Well THAT Went Well: ‘It’s Quite Clear that the Prosecution Should Not Continue On’

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Legal analysts ripped Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges against the three remaining police officers or risk more embarrassment in the courtroom.

“Though they may have been ordered by Mosby to do what they did, that is no defense. Every prosecutor has an individual obligation. They aren’t some minions way down below on the chain that really have no choice. These are the two major people in charge of making the decisions. I think they are as guilty of ethical violations as she.”

What’s more, John Banzhaf, an activist law professor at George Washington University, said he would file a complaint Tuesday with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission calling for the disbarment of the lead prosecutors in the trials of the six police officers accused of wrongdoing in the 2015 arrest and death of the 25-year-old black man.

The pointed criticism came Monday after Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted of all charges for his role in Gray’s arrest and death. The lieutenant was the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was the third consecutive loss for prosecutors. Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been scheduled.

“It’s quite clear that the prosecution should not continue on. The prosecution in the next three cases should strongly make a suggestion in court — on the record — that these cases have not been proven and will not be proven and therefore they should be dismissed.”

But legal analysts said any subsequent trials should be canceled. They noted prosecutors’ failure to convict the most senior officer involved in Gray’s arrest (Lt. Rice) and the driver of the police van in which Gray’s neck was broken (Officer Caesar Goodson).

“It’s quite clear that the prosecution should not continue on,” said Barry Slotnick, a prominent defense lawyer who has followed the trials in the Gray case. “The prosecution in the next three cases should strongly make a suggestion in court — on the record — that these cases have not been proven and will not be proven and therefore they should be dismissed.”

People celebrate after State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore. Photo: David Goldman/Associated Press

“It’s rather sad. The fact of the matter is that I think this prosecution was commenced by people who were concerned about community reaction. People should not be accused of a crime to have a community satisfied. It’s absolutely inappropriate.”

Still, Mr. Slotnick said it’s unlikely that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will drop the remaining trials. He attributed her filing of charges against the six officers to an intent to appease the community.

“It’s rather sad,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that I think this prosecution was commenced by people who were concerned about community reaction. People should not be accused of a crime to have a community satisfied. It’s absolutely inappropriate.” Read the rest of this entry »


‘CIVIL WAR’: New York Post Front Page for Friday, July 8, 2016

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[PHOTO] Director Quentin Tarantino Experiments With His Career

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New York Daily News: Al Sharpton, Longtime Critic of the NYPD, is Speaking at the Funeral of the Slain Cop Randolph Holder

Front page of the New York Daily News for October 26, 2015 on Rev. Sharpton speaking at cop funeral. Headline: "Al to speak at cop rites."

Front page of the New York Daily News for October 26, 2015 on Rev. Sharpton speaking at cop funeral. Headline: “Al to speak at cop rites.”

Al Sharpton, a longtime critic of the NYPD, is speaking at the funeral of the slain cop Randolph Holder.


[VIDEO] How to Fail At Stickin’ It To The Man: Ferrari Driver Gets Ticket, Attempts Getaway

Someone captured this footage while walking around New York and stumbling upon a cop writing a parking ticket for a Ferrari 458 Spider. Thinking it might make for a decent video he starts filming. It turns out the car was parked inside the designated valet area for a hotel and while it’s unclear as to why the ticket was being issued in the first place the owner of the Ferrari approached as the cop was writing the ticket. The owner complains briefly and tries to refuse the ticket (Mistake #1) while getting in his car and starting it up….(read more)

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Anti-Cop Activism Leads to Sky-High Murder Rates in Democrat-Run Cities

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The results are in. They’re written in blood.

Lee Stranahan writes: A sharp spike in the murder rates of Democrat-controlled cities across America is one of the consequences of the increased tension between police and black Americans; tension that has been stirred up by both the liberal media and by Democrat-aligned radical political activist group Black Lives Matter.

As Baltimore announced it is embedding federal agents with its homicide unit after one of the highest murder rates in years, the Washington Post took note of the sharp increases in other cities like New Orleans and Atlanta:

Some blame the increase in violence on the “Ferguson Effect” — officers pulling back on tough enforcement because of the intense focus on police-involved shootings like the one that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August.

