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  • Azealia Banks – Outrageous Racist or Magickal Vigilante?

    01/21/2015 7:09:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Voodoo Universe Blog ^ | January 20, 2015 | Lilith Dorsey
    A week ago most people had never come across rapper Azealia Banks. She flew onto everyone’s radar on Saturday with just one tweet. It was as follows- And time to put death spells on cops who kill innocent civilians and think they can get away with it….. OKURRRRRR?!Immediately people began to respond on twitter with calls to the ancient magicks and the ancestors. People called Azealia a racist, and some Wiccans even chimed in with the three fold law. If there were any Pagans out there that thought they didn’t have “a nickel in this quarter,” they must admit they...
  • The Tueller Drill Scenario

    01/20/2015 2:15:16 PM PST · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/20/2015 | J Hines
    This is an old subject but its worth taking a look at, yeh Gun vs Knife. We all know having a gun will most likely win in most cases. But, what about having your handgun holstered in cover concealed wear?, and you have a person charging you with a knife, could you get that pistol out quickly enough? Watch this on video to give you an idea of what can happen. This drill is also known as "Tueller Drill".
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people’s homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • King Holiday Events Include Air of Protest Over Deaths of Black Men (Gentle Giant, Trayvon & Eric)

    01/19/2015 1:50:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Michael Paulson
    After a year of unrest over how the justice system responded to the deaths of several unarmed African-American men, many people marking Martin Luther King’s Birthday on Monday were more rueful than celebratory. Some marchers in a small city in northern Alabama wore black shirts with the names of three of the men in white print: Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. Two died in confrontations with police officers, and one with a neighborhood watch coordinator. In an acknowledgment of the complexity of the issue, the shirts also bore the names of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the two...
  • Protect The Child

    01/17/2015 5:06:49 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/17/15 | Kelly Burke
    What does it take to protect a child from a crazy parent? Seriously, when is enough enough? In Tampa, Florida, a deranged father threw his beautiful, loving, precious 5 year old daughter off a bridge, in front of an officer. Tragic? Yes. Preventable? I say yes in this case. The government had lots of warning signs and took no action. i contend it is because citizens and law enforcement officers (LEOs), are too often afraid of legal reprisals, but that is a false fear.Here's all that the government knew, or could have easily known, which happened in the 24 hours...
  • Judge rules Rocky Ford Police Officer James Ashby will stand trial for murder in shooting death

    01/15/2015 6:04:12 PM PST · by TankerKC · 22 replies
    Denver news 7 ^ | 1/15/2015 01:22:19 PM MST | Jesse Paul
    LA JUNTA, Colo. - A judge ruled Thursday that there is probable cause for Rocky Ford Police Officer James Ashby to stand trial for second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a 27-year-old man. Ashby will be arraigned on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in La Junta. He is currently free on $150,000 bond. Ashby is accused of killing Jack Jacquez, Jr. on Oct. 12, 2014. Relatives say Ashby followed Jacquez to his home and shot him in the back after a struggle over a skateboard on Oct. 12. Authorities had not released the circumstances surrounding the shooting and...
  • De Blasio is leading this city into ruin by not having cops’ back

    01/11/2015 11:47:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Dec. 23 marked a banner day in the Peyser/Phillips household. My daughter, Eliza Phillips, turned Sweet 16. This was an excuse for her parents to enjoy mountains of cake (and a few nips of Scotch.) But it also brought us a sense of extreme anxiety. For soon my kid will choose a career. But like millions of parents, infamously including Mayor de Blasio, this seemed as good a time as any for me to sit my child down and give her “the talk.’’ I warned her — Do not join law enforcement. This makes me sad. Just as de Blasio...
  • Cops and soldiers, and why they’re different

    01/11/2015 10:18:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The War Room ^ | January 10, 2015 | Tom Nichols
    There’s 35,000 of them, but they’re not an army. So, it’s a new year, and we’re already hip-deep in horrors. I can’t even begin to write about the Charlie Hebdo massacre; I’m not an expert on terrorism or on France, and in general I agree with Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor, who’s made a good point recently on Twitter that there are too many of these “what’s it all mean” pieces and all far too soon. Instead, I want to go back to one of the stories we were all arguing about before the Paris massacre: the tension...
  • Buddhist monks lead ceremony for slain cop as thousands of officers turn their backs on de Blasio

