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  • COLUMN: Three years post-Trayvon: What has changed?

    02/20/2015 11:07:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | February 20, 2015 | Professor Laura Finley
    On Feb. 26, 2012, supposed "Neighborhood Watchman" George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man, as Martin walked home from visiting a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. The case ignited questions about racial profiling, vigilantism and Stand Your Ground Laws. On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of both the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Despite national and even international attention to the case, one has to wonder what has really changed in the three years since the murder of Trayvon Martin. The murder of black men by police or their wannabes has not stopped. This is...
  • The SPLC Owes Me an Apology Too

    02/13/2015 8:24:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    CharismaNews.com ^ | 02/13/2015 | MICHAEL BROWN
    I'm pleased to see that the Southern Poverty Law Center has come to its senses and apologized to Dr. Ben Carson, removing him from their "extremist" list. But they need to apologize to me too, since I'm still on their list, along with a number of other Christian leaders whom they have branded anti-gay extremists. To be sure, I have considered it a badge of honor to be on the SPLC's list, actually writing an article in 2012 thanking them for placing me in their elite category of "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right." Several years ago, I...
  • Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

    02/11/2015 11:27:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 11:33 PM EST | David A. Lieb
    The mayor of Ferguson said Wednesday that he had tried in vain to urge Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in his town as people burned and looted buildings in protest of a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case. […] Nixon declared a state of emergency a week before the grand jury decision and had said the National Guard would be available to help local authorities “protect life and property” in case protests turned violent, as they did after Brown was shot Aug. 9 (Mayor James) Knowles (III) said he originally was told by St. Louis...
  • The root of black rage: A reflection on the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement

    02/07/2015 10:54:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian's The Vision Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Nikki Hardison
    Last fall was yet another defining moment in America’s long history of contentious race relations. A movement that began in the small city of Ferguson quickly awakened nationwide protests from Oakland, Calif., to Staten Island, N.Y. News broadcasts’ lust for controversy was met as shocking images of protest flooded the media. In the span of six months, any shred of hope that we had finally reached a utopian “post-racial” America was tossed aside as visuals of Ferguson protests surfaced. As protesters expressed their outrage over the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, they were met with virulent backlash and suppression from...
  • Ferguson testing device aimed at reducing fatal encounters (MO/Michael Brown)

    02/05/2015 10:30:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 6:45 PM ET | Jim Salter
    As police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson seek alternatives to the sort of lethal force that led to Michael Brown’s death, they’re testing a new device that attaches to a handgun barrel and is designed to turn a bullet into a projectile intended to stun but not kill. Mayor James Knowles III said Wednesday that a few Ferguson officers will test the device, known as the Alternative, at a shooting range Thursday. But Knowles said the department is early in the evaluation stage and the city has not decided whether to purchase the device. […] The Alternative is...
  • 3 reasons Ferguson decision not a surprise; 3 options left to Brown family

    01/28/2015 9:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)After a grand jury decided in November not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, many shifted their attention to a federal investigation into the killing. But on Wednesday, officials told CNN that federal investigators didn't find enough evidence and that Justice Department prosecutors won't recommend civil rights charges against Wilson. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has the final say in the matter, has said he will announce his decision before he leaves office, which is expected to be by the spring. The news that emerged Wednesday is likely to upset those...
  • FBI's Ferguson shooting inquiry complete; civil rights charges not expected

    01/22/2015 6:27:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/22/2015
    The FBI has completed its investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Mo., a U.S. official said Wednesday. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. But officials and experts have said such a prosecution would be highly unlikely, in part because of the extraordinarily high legal standard federal prosecutors would need to meet. The New York Times and CNN, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that Justice Department lawyers were preparing a memo recommending Wilson not be...
  • Justice Dept. Moving to Clear Ferguson Officer of Civil Rights Charges

    01/21/2015 1:28:18 PM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 21, 2015 | By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said. That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said. A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation...
  • Despite having killed a patient, “Black Lives Matter” protestors continue to block ambulances

