Skip to comments.Son of woman killed by deputy speaks (Texas)
Posted on 02/18/2014 8:35:45 PM PST by Altariel
Son of woman killed by deputy speaks
by ASHLEY GOUDEAU and HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News Bio | Email | Follow: @HeatherK_KVUE
Posted on February 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM
Updated today at 10:12 AM
Still unknown if woman killed by Bastrop deputy was armed Sheriff's office won't release 911 calls, video in officer-involved shooting
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas -- A modest house in Bastrop is now missing the person who made it home, Yvette Smith.
"She was strong hearted, you know," said Anthony Bell, speaking of his mother. "Loving and caring, would do anything for her children. She worked three jobs if she had to. If you needed anything, she was willing to give you whatever she had."
Just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Bastrop County sheriffs were called to a home on Zimmerman Avenue. The caller said two men, who KVUE News has learned are father and son, were fighting over a gun.
When deputies arrived, one of the men was outside. The other was inside. Smith came to the door and was shot by 28-year-old Deputy Daniel Willis. She was taken to the hospital, where she died.
Initially, investigators said Smith had a gun and didn't follow the deputy's commands. Hours later, they retracted that statement saying they don't know if Smith had a gun.
The home owner and neighbors said she did not.
"This is a big tragedy for everybody, because, I mean, we feel unsafe now. I mean, an officer shot somebody without the person being armed," said neighbor Joe Martinez. "It just hurts, because now you can't trust an officer here."
The Texas Rangers and Bastrop County Sheriff's Office are investigating the shooting.
(Excerpt) Read more at kvue.com ...
Investigators revealing facts to the media, when they had no facts?
No bias here....
What will be interesting is what made them change their minds?
at times you understand why blacks don’t call the police...
Hopefully we’ll find out in due course.
It seems answering your front door is now “suspicious” and “threatening” behavior.
Probably screening the video.
I disagree with half of your tagline. I agree that everyone should pay taxes. However, I do believe that some progression should be built into the tax brackets.
Thar's all. She just came to the door.
No. No progression. A 9% tax on every dollar earned. No exemptions. No deductions. No surcharges. It is not onerous and will surely raise more money than the present system because it would be utterly predictable and is not onerous. The more money part is its drawback. It will give the government more and more money.
And we all know what happened at that door, we were all there.
How fascinating that the officers lying about the gun doesn’t faze you, yet without evidence, you suggest you believe she may have deserved to be shot.
Why are you willing to defend known liars?
You totally misread my comment.
I disagree with that.
When I was in the seventh grade I wrote an essay in my civics class promoting a flat rate income tax. I think I said about 12 or 13 percent. I got an “A” from my favorite teacher, J.B. Childs. For perspective, that was a long time ago, in the 50’s, when we still had 90% top tax rates, if I remember correctly.
Today, when I see the salaries paid to actors, corporate executives, sports figures, and recently even public school administrators and compare them to the entry level pay of places like Walmart, there is a disparity that is way too large. That’s why I believe in a very moderate progessive rate, but certainly not to approach 90%. Maybe 40%. On the other end, the current situation of half of the population paying zero, or even receiving a refund when paying nothing is wrong. All should pay some tax.
When the government judges what is appropriate income then it will judge and rearrange eventually all income, not to make it equal but to own and control all income and assets. That is what we are getting right now with obamacare. Is that Hollywood star’s income hurting your situation? Is this really a zero sum economy? How is your life enhanced by taking his for the government to use? Do you base your own self estimation against a movie or sports star’s income relative to yours?
Including the local taxpayers, who will, in the end, foot the multimillion dollar settlement.
These tragedies never affect the LEOs in any way that really, REALLY hurts.
These bums ought to end up paying personally, out of their salary and pensions, and ought to spend time in the slammer for negligent manslaughter.
Why progression in taxes? Progressive tax is a plank in the communist manifesto.
Another one on about “income inequality”
Income, race, height, weight, IQ, age, genetic makeup,... all of those and more need more of 0bama’s laser like focus on being equalized. I don’t know why we keep fighting it.
There are a lot of questions one would ask about this. Did they talk to the one man who was outside? Obviously if one of the men is outside and one inside they are not fighting at that time, right?
Is the woman the person who called the cops? And when they arrive and she goes to let them in they shot her dead?
Were they going to shoot whoever opened the door?
This is really quite a story.
I work hard long hours and fall into the 39.5% tax bracket, and that’s fair? the harder and longer I work, I am to be punished?
Flat tax is the only thing I’d ever agree to, and no more than 10%.
If you think that it’s OK for a person making over $100,000 or $150,000 to pay the same rate as a person making less than $40,000 or even $30,000, that is your right, but I completely disagree. I do believe that there should be reasonable limits on the top rate, an everyone should have to pay something. I also believe that food stamps and other welfare benefits should be taxable. When the progressive rate becomes redistribution, then it has gone too far.
On the 9% flat tax...
Simple analysis yields a tax rate of 17% to cover current federal spending, not including the trillion dollar “stimulus” or reductions of national debt. A flat rate tax would have to be at least twice your 9% stated rate. Times have changed remarkably since Steve Forbes put forth his flat rate plan.
Simple analysys of the economy as with taxes they way that taxes are. An absolute 9% flat rate will generate new economic activity such that the government will take increasingly more. The government will not, however get an increasing percentage. That will aggravate the left to no end. Currently black market income will surface. We don’t think of “black market” in the context of the USA but it exists and is not tiny. Couple a 9% rate , ether of total personal income (my preference) or of personal, interest, corporate income and capital gains etc. with elimination of government interference in the economy (including all forms ofgovernment welfare and charity) and what is left is economic advance way beyond anything to date. Add in government recognition of the Judaeo Christian basis of the nation and we will have heavily trafficked resorts on Mars in a generation.
Or the witnesses saying just the opposite...
You mean "Her own door" right?
1. Tell me how is it possible it's "Still unknown if woman shot to death by Bastrop deputy was armed"?
2. Why did the cops initially state she was armed, and then retract that statement? How in tarnation does work?
Shoot first, CYA later.
Federal spending as a percent of GDP was over 22% last year. Your figure of 9% isn’t even in the ball park. You might be able to start at 18% and gradually drop the rate if, and when, the GDP grows. The real problem is the inability to freeze federal spending.
I don’t agree.
You argue with yourself. Progressive tax is for two purposes. To redistribute wealth and punish success. Wealth is not finite. If you make a million and I don’t it’s not your income stopping me. We’re doing something different from each other. When I was starting out I barely survived. Now I thrive. But I now pay a higher % in taxes before I spend a dime. If you think that’s right. Vote liberal or RINO. I am being punished for success by you.
You want to keep the government huge with that 22% figure. At 9% it will grow much faster because the economy will grow much faster. Far more money will be subject to that 9% than is subject to tax rates of any kind presently. And flat 9% won’t have to pay for a very expensive IRS. I hate it when people who seem to believe they are conservatives accept the government as it is and on top of that can’t see beyond static analysis.
Correct. Same her.
Apparently they didn’t have a dog.
Attorneys love it when police make inconsistent statements.
Seems very possible the people down there will paying big due to another bad shoot..
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