    01/04/2015 11:17:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Thousands of police officers are paying their respect to a New York Police Department officer shot to death along with his partner as mourners converge from around the country Sunday for a second funeral that stands to test tensions between the city's mayor and police. Buddhist monks led a Chinese ceremony for Officer Wenjian Liu, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain. Liu, 32, had served as a policeman for seven years and was married just two months when he was killed with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, on Dec. 20. Despite commissioner Bratton's warning...
  • 10 Rational Fears Many Black People Have Living Under White Supremacy (NOT Satire)

    01/02/2015 7:24:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 2, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    For Black people in the U.S. and around the world, there are devastating wages to be paid for living in a world dominated by white supremacy. There are also many painful realizations that you must face, rational fears that you will likely possess at some point in your life. Here are some of them: That You Will Be Unjustly Charged by the Police There are more than 2.3 million people currently in prison in the United States — and more than 840,000 of them are African-American men. The life blood of the criminal industrial complex is the plea bargain, which...
  • Bodies found in truck after West Virginia officers wounded in traffic stop (Elderly couple)

    01/02/2015 5:48:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kevin Conlon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Two West Virginia officers were shot and wounded Thursday in a traffic stop on Interstate 64 that led to the discovery of two bodies. According to State Police Lt. Michael Baylous, two police officers from the town of Lewisburg pulled over a white Chevrolet SUV with North Carolina plates after learning it had been reported stolen. As the officers were conducting the traffic stop, a red Chevrolet truck pulled alongside them and the driver "pulled a handgun and shot at both officers," Baylous said. The drivers of both Chevrolets then fled: the red truck "went over the hillside and was...
  • Authorities: Man shot, killed by Missoula police officer was strangling girlfriend

    01/01/2015 4:14:07 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Independent Record ^ | Jan 1, 2015 | KATHRYN HAAKE
    Authorities: Man shot, killed by Missoula police officer was strangling girlfriend 22 hours ago • KATHRYN HAAKE Missoulian MISSOULA -- The Missoula man who was killed by a city police officer Wednesday morning was allegedly strangling his girlfriend in the car before the officer fired the lethal shot. Authorities haven't released the names of the officer or the deceased man. Police initially responded to a 9-1-1 domestic disturbance call at a Missoula home involving two women and the 20-year-old man. The time was 2:04 a.m. The man fled the scene, taking his girlfriend hostage, Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Paige Pavalone...
  • City Police Officer assaulted (West Virginia)

    01/01/2015 10:50:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Williamson Daily News ^ | December 31, 2014 | Lil Felix
    Nelson Richard Hall WILLIAMSON - With blue lights and sirens blaring the driver of a PT Cruiser with Florida tags drove a half of a mile before pulling over for City police. Williamson Police Officer J. D. Tincher was attempting to stop the vehicle for crossing the center line and having a brake light out. Upon approaching the vehicle and making contact with the driver the officer observed him to have slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver was later identified as Nelson Richard Hall, 24 of Lenore. Hall immediately began refusing commands...
  • Fox’s Jesse Watters: If Police Were Racist, They Would Just Let Black People Kill Each Other

    01/01/2015 2:36:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 30, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    A discussion of Fox News’ The Five Tuesday afternoon surrounding the ongoing tension between New York City Mayor Bill be Blasio and local police unions following the murder of two NYPD officers last week led co-host Jesse Watters to a seriously hyperbolic declaration about the idea that police could be seen as racist. The Five hosts Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle were discussing what they see as a lack of “respect” for NYPD officers from Mayor de Blasio and other officials where Watters jumped in with his assessment. “Everyone is saying that the NYPD is racist,” Watters said. “If the...
  • Cold war between NYPD cops, de Blasio takes to skies over the Hudson

    12/26/2014 11:50:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Celeste Katz
    Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the airborne message 'want to remain anonymous.'The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday. A plane trailing a banner reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU" flew over the Hudson River in a show of disdain for the mayor after two officers were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn last Saturday. Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the message "want to remain...
  • It’s the lawlessness

    12/25/2014 7:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 25, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    <p>Marchers take over the Brooklyn Bridge in protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio’s call, apparently unheeded, for protesters to stand down until after the funerals for Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu was meant to give a city torn apart by their barbarous double murder some time to come together and heal.</p>
  • FBI busts Colorado veteran for making violent threats online against police officers: report

    12/24/2014 10:57:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Adam Edelman
    In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name 'Vets Hunting Cops,' threatened violence against a variety of politicians, celebrities and police officers, the Smoking Gun reported Wednesday. 'Join us and kill any cop or any retired cop !!!!!!!' he wrote.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)An unstable Colorado military veteran was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly posted retaliatory threats online against police officers in return for no charges being filed against the cops who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In a series of comments written on YouTube earlier this month, Jeremiah Perez, under the name...
  • StL County Police Attorney: Berkeley Shooting May Have Been a SET-UP TO KILL COPS