    01/19/2015 4:48:05 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 18, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Despite having killed someone less than a month ago, “Black Lives Matter” protestors continue to block ambulances This is really despicable.Less than a month after a man died because “Black Lives Matter” protestors blocked an ambulance in Berkeley, “Black Lives Matter” protestors just blocked an ambulance in Boston.The Boston Globe reports:Protesters snarl morning commute on I-93 near BostonProtesters affiliated with the activist group Black Lives Matter carried out their most audacious and disruptive demonstration yet in the Boston area Thursday, blocking the largest highway into the city, snarling rush-hour traffic, and stopping an ambulance in its...
  • MLK marches w/Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and slain officer on cover of New Yorker

    01/18/2015 9:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Grio ^ | January 17, 2015 | Blue Telusma
    The January 26th edition of The New Yorker imagines a world where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marches arm in arm with some of the most polarizing news figures from 2014 and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The publication is known for it’s controversial covers, but this one entitled “The Dream of Reconciliation” – shows Dr. King with Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and New York City Police officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed by a gunman in December – peacefully walking with arms linked as an American flag waves in the background. Artist Barry Blitt who drew it says he...
  • Snopes confirms open letter blasting Holder is from retired FBI agent

    01/14/2015 7:21:02 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Thomas Lifson
    So, let’s get this straight. At a decisive moment in history when our nation required a strong and unbiased voice from its’ senior law enforcement official, you Mr. Holder, made it your personal mission to join with other racial antagonist and politicize a tragic event, accusing a young white police officer of a racially motivated killing in what we now know was a justified self-defense shooting of a predatory felon. Your behavior is unbelievable. You sir, have sacrificed your integrity on the altar of political expediency. You, Mr. Holder, are the “coward” and hypocrite you so loudly denounce when speaking...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case

    01/05/2015 2:38:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    90.7 FM KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio ^ | 8:49 AM Monday January 5, 2015 | Chris McDaniel
    A grand juror is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in an effort to speak out on what happened in the Darren Wilson case. Under typical circumstances, grand jurors are prohibited by law from discussing cases they were involved in. The grand juror, referred to only as “Grand Juror Doe” in the lawsuit, takes issue with how McCulloch characterized the case. McCulloch released evidence presented to the grand jury and publicly discussed the case after the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, then a Ferguson police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American. […]...
  • FERGUSON ARSONIST Was Top Speaker at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Rally in DC (Video)

    01/05/2015 10:58:02 AM PST · by maggief · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    In late December St. Louis County prosecutor’s office filed charges against 19 year-old Ferguson protester Joshua Williams for setting fire to a QuikTrip in Berkeley, Missouri. Arsonist Joshua Williams was wearing a red sweatshirt when he was filmed setting fire to the Berkeley QuikTrip. (snip) As GotNews reported, Joshua Williams spoke at Al Sharpton’s rally in Washington DC in December. Sharpton flew him to Washington for the rally… in his red sweatshirt.
  • ‘You’re Either a Cop or Little People’: The American Police State in 2014

    01/05/2015 5:13:37 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 76 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | 12/30/2014 | John Whitehead
    For those of us who have managed to survive 2014 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns. We’ve been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those...
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell vs. Al Sharpton

    01/03/2015 4:29:38 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2015 | No Attribution
    Hoover Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell responds to the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island and to statements made by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
  • Why Should The NYPD Stand Up, If Almost Nobody Else Will?

