Monday, March 19, 2007

"I'm a social worker. I've just lost my job."

I don't quite understand. Social worker Liz Johnson was in court representing Harry Bees, 17, and Aaron Dennis, 19 - members of a gang who 'conducted a terrifying campaign of robbery and gratuitous violence - the self-styled Kensal Green Tribe rampaged through Tube trains like a "pack of animals".Some victims were stabbed while others where overwhelmed by a mob-handed barrage of punches and kicks as iPods, mobile phones, watches and cash was snatched.One woman, held up at gun point, was even threatened with rape when she initially refused to hand over her valuables.'

Two of the gang were eventually convicted of murdering Tom ap Rhys Price.

Not nice people. So if she doesn't like violent thugs why's she representing them ? I suppose it's one way to resign.

A sacked social worker had to be dragged screaming from a court after a foul-mouthed tirade at a judge about gang culture today.

Two members of an armed gang of hooded thugs that included the killers of Tom ap Rhys Price were been jailed for a minimum of five years each.

The woman, named unofficially as Liz Johnson and said to have been the social worker for defendants Harry Bees, 17, and Aaron Dennis, 19, was detained under the Mental Health Act.

As pandemonium overtook the court, she was surrounded by around ten officials and lawyers trying to calm her, but she shouted ever louder. She said: "My children. F*** the lot of you. For every black child who is shot dead in their bed by gangs... you will f****** listen to me.

"You will have to f****** kill me to get me off this stand."
There were then heckles from the public gallery as people shouted 'get her out of here', and in moments dozens of people were yelling at the same time.


Hmmm. At least she takes an interest.


UPDATE - ah. As ever, the very wonderful Lifestyle Extra has the full story. Sounds like a white liberal colliding heavily with reality.

The blonde white woman in her thirties, dressed all in black, with knee high boots, made several references to the spate of black teenagers murdered in recent weeks, including Michael Dosunmu, 15, shot in his bed in Peckham last month, and Kodjo Yenga, 16, stabbed in Hammersmith last Wednesday.

She yelled at the judge: "I'm a social worker. I've just lost my job."

As police and court officials rushed to restrain her, she shouted: "I don't care if I f***** get arrested.

"That boy that was lying on the floor dying... they stabbed him to death.

"Do you know just what they were shouting? 'Kill him, kill him'."


As worried officials begged her to stop, she said: "I've already got the sack."

The judge remained in his seat as she harangued him, and tried to calm her as she became more and more hysterical, but what he said could not be heard above her screams.

As pandemonium overtook the court, she was surrounded by around ten officials and lawyers trying to calm her, but she shouted ever louder.

She said: "My children. F*** the lot of you.

"For every black child who is shot dead in their bed by gangs... you will f****** listen to me.

"You will have to f****** kill me to get me off this stand."

There were then heckles from the public gallery as people shouted 'get her out of here', and in moments dozens of people were yelling at the same time.

The woman again screamed: "You will hear me."

The judge replied calmly: "I have heard you."

But she shouted back: "You are going to hear me."

She then turned to some of those trying to restrain her, shouting "get away from me. Get back. Don't f****** touch me", then yelled at the judge "you're not listening to me at all".

At this point Judge Blacksell turned to address the noisy hecklers in the public gallery, saying: "Will you be quiet. This doesn't help me. Will you please be quiet in the public gallery."

When they ignored him, he snapped: "Just what is wrong with you? I have enough difficulty hearing without you joining in."

The woman screamed: "They are angry because children are being killed in their f****** beds."

She was then finally dragged off struggling seriously, and screaming, apparently at the people at the back of the court, "stand up for every f****** black kid that's got shot... for every kid jailed in America."

As she was dragged past a number of black spectators in the public gallery, thought to be relatives of the defendants, she yelled at them "you bastards, you've let your f****** black people down".


Poor girl. All that horror, only America to take it out on, and not all black people are as noble - or as grateful - as she'd like them to be. That kind of shattered image can do strange things. She'll probably be posting on Stormfront by next week - after all, she's got the black clothes and the boots.


UPDATE - she may think she's been sacked, but her employers love her to bits.

She was in court as the social worker responsible for two teenage members of a gang that robbed and terrorised commuters on the London Underground. Another two members of the gang had already been found guilty of murdering Tom ap Rhys Pryce last year.

The teenagers had been living at a children's home run by Harrow social services when they committed the robberies.

Aaron 'Redrat' Dennis, 19, had a London Underground map on the wall of his room on which he had marked stations where victims could be found. He was jailed indefinitely yesterday with a minimum of five years after admitting conspiracy to rob and grievous bodily harm. Johnson's other client, Harry Bees, 17, was convicted of conspiracy to rob, various wounding and GBH charges. He will be sentenced today.

The council issued a statement: "Harrow Council will support all employees involved in this difficult and stressful case, including the social worker involved in yesterday's incident in Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.

"It is not the council's policy to discuss individual employees, but on this occasion we would like to stress that the employee involved in the court incident has not been dismissed and nor is she subject to any disciplinary or other procedures. In fact she is highly regarded as an exemplary employee and the council will do all it can to help and support her in this difficult period."



Nineteen and still in a children's home ? Used as a base for crime sprees ? With a 'good mugging guide' on his bedroom wall ? Did anyone - like his social worker - wonder where the money and goods came from ?

Ms Johnson's affliction is catching.

Bees lashed out and had to be bundled out of the dock by three security guards as he screamed: "I can't handle this s--t man, get me out of here man."

Five years each. We'll be hearing from them again I'm sure.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

For every black child who is shot...by another black 'child'.