In neighborhoods where police have long been viewed with suspicion, people use their cellphones like all-seeing periscopes every time police officers get out of their cars. Officers and the unions that represent them describe a combination of surveillance and skepticism, with body cameras, ACLU recording apps and jeering wherever they go.

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This increased pressured on law enforcement is a direct result of radical anti-police activist groups like Black Lives Matter using social media and community organizing to urge inner-city black Americans toward confrontations with the police as they are trying to do their work keeping the public safe.

[Read the full text here, at Breitbart]

As with the recent confrontation between Black Lives Matter activists and Cleveland police showed, the press usually sides with the acitivists and against the police. The unrelenting anti-law enforcement atmosphere is taking its toll, as CNN reported in May:

The latest homicide statistics arrive amid reports that Baltimore police officers have lost confidence in the chain of command and that officers have coordinated a work slowdown by not talking to community members and showing less initiative. The drops in arrests and increase in murders are the result of officers refusing to follow their marching orders, according to one Baltimore officer who spoke with CNN. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Two Police Officers Shot Dead in Mississippi, Shooter Fled in Police Vehicle

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Two police officers were shot and killed on Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the shooter fled the area in a police vehicle, local television station WDAM reported.

[Update: 3 suspects caught, charged in slaying of 2 Hattiesburg police officers]

The police vehicle was abandoned near a local train depot, it said. The station, citing local officials, said law enforcement agencies were conducting a manhunt for the suspect in the area, which is about 80 miles (129 km) southeast of Jackson.

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Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree, center, addresses the media at Forrest General Hospital after two Hattiesburg police officers were shot on East Fourth Street late Saturday. Also pictured: Major Hardy Sims, left, and Major Billy Lane. (Photo: Tim Doherty/Hattiesburg American)

A police dispatcher declined to comment and a spokesperson for the Hattiesburg Police Department could not immediately be reached for confirmation or detail on the report.

According to WDAM, two officers were transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where they were pronounced dead. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Bloodthirsty Millionaire Capitalist Michael Moore Endorses Widespread Private Gun Ownership and Vigilantism #Baltimore

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[VIDEO] ‘White Supremacist’ Cops Hop Out of Patrol Car and… Join Kids’ Football Game

It’s usually a really bad sign when a police car pulls up and two cops jump out and head towards you.

KARE 11 viewer Michelle Keenan thought that was the case Monday night when a Plymouth squad car pulled up to her apartment complex, two officers got out and began walking towards her son and his friends who were playing football on the lawn.

Her heart started racing as she watched from the balcony. “What’d they do?”, Keenan thought to herself.

“It’s a good feeling to know that we live in a community where police officers are willing to do this and be there for us.”

— Michelle Keenan

She was about to run down and investigate when she saw Officers Matt Kaley and Mike Passig each join one of the teams and start playing. Keenan says the game lasted for 20 to 25 minutes, and her son later told her it was the coolest thing ever.

“Just a friendly game of football, and the kids loved it.”

— Officer Matt Kaley

“It’s a good feeling to know that we live in a community where police officers are willing to do this and be there for us,” said Keenan, who thought the story was a good one in light of the negative attention police have received lately. As a parent, she tells KARE 11 that she appreciates what the officers did, building trust with the kids and creating a memory they will always remember. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Post: ‘Two More Cops Shot, Gunned Down Confronting NYC Robbers’, Jan 6, 2014

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New York Post Cover for December 23, 2014 ‘Now He Tells Us To Call 911: Shamed Mayor Bets New Yorkers to Save Cops’

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‘COPS EXECUTED’: The front page of the New York Post for Sunday, December 21, 2014

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[VIDEO] Cops Behaving Badly: ‘I Have a Feeling This Officer Is About to Become Very Famous’ #OfficerGoF!@??!*¥ø®self

Interesting find from Rich LowryThe Corner. It speaks for itself (and if it doesn’t, the hashtag certainly guarantees twitter fame) I would only add, language warning, NSFW, so turn the sound down if you work in a Federal office killing 8 hours a day surfing but your boss is nearby.

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