    01/04/2015 2:17:29 AM PST · by IChing · 12 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 1/2/15 | Donald Joy
    A few days ago I found myself arguing with some idiot about the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case. “Have you even looked at the mountain of eyewitness testimony and other evidence showing that Wilson acted legally, in self-defense?” I asked the nutjob. “I don’t have to. I just know Wilson lied,” was his reply. What are we supposed to do with the endless mobs of people like this? They’re smashing property, attacking and murdering random police officers and civilians, burning down buildings, storming police stations, clogging up our roads, shutting down commerce, keeping people from getting to work or home from...
  • NYPD Officer: Not Worth It to Make Arrests "if I Have a Chance of Getting My Head Blown Off"

    With reports that the NYPD is looking into as many as 63 threats against police officers, or the mayor this week alone, news also comes of a lack of motivation among the rank and file, undoubtedly contributing to a significant drop in arrest numbers across the city. “[There’s] just not motivation,” one police officer told [Vice]. “I’m not writing people summonses if I have a chance of getting my head blown off.” When asked if this was his own choice or a precinct-wide initiative, the officer added, “Seems like the entire department is on the same page.” As the New...
  • Farrakhan Urged ‘Retaliation’ For Michael Brown A Month Before Brinsley Executed NYPD Cops

    01/02/2015 8:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 2, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In late November, the student government at taxpayer-funded Morgan State University sponsored a conference on slavery reparations for black Americans. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was the keynote speaker. The Nov. 22 conference, called the 2nd Annual Black United Summit International, occurred on Morgan State’s historically black campus in Baltimore, Md. The conference theme was “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce — REPARATIONS Now!” Total attendance was over 2,000, according to EAGnews.org. Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, provided a detailed report about convention activities. Farrakhan’s keynote rant lasted over two hours. At one point, he held up what resembled...
  • 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...
  • Is the Anti-Police Violence Movement a New Chapter in the Black Freedom Struggle? (Meh)

    12/30/2014 6:17:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. of Venezuela ^ | December 30, 2014 | Arun Gupta
    ​The notion Blacks are a threat is embedded so deep in the American psyche that a jury found it was not criminal for George Zimmerman to stalk and kill Trayvon Martin, a child, in his own neighborhood. It was inevitable there would a push back against the dynamic movement against police violence. It is unfortunate opponents are using the murder of two cops in Brooklyn on December 20 to try to suppress peaceful protests. Nonetheless, the reaction is also a necessary obstacle this new social movement has to navigate. After Officer Darren Wilson killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in...
  • HuffPost Religion's People Of The Year Are The Religious Leaders Of Ferguson

    12/29/2014 1:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post's Religion ^ | December 29, 2014 | The Editors
    The editors of HuffPost Religion have designated the religious leaders of Ferguson as our 2014 People of the Year. From the first day when Michael Brown was shot, the religious leaders from Ferguson and surrounding areas put themselves in the center of the protests and the movement for equality and justice. Women and men, black and white, clergy and lay people of all religious backgrounds provided both a pastoral and a prophetic presence in a community devastated and activated by the shooting of an unarmed young black man by the police. In no time in recent American history has it...
  • Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter and talks Ferguson

    12/29/2014 12:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    United Press International ^ | December 28, 2014 | Thor Benson
    TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, took to Twitter Sunday to attack the U.S. and said #BlackLivesMatter. The string of tweets referencing Ferguson and U.S. protests started on Dec. 20 with the Ayatollah's Twitter account saying the following: "The Almighty God ordered the human beings to struggle against tyranny, corruption, backwardness and poverty. #SolidarityDay #Ferguson." He has since posted the Ferguson hashtag with statements like "human value isn't in color/wealth but in piety," and he has said true followers of Jesus should stand up for people like Michael Brown. When the grand jury...
  • New York Times Columnist Approves: “Let the Fires Burn Until Every City is on its Knees”

    12/29/2014 8:01:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/29/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    They want peace. No really. And the New York Times is just a dispassionate observer looking for reform and change. Not mass murder.But Nicholas Kristof had one of his “Take the Mask Off Moments” when the radical left shows how ugly and unhinged it really is despite its facade of dinner parties and book clubs and that its media outlets promote violence.And so he invited readers to send in poems about the usual stuff. Bunnies. Flowers. Killing all white people and burning America to the ground. And the emphasis was not on the bunnies and flowers.Here’s a deranged screech of...
  • LAPD DECLARES TACTICAL ALERT CITYWIDE AFTER TWO SUSPECTS FIRE AT PATROL CAR