    12/24/2014 9:50:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    18 year-old Antonio Martin had a criminal record, with charges including three assaults, armed robbery, armed criminal action and multiple uses of weapons… since he was 17. On Tuesday night Antonio Martin drew a gun from his pocket and pointed it at police. He was shot dead by the officer. The attorney for the Berkeley police officer said this bizarre scenario may have been a set-up at the store to kill police. ** Antonio Martin and his companion stole from the store before the shooting. Attorney Brian Millikensays it may have been a set-up. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported: “This...
  • 3 things cops can take away from the NYPD ambush

    12/24/2014 9:30:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Police One ^ | December 24, 2014 | Lieutenant Colonel Paul C. Wood
    There are no “low-risk” assignments when you’re on duty, just a bunch of “unknown risk” assignments.In the days to come, we’ll learn more about the cowardly ambush killings of two NYPD officers and will be able to analyze it in detail for lessons learned, but until then I want to discuss a few initial thoughts prompted by these senseless murders — not accusations about the incident but rather some officer safety issues that need to be readdressed. Please be assured that I am not making any accusations about the fallen officers here — I’m only saying that the situation has...
  • Protesters Near Ferguson Injure Cops with Bricks, Explosives After Officer Kills Armed 18-Yr-Old

    12/24/2014 8:52:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 24, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)After a police officer who was “fearing for his life” shot and killed an 18-year-old who was brandishing a pistol at him on Tuesday evening, protesters reportedly brought bags of rocks, smashed police cars, hurled explosives and bricks at and assaulted police officers on the scene. According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report, “between 200 and 300 protesters gathered at the scene after the shooting, and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters” in Berkeley, Missouri, which is two miles from Ferguson. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins (D) said on Wednesday morning that the police officer probably saved his own live...
  • JetBlue offers to fly police to NYPD funeral

    12/24/2014 4:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Rooney
    JetBlue (JBLU) is offering to fly two police officers from each department on its route around the country to New York for the funerals of two NYPD officers killed last weekend. The New York-based airline is also working with its partners to have family members of one of the slain officers, Wenjian Liu, flown in from overseas. Liu and a second NYPD officer, Rafael Ramos, were sitting in their patrol car when they were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a Georgia man with a long criminal record. Ramos's funeral is being held on Dec. 27, whereas Liu's funeral hasn't...
  • LAPD Investigating Song Mocking Michael Brown

    12/24/2014 9:06:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 41 replies
    nbclosangeles.com ^ | Dec. 24, 2014 | City News Service and Gadi Schwartz
    Someone in a party was heard in a recording making fun of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by Ferguson police Officer Darren WilsonLos Angeles police said Tuesday they are conducting a preliminary investigation into a party apparently hosted by a retired officer that included a parody song mocking Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. A video of the song, which was sung during a Dec. 15 party at the Elks Lodge in Glendale, was obtained by the website TMZ.com.
  • Gang Threatens to 'Shoot It Out' At NYPD Station Houses

    12/24/2014 9:55:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Lea Gabrielle reported on "Fox and Friends" this morning that a New York gang has allegedly threatened to "shoot it out" at two police precincts near where NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered. Gabrielle reported that security has been beefed up at both locations. SBA @SBANYPD Important info re credible attack from a CI: Black Guerilla Family to storm the 079/081 Pct Station Houses & shoot it out with MOS. 9:23 PM - 23 Dec 2014 26 Retweets 3 favorites PIX11 News reported: Police are on high alert after receiving “credible” threats targeting two of their Brooklyn...
  • Obama community policing effort falls short as funds mishandled, diverted

    12/23/2014 5:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    Federal cash for Justice Department’s COPS program used for drones.President Obama has used the Ferguson and NYPD controversies to campaign for increased community policing tactics. But on his watch, federal funding for such initiatives has plummeted and money has been mishandled or diverted to such things as drones that have done little to further the cause, a Washington Times review of federal documents shows. The declining reach of the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is laid bare by the results of its 2014 efforts: it managed to spend only $124 million to fund 944 community policing officers...
  • Mike Rowe’s Gut Check on Ferguson-NYPD Deaths is the Tough Love All Americans Need to Hear