Somehow I suspect she feels this is societys fault, or even our fault. And it is but not in quite in the way she means.

A sacked social worker, I didnt realise those words could live together in the same sentence.

verity said...

Who cares? Another opening; another show.

Scarey, though,that with such a limited vocabulary - around eight or ten words - she was a social worker.

David B. Wildgoose said...

It makes you wonder just how deranged you have to be before you're not considered fit to be a social worker.

Meanwhile, these are the same people who insist on police checks on people like me when volunteering to help out with the Scout Movement and similar.

Steve said...

Hey, Laban, why have you booted Pub Philosopher off your blogroll?

Was it something I said?

mister scruff said...

that has to be the most bizarre thing i've read on here.

what cloud cuckoo land do you need to inhabit to be a "social worker"?

and what the hell is a "social worker" exactly?

love the "blame America" angle - the BBC seems to have infected the minds of an entire generation.

Anonymous said...

One of the comments on the last link states "I know Liz Johnson and she was passionate about the young people she looked after in her care. She is in a mixed race marriage, so she does have some knowledge of the black community. It is a shame this has happened. She has very obviously taken this very personally and has suffered the worst kind of public breakdown as a result. "

Obviously this would need to be independently verified, but if true it reinforces Laban's view that she thinks she has some kind of insight into the black condition and it's solution.

Just like Victorian philanthropists in fact.

Umbongo said...

Perhaps this idiot
will offer Liz Johnson a job. After all they're both in denial

Anonymous said...

Her ladyship is right, its become our problem. Im sure we could deal with it effectively. Just not in a way she would like.

Ill throw a few key words in for the Baroness. Immigration (zero). Deportation. Prison. Capital punishment.

Anonymous said...

Sacked!! I thought Social Workers had tenure.

Anonymous said...

Five years minimum (we'll see). No mention of Ms Johnson.

Bodkin said...

"Sounds like a white liberal colliding heavily with reality...
She'll probably be posting on Stormfront by next week..."

There is something quite fantastic about this story. I keep coming back to it, trying to imagine the events, thoughts and feelings that lead up to her extraordinary breakdown.

It seems to vividly capture the bullshit and insanity of our times.

I can imagine this being in a sort of anglicised Tom Wolfe type novel.

It would make great Telly.

Clankylad said...

There'll be an adulatory profile of her in 'Community Care' I expect. Her managers will be blamed.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story. She probably spent too many years reading the Guardian, Socialist Worker, and watching Channel 4 news.

The comments on the BBC Have Your Say 'What are your concerns over latest teenage killings?' make for interesting reading.

PS She'll probably enjoy being detained as the group she cares for so passionately are six [times] more likely to be locked up under mental health laws, forcibly restrained and over medicated.

Guardian apostate said...

I wonder if this problem of, predominantly, black street gangs will be dealt with in a similar manner to the problem of football hooligans a few years back? Undercover police operations, officers with video cameras both overtly on foot and covertly in unmarked vehicles, a zero tolerance, no nonsense, approach to the slightest misdemeanour in or around the ground and all followed by well publicised dawn raids resulting in, predominantly, white males having their pictures plastered across the local papers. I somehow doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Re: the Black mental health crisis:GANGA GANGA GANGA

Anonymous said...

probably a lesbian

No Good Boyo said...

"dressed all in black, with knee high boots."

Any chance of a photo?

Martin said...

Anon 1:58 AM

Cannabis abuse might partially explain why the schizophrenia rate amongst Briish blacks is seven times that amongst whites; however a more likely answer is lack of Vitamin D.

Anonymous said...

Martin, why would Black people suffer from a lack of vitamin D?

British National Party member said...

Martin, why would Black people suffer from a lack of vitamin D?

Because of slavery, obviously.

Bernard said...

Vitamin D, sunlight.
Go back to sunnier climes or drink gallons of codliver oil.

Anonymous said...

Isn't too much codliver oil dangerous because of the vitamin a in it.

Anonymous said...

"...Because of slavery, obviously..."

ROTFL

"...I can imagine this being in a sort of anglicised Tom Wolfe type novel.
It would make great Telly..."


If they made a film about the victims, the gang and the social worker they could call it:
'The Good, The Bad, and the Mad'

If Channel made a docu-drama about the social worker they could call it:
'From Loony Left to Loony Bin'

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elizabeth johnson said...

IA AM ELIZABETH JOHNSON, SIMPLE, WALK IN MY SHOES AND THEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CRITISIZE. NOT A LESBIAN, HATE POLITICAL, CORRECTNESS BULLSHIT, AM WHITE, AM MARRIED TO A BLACK MAN. MY MIXED RACE SON WAS ALMOST BEATEN TO DEATH BY 15 BLACK BOYS SO KNOW WHAT SUFFERING DUE TO GANGS IS LIKE. THOSE BOYS DESERVED 10 YEARS, NEVER SAID OTHERWISE. 18 MONTH BURN OUT RATE, LONDON, CHILD PROTECTION. I DID 3 YEARS AND 3 YEARS WITH TEENAGERS INVOLVED IN GANGS, THE GANG IS THEIR FAMILY. ADULTS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS SHIT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IT, THEY DO, ALL THE YOUTH LIVE IN FEAR OF THESE VIOLENT KIDS. MORE POLICE PON STREETS. NOW. LEGALISE DRUGS, TAKE OUT THE DEALER, ONLT WAY. RESIGNED, WRITING NOW, DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T READ IT THEN, HELL YOU'D BE SW3EARING AFTER 6 YEARS ON THE FRONTLINE. GO TO HELL, YOU KNOW NOTHING.
ELIZABETH JOHNSON