    12/28/2014 11:19:01 PM PST · by Nextrush · 79 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 12/28/2014 | ABC7.comstaff
    The Los Angeles Police Department has declared a citywide tactical alert after two suspects fired at a patrol car with a rifle Sunday night. The incident occurred at 62nd and Hoover streets at around 9:20 p.m. Police say every available officer has been sent to the area. One suspect is in custody. A perimeter was set up as officers searched for the second suspect.....
  • Ferguson PIO placed on unpaid leave after referring to Mike Brown memorial as ‘trash’

    12/27/2014 7:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    KMOV-TV ^ | December 27, 2014 | Adam McDonald
    FERGUSON, Mo (KMOV.com) – The Ferguson Public Information Officer for the City of Ferguson Police Department has been placed on unpaid leave after referring to the Michael Brown memorial as ‘trash.’ According to the Washington Post, Officer Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson Police Department’s public relations officer said no crime had been reported in connection to the memorial’s destruction early Friday morning. Zoll suggested the department would look at any video of the incident, but did not specify whether the department would investigate after a vehicle allegedly ran over the memorial on Canfield Drive. “I don’t know that a crime has...
  • Song Mocking Michael Brown Spurs Investigation [satire]

    12/27/2014 5:41:26 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    The disclosure that a song making fun of Michael Brown—the young man shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last August—was played at a party at an Elks Lodge in Glendale California has inspired the Los Angeles Police Department to open an investigation. “Michael Brown has become an icon of the Black Community,” LAPD information officer Jesus Santos asserted. “Many see him as a martyr who died defending the rights of their race. White people have no right to mock him. We need to find out who is behind this song and bring him or her to justice.” Santos speculated...
  • Ferguson decision: A call to end criminalization of black youths: guest opinion

    12/26/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ebony Howard, Sr. Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
    In the wake of a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many people are asking a heart-wrenching question: "Why don't black lives matter?" The answer can be found in our nation's long history of criminalizing youth of color - particularly African-American boys. They have long been demonized as predators to be feared. And this fear of black boys remains woven within the American fabric. We are reminded of it every time there is a headline reporting the death of yet another unarmed black youth. But the path...
  • Officers Involved in shootings Could Face Federal Charges Against Cops Who Beat Rodney King

    12/25/2014 9:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Vice News ^ | December 25, 2014 | Natasha Lennard
    Following the failure of grand juries in Ferguson, New York, Ohio, and Milwaukee to bring charges against police officers in four separate fatal shootings of young black men, federal authorities are exploring whether federal charges could be brought against the cops. The Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI, and the US attorney's office are examining the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and John Crawford III, while the DOJ is reviewing the killing of Dontre Hamilton — all four men were unarmed when they were shot dead by police this year. Theoretically, the officers could face charges under a federal "color...
  • Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

    12/25/2014 9:24:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael Brown and Eric Garner stories that preceded it, obviously. But what made them worldwide news? Or, to go back in time, what made the Trayvon Martin case a cause célčbre,...
  • Stop lying about the cops

    12/25/2014 5:58:35 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 24, 2014 | By Rich Lowry
    Stop lying about the cops By Rich Lowry We have heard a lot lately about tensions between the police and the communities that they serve, and the urgent need to reduce them. Here’s an easy first step: Stop lying about the cops. The “national conversation” about race and policing we’ve been having ever since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., last summer has been based on lies. The lie that Officer Wilson shot Brown while he had his hands up and was pleading “Don’t shoot.” The lie that New York City policemen targeted Eric Garner...
  • Was St. Louis cop AMBUSHED?

