightness in the "New Majority" JACC position all the way. Al Flowers, with his anachronistic shouts of "Black power!" is an actual hindrance to social progress in a diverse neighborhood that--Old and New Majority--voted overwhelmingly for Obama.
In the foreground, in glasses, Anna Pratt, a freelance journalist. The woman behind Pratt may be Jules Inda, the wife of Pat Carney who took a number of photos at the JACC press conference, but identification is uncertain. Dokor Dejvongsa sits with paperwork next to notorious slumlord Keith Reitman. Zack Metoyer stands in a brown leather jacket. Batman (Flowers) is being assailed by his enemies, why isn't Robin (Metoyer) out there helping?
Lisa Mitchell of the Hawthorne Neighborhood sits next to Barb Johnson, City Council president. In the back, in red, is Georgianna Yantos.
Now I'm back outside again wondering if Flowers is going to be arrested, finally. Flowers looks very unhappy about something Ben Myers is saying.
Back inside, people manage to have a question-and-answer session. The events of the press conference wind down. Even the assault might very well have been forgiven and forgotten, but then Al Flowers had to sue the man he shoved. The question still hangs in the air: where are the logical consequences for this outrageous behavior?