    12/23/2014 2:22:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Chris Enloe
    Mike Rowe is again going viral, this time after he candidly answered a fan’s question about the events surrounding Ferguson aftermath and the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson. The question from his Facebook wall reads: Hello Mr. Mike Rowe. I’m a big fan and also happen to work in the lower Haight as well as live in Alameda. I have to ask with everything that is going on in Ferguson, how do you feel about the protests in SF as well as the looting/rioting in downtown Oakland? While lengthy, Mike’s response eloquently answers not only the question posed, but also...
  • Gallup: Americans Consistently Rate Honesty, Ethics of Police Higher Than Elected Officials

    12/23/2014 10:30:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 23, 2014 - 12:36 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A series of national surveys conducted periodically by Gallup since the 1970s indicate that Americans have consistently rated the honesty and ethical standards of police officers higher than local officeholders, state officeholders, governors, and members of Congress. In fact, according to historical data Gallup has posted online, in none of these surveys has any group of elected officeholders ever been rated higher than police officers for their honesty and ethical standards. …
  • Sharpton says “no” to holding off protests until after police officers’ funerals

    12/23/2014 10:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I was somewhat encouraged this week when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a pause in the protests and quiet on the streets until after the funerals of the two slain NYPD officers. It seemed a prudent move, giving everyone a chance to pause and reflect, to allow tensions to ease a bit and just maybe allow everyone to retire with their families for Christmas. The horrific tragedy of the police officers’ assassinations might have a chance to settle in and bring everyone to a more sober realization of the need to bring the social temperatures down...
  • Athlete-activists can’t be scared silent after the murder of two NYPD officers

    12/22/2014 6:09:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Over the last month, we have seen a veritable “Sports World Spring” as athletes have spoken out on politics in a manner unseen since the 1960s. They have been inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations directed against the killing of unarmed Black men and women by police as well as the inability of the criminal justice system to deliver justice. The most remarkable part of these protests was not just their breadth nor the stature of the athletes involved, but that commissioners and coaches seemed to be allowing it and in some cases, even nodding in approval. Clearly suspending LeBron James...
  • NYPD Shooting Witnesses Reportedly Celebrated, Laughed At Death Of Slain Officers...

    12/22/2014 10:27:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | December 22, 2014
    On Saturday, Dec. 20, the fatal shooting of two New York Police Department officers caused quite a controversy among law enforcement, government officials, and pro-police groups. Of course, many Americans were flabbergasted by Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s execution-style shooting of the officers. But, unfortunately, there were actually people who found his actions commendable. According to The Daily Beast, several eyewitnesses claimed there were actually people on the scene who celebrated, laughed and mocked the death of the two fallen cops. One witness, identified as Carlos, reportedly shared details about the celebratory actions of some who witnessed the killing. “A lot of people...
  • SHAME: De Blasio Attacks NYPD Officers That Turned Their Backs on Him

    12/21/2014 4:35:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a disgusting attack on the New York Police Department officers that symbolically turned their backs on him before a press conference to address the shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Ramos and Liu were gunned down in cold blood, execution-style, by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, as retribution for the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. de Blasio infamously encouraged protests against his own police department in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers in the Garner case. “Mayor de Blasio, the blood...
  • Two More Cops Shot After Yesterday's Brutal New York "Execution"

    12/21/2014 4:29:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/21/14 | tyler durden
    Just a day after the premeditated execution of two NYPD officers in New York by a deranged, suicidal psychopath, two more police officers have been shot in America today. In St.Louis, an off-duty officer was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition while in Tarpon Springs, Florida, 45-year-old officer Charles Kondek - a 17-year-veteran and father of 5 children - was shot and killed early Sunday morning.As Fox Boston reports, Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.  The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco...
  • Wear blue to support cops

    12/21/2014 11:54:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    For months, ever since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the left has been rampaging against the police. They implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) urged violence, and maintained systemic police racism was the cause of disproportionate numbers of young black males arrested and convicted of crimes. The rest of us mostly remained silent as the men and women who wear blue as they protect us from the criminals who live among us were vilified. Now, two of them have been assassinated, and it is time to be silent no more. As a first step, wear something blue today. If...
  • ONE WEEK AGO… Protesters Chant “What Do We Want?… Dead Cops” At Sharpton’s NYC March