    12/24/2014 6:24:37 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 December 2014 | By Michael Zennie and Lydia Warren For Dailymail.com
    The lawyer for the St. Louis-area cop who shot dead Antonio Martin on Tuesday night has suggested his client may have been set up and ambushed by Antonio Martin, who police say pulled a loaded 9mm pistol on the officer without warning. The Berkeley, Missouri, officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible theft from a Mobil gas station about 11.15pm on Tuesday. Brian Millikan, the lawyer for the unnamed 34-year-old Berkeley officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the cop may have been walking into a deadly trap set by Martin and his friend. 'Their behavior is...
  • 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.
  • Armed African American Tries to Murder Cop Near Ferguson, Cop Shoots Him; Protests Erupt

    12/24/2014 9:38:02 AM PST · by rightistight · 68 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/24/14 | Aurelius
    Antonio Martin, an African American teen, pulled out a gun and tried to murder a police officer. In self defense, the officer shot Martin. Martin was killed. Yet, despite these crystal-clear facts, new protests are erupting in the Ferguson and St. Louis area. The police even quickly released video, showing that Martin unmistakably raised a gun to shoot at the officer. Sergeant Brian Schellman of the St. Louis police department said what happened was straight forward: “Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him.” But apparently facts aren’t good enough for Ferguson...
  • NY Times: 'There Can Never Be A Justification For Any Lethal Assault On An Unarmed Man'

    12/05/2014 5:58:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 80 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There is some good debate and conversation happening in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. But there is also plenty of nonsense. Consider this gem from the New York Times editorial of this morning about police arrests: "there can never be a justification for any lethal assault on an unarmed man." How absurd. In Ferguson, there is evidence that Michael Brown was attempting to wrest the officer's gun away. Should Darren Wilson have waited until Brown was successful before defending himself? Whatever the facts from Staten Island, if a single officer finds himself in a struggle...
  • NAACP Blames Cop Killings On Guns Not Sharpton, DeBlasio

    12/23/2014 5:27:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 48 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Crime: Talking about a war on cops motivated by race-baiting is mere "conjecture," according to the NAACP, which says that the assassination of two New York cops is an "example of the need for strict gun-control measures." After the tragic death of Eric Garner while resisting arrest, Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers how he had warned his biracial son to be wary of cops who, in any confrontation, might misinterpret his actions in a way they would not with a white suspect. Cops are the enemy, not the criminals they try to protect you from. Well, on Friday...
  • Black lives matter – except for the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks

    12/23/2014 5:06:00 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 23, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Black lives matter – except for the 93% of black murder victims who are killed by other blacks Trayvon Martin.Michael Brown.Eric Garner.John Crawford.Tamir Rice.Akai Gurley.All of them were unarmed, young black males who were killed by someone who was not black.All have received substantial national media coverage.There have been protests.There has been smashing of windows, looting, and burning down of businesses owned by innocent people who had nothing to do with the killings.Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have done their usual stuff.Many college students, including students from at least three law schools (Columbia, Harvard, and Georgetown),...
  • Berkeley Man Dies After Pro-Michael Brown Protesters Delay Paramedics

    12/23/2014 8:47:58 AM PST · by rightistight · 50 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/23/14 | Aurelius
    A Berkeley man has died thanks to protesters who claim they are protesting against unnecessary deaths. The man, who lived in a Kittredge Street apartment complex, collapsed several days ago while protests were going on in the streets around his home. Paramedics attempted to rush to his aid, but were slowed and sometimes stopped by protesters. The protesters were demonstrating in favor of Michael Brown, an African American teen who was shot and killed after he assaulted and charged at a white police officer. The protesters claimed they were in the streets to bring attention to unnecessary deaths caused by...
  • De Blasio’s nightmare: New York’s mayor has lost the police — and maybe much more than that.

    12/22/2014 7:48:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 22, 2014 | Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
    Bill de Blasio, like his progressive political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can’t do the New Politics if you don’t pay attention to the old politics. In Obama’s case, it was a failure to recognize the threat posed to him by Republicans who didn’t buy into his calls for a post-partisan partnership with Congress. For New York’s ambitious liberal mayor, it was an inability to keep long-simmering tensions with the city’s traditionally powerful police department from boiling over in the last few days. Just over a year after sailing into office with 72 percent of the vote...
  • American Tragedies and American Dreams-Brown-Garner verdicts and future of African-American youth

    12/22/2014 4:37:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 22, 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    <p>Decades ago, I taught at a community college. The bunch of us treated our shared office as if it were the neighborhood bar. We’d hang out for hours. That beat going home to our cheap apartments or our parents’ basements and watching TV, which was all we could afford on the pittance adjunct professors are paid. James was a jazz musician. Mo’s nose was always to the grindstone. Patrick was enthralling. I wish I had had a video camera recording our every conversation. His words glittered.</p>
  • Time: Right-Wing Militias Are The Real Threat To Cops

    12/22/2014 3:02:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2014 | Scott Greer
    Time Magazine warned of a growing threat to cops nationwide in September 2010. The nationally renowned publication argued that sinister individuals would launch targeted attacks against police officers and even ambush them in their patrol cars. Time alerted readers that these groups and individuals have a disturbing hatred of cops and that there was a real threat of “lone-wolf” attacks. Who are these groups that present such a threat to police? Right-wing militias, according to Time. [Snip] “Scores of armed antigovernment groups, some of them far more radical, have formed or been revived during the Obama years, according to law-enforcement...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • Protesters Show Solidarity with Ismaaiyl Brinsley, Say Murdered Officers "Deserved to Die"

    12/21/2014 2:08:23 PM PST · by rightistight · 37 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/21/14 | Aurelius
    Protesters took to social media today and yesterday to show solidarity with Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who murdered two innocent NYPD officers in cold blood. Numerous protesters said that officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos deserved to die simply because of their profession. Here are just a few (expletives redacted):
  • Union: NYPD Now a 'Wartime' Police Dept.

    12/20/2014 8:03:12 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 28 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/20/14 | Newsmax
    Union: NYPD Now a 'Wartime' Police Dept. The New York Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the NYPD's union, has issued this statement following the deaths of two police officers in an ambush: "Starting IMMEDIATELY: At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be. “IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest. “These are precautions that...
  • After we marched: Distractions, distortions and bold-faced lies (Report from a Sharpton employee)

    12/20/2014 10:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | December 20, 2014 | Janaye Ingram, National Action Network
    Participants in the Justice For All March on Dec. 13, 2014 in Washington, DC.A week ago, the NAN offices were busy with activity. We were planning for the Justice For All March that took place on December 13. The march was successful and turned out exponentially more people than we anticipated – some estimates say approximately 40,000. But more importantly, we had the families of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo present. These families know the unfortunate realities of a justice system that may be blindfolded, but seems to always peek...
  • Michael Brown prosecutor: Some of the grand jury witnesses lied [You don't say...]

    12/20/2014 5:22:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Somehow I doubt that the Hands Up Don’t Shoot crowd, still angry about the decision handed down by the Ferguson grand jury, is going to pay much attention to this new information. But they probably should, particularly since the prosecutor makes it clear that he gave everyone and their brother a chance to have their voice heard, even if some of them were obviously pulling their “facts” from where the sun don’t shine. Some witnesses speaking under oath before a grand jury investigating the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer told lies, St. Louis...
  • Sign honoring 4 slain Oakland officers knocked down

    12/20/2014 3:14:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Someone knocked down and vandalized on Friday a sign on Interstate 580 that honors the four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed in 2009, the deadliest day in the department’s history.
  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview I’ve heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obama’s new policy toward Cuba won’t help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cuba’s economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • Lawmaker wants investigation of McCulloch (Ferguson incident)

    12/19/2014 9:43:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A state lawmaker from St. Louis is asking a legislative committee to investigate whether St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch "manipulated" the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. A joint House and Senate committee is investigating why Gov. Jay Nixon did not use National Guard troops to prevent burning and looting in Ferguson on Nov. 24, the night McCulloch announced that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Brown....
  • Rand Paul Visits Ferguson Ahead of Fresh Protests

    10/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 10, 2014 | Alex Rogers and Michael Scherer in Ferguson
    Paul is the first potential 2016 contender to visit the city.Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments. “I wanted to find out what we could do to make the situation better,” Paul...