    12/20/2014 8:37:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    ONE WEEK AGO— Several thousand protesters marched in New York City on Saturday. The protesters were part of Al Sharpton’s “Million Marchers” protest against police violence. The protesters chanted “What do we want?… Dead cops!” as they marched in New York City. Via Breitbart.com:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Of course, the media will give this bunch a pass. After all, they’re not those violent Tea Party protesters. Gen Knoxx @GenKnoxx This image - Eric Garner's eyes - from #MillionsMarchNYC #ICantBreathe 2:28 PM - 13 Dec 2014 3,594 Retweets 2,413 favorites Today they got their wish. Two New York City Police Officers were shot dead execution...
  • Real Life: Sharpton Rally Attendees Summon the “Black Jesus” It’s “Black Solidarity Sunday” today

    12/14/2014 12:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 14, 2014 | Amy Miller
    Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the Koch brothers, establishment politicians, and the Republican party. To close the rally, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland offered one of the angriest, most divisive prayers ever uttered in public. Via the Daily Caller: Dispatch angels right now of protection around our sons from psychopathic, sociopathic police...
  • Is Racial Justice Possible in America?

    12/13/2014 9:07:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 10, 2014 | Professor David Dante Troutt, Rutgers Law School
    We need law and policing reform, but first we have to want to end state-sanctioned violence against African-Americans. As the countless protests, tear gas, National Guard deployments and looting proved, police brutality provokes more anger than other outrages because it’s the supreme violation of our individual rights in a democracy. It is the state actor, as another person, violently snatching our breath away “under color of law.” That the state’s victims throughout our history have been overwhelmingly African-American stamps it as an indelible “badge of slavery,” which means that nothing makes you feel more black in America than experiencing police...
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • We Are Not Darren Wilson: But the view from Africa kind of makes it look like we are

    12/13/2014 11:52:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Pacific Standard - The Science of Society ^ | December 12, 2014 | M. Sophia Newman
    This post was produced in partnership with Beacon Reader as part of a crowd-funded reporting project, “After Ebola Comes Hunger.” Read more about our support for this project, and pledge your support here.Two months ago, it felt like America had a serious identity conflation problem. Amid the Ebola hysteria, people confused Ebola-afflicted Africans with any other African. A Nigerian girl was barred from school out of fear of Ebola contagion; a stadium crowd taunted a juvenile soccer player from Africa by braying “Ebola, Ebola!” at him. Meanwhile, the country faced its own dark scourge—and here, the conflation of identity was...
  • An Open Letter To Parents That Love Their Children

    12/11/2014 8:51:59 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/11/14 | Ron Reale
    In our society there are laws we agree to live within. It is a societal compact, designed to prevent our exercise of freedom from interfering with the freedom of others. To that end, we have given over authority to enforce our laws to a specially trained, armed section of our society called “Law Enforcement.” As all of our citizens have the same rights, when one citizen makes a complaint about the actions of another, or when reports of citizens breaking the law are brought to their attention, LEO’s are obligated by oath and honor to protect society by investigating and...
  • In Policing Debate, Ferguson Is a Bad Example

    12/10/2014 5:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | December 10, 2014 | Larry Mendte
    I like Mike Misanelli. I could listen to him talk sports and pop culture for hours on end, and have. Mike is the afternoon host on 97.5 The Fanatic radio station and a fellow contributor to PhillyMag.com. But he is wrong in continuing to use the police shooting in Ferguson as an example of a pervasive racial bias in police departments across America. Missanelli made his case on this site last week when he chastised sports commentator and Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley because he “didn’t express outrage at the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in...
  • Philly NAACP elects new North Philly Nation of Islam leader president

    12/09/2014 10:45:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Newsworks ^ | December 9, 2014 | Holly Otterbein
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has elected a new president. Minister Rodney Muhammad has led North Philadelphia's Mosque Number 12 of the Nation of Islam for 23 years. He's moving from first vice president to president of the local NAACP chapter. In his new role, he said he would focus on bringing jobs to the city. "Traditionally, we may have stood outside of somebody's business and demanded that people of color have their fair share of jobs," he said. "But I think today we got to think a little beyond that, and think about how to sit down with...
  • Cedric Bartee, Unarmed Black Man Shot By Florida Deputy, Allegedly Had Hands Up

    12/09/2014 9:59:00 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 127 replies
    Reuters via Huffington Post ^ | 12/9/14 | Barbara Liston
    A Florida sheriff called for calm after a 28-year-old unarmed black man in a stolen car was shot and critically wounded early on Monday by a white officer, after witness reports that the man had his hands up and amid racially charged protests nationwide about police violence.
  • Missouri Congressman Calls For The Disbanding Of Ferguson Police Force

    12/08/2014 11:34:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Source ^ | December 8, 2014 | Tamara El
    The Missouri congressman who represents the city of Ferguson said the U.S. Justice Department should break up the local police department in the wake of Michael Brown’s death Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., told Reuters in an interview last Thursday that the shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by white police officer Darren Wilson, is an example of the nearly all-white department’s “oppressive” treatment of blacks. “I would hope that the Ferguson Police Department would be dissolved and the duties and responsibilities of policing Ferguson would be turned over to the St. Louis County police,” Clay said in the interview....
  • Enough of the ‘Open Season’ on Police

    12/08/2014 9:54:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | D. W. Wilber
    Among the legacy of the Obama Administration, along with a weakened and disrespected nation overseas, will be a nation afflicted with severe racial divisions here at home.Racial division and unrest encouraged and fed by Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the Obama inner circle, as well as the race hustlers and frauds like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Since August when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed in self-defense black teenager Michael Brown, and the most recent tragic accidental death during the arrest of Eric Garner in New York City, racial tensions in America have...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case Foreshadowed An Increase in Police Homicides of Minorities

    12/06/2014 11:49:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Social Work Helper ^ | December 4, 2014 | Deona Hooper
    With the recent decisions of no indictment involving the police officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and John Crawford to name a few, America could not be anymore divided in how we analyze these events through our own filters. Current poll data articulates that 65% of minorities believe there is a racial construct within our police and legal system which disproportionately affects minorities while reporting the opposite belief by White Americans at roughly the same percentage. However, I would challenge future pollsters to parse out additional data on party affiliation when polling White Americans because it...
  • Family of man in chokehold death praise protesters (Sharpton lays wreath at Garner death site)

    12/06/2014 10:49:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News Singapore / The Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2014 | Verena Dobnik
    NEW YORK (AP) — The mother and widow of an unarmed black man whose police chokehold death sparked protests across the country said Saturday they've been moved by the thousands of peaceful demonstrators who have taken to the streets after a grand jury declined to indict the white officer involved. "It is just so awesome to see how the crowds are out there," said Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, who added that she ended up stuck in her car after protests shut down traffic. "I was just so proud of that crowd," Carr said. "It just warmed my heart."(continued)
  • An “American spring” … really?

    12/06/2014 7:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The death of Eric Garner has stirred the emotions of many, as have previous such instances of conflict with law enforcement. As a result of that, government officials are already talking about reviews of existing procedures and even looking at new laws to regulate certain tactics during arrests. In a way, no matter what you may think of either Garner’s behavior or of the officer’s methods during the encounter, it could be said that the freelance cigarette salesman may wind up being an agent of change in one form or another. Unfortunately, some writers tend toward hyperbole at times, and...
  • Eric Garner Police Killing: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Retraining of Entire NYC Police Force

    12/05/2014 6:50:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | December 4, 2014 | Roberto Ontiveros
    In the wake of a Staten Island grand jury's failure to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the initiation of a retraining program for the entire New York City police force. Eric Garner died as a result of neck compression from a chokehold that is banned by the New York City Police Department. Bill de Blasio spoke on Wednesday night about the personal feelings he had tied with the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Panteleo, bringing up the painful talks he and his wife Chirlane...
  • Obama signals he’ll put muscle behind response to police killings

    12/04/2014 5:34:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | Amie Parnes and Vicki Needham
    President Obama is pledging a robust effort to ensure the criminal justice system treats all people equally regardless of color following a New York City grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Obama has already announced funding for local police training and body cameras, and he convened a meeting of civil rights leaders and law enforcement officials at the White House on Monday to address the issue. A new White House task force is looking into how local police are gaining heavy weapons and equipment for the military. During a Thursday speech,...
  • Watch This Sheriff Sum Up Ferguson In One Awesome Quote Then Go Off On Eric Holder (Video)

    12/04/2014 2:30:04 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, WASHINGTON D.C.-- Sheriff Clarke talks about Ferguson Missouri and how politicians and irresponsible group. "Irresponsible Groups Descended on Ferguson MO Like Vultures on a Roadside Carcass."
  • The Lies People Tell Themselves (Darren Wilson & Ferguson)

    12/04/2014 11:43:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Officer.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Michael Wasilewski and Althea Olson
    All lies and jest, Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest - From “The Boxer” by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel It’s the morning of Tuesday, November 25, 2014 as I write this, and I feel worn out. Frankly, this article was to be on a completely different topic, something reflecting on recent personal experiences we’ve had and how we’ve begun to think about the application of their lessons to the realm of law enforcement. But things change. Barely 12 hours ago, Althea and I watched St Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch deliver the...