Posted: September 4, 2016 Filed under: Censorship, Politics, Reading Room, Think Tank, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Claire Fox, Dick Durbin, Hillary Clinton, IRS, Kimberly Strassel, Lois Lerner, Milwaukee County, National Guard of the United States, Police car, Progressivism, Scott Walker, Scott Walker (politician), State of Emergency, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech, The Left, Tom Barrett (politician)
The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech, by Kimberly Strassel (Twelve Press, 396 pp., $30)
I Find that Offensive!, by Claire Fox (Biteback Publishing, 179 pp., $14.95)
Fred Siegel writes:
…Strassel’s chapters on the politicization of the IRS in Obama’s hands make for a striking summary of Chicago skullduggery. In 2012, an election year, the IRS, led by liberal operative Lois Lerner, systematically sidelined conservative (often Tea Party) organizations. The broadest and deepest scandal in IRS history is more than three years old, but there is little chance that Obama’s Chicago-ized Justice Department will hold anyone accountable. Strassel also discusses the attempts led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Dick Durbin of Illinois to criminalize criticism of the standard-issue UN position on climate change. The senators insist that manmade climate change is a matter of “settled science.” But climate is always changing, and science is never settled.
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In late 2008, after Democrats took control of all three branches of government, the Left realized, writes Strassel, that it could use the federal bureaucracy to deploy campaign finance laws selectively against its opponents. The Left could also call upon “the extraordinary new power of the Internet and social media” to convince “a credulous public” that its assaults on opposition political activity “were aimed at ‘cleaner’ and ‘more open’ elections.” This dynamic constitutes what Strassel calls “the modern intimidation game” that “now defines American politics.”
[Read the full review here, at City Journal]
In Wisconsin, Democrats enraged by Governor Scott Walker’s successful effort to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees played the intimidation game even while out of power. The state’s Progressive-era laws, designed to ensure fair elections, and its unique Government Accountability Board were turned against conservative activists who supported Walker. Democratic Party county prosecutors pressed an array of lawsuits and used armed sheriffs’ deputies to stage early-morning raids, guns drawn, on the homes of conservative activists suspected of having marginally violated state campaign finance laws—in this case, the heinous crime of having outside committees coordinate campaign expenditures with Governor Walker’s electoral efforts. Further, the accused were forbidden by state law of telling anyone, except their lawyers, about the raids. Most of this, as Strassel accurately notes, was “simple harassment.”
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As for real wrongdoing, the Obama administration, as Strassel explains, has slow-walked documents required for the investigation into the IRS scandals and the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious fiasco, in which the federal government inadvertently armed Mexican drug cartels. Moreover, the House committee examining the Benghazi debacle still doesn’t have tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails. But the investigation did inadvertently expose the former secretary of state’s home-brewed email server. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 2, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Car chase, homicide, Mass Shooting, media, news, Police car, Police officer, San Bernardino, Sport utility vehicle, Twitter
Posted: September 6, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: 99 Cents Only Stores, Fox News Channel, KTNV-TV, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Police car, Police officer, Robert Benjamin, Semi-automatic pistol
A Las Vegas police officer reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries after a gunman approached his squad car on Sunday and began firing in an ‘ambush-style’ shooting.
A suspect is in custody in the incident, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted.
Two officers were leaving the scene of a disturbance call at a .99 Cents Only store when an individual walked up to their patrol car while it was stopped at a traffic light and fired three shots, striking one of the officers in the hand, KTNV reported.
Police did not return fire during the encounter, which occurred shortly after noon, local time. The officer who was shot has not yet been named.
The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Police pursued the alleged shooter on foot until he dropped his weapon and surrendered, according to Metro Sgt. John Sheahan.
A witness at the scene of Sunday’s shooting told the Review-Journal that the alleged gunman….(read more)
Source: Fox News
At Breitbart.com Bob Price reports:
UPDATE 6:54 p.m. PDT: More details emerge in the ambush-style shooting of the Las Vegas police officer. The suspect has been identified by police as a Hispanic male. News3LV reports both officers exited the vehicle when they determined they were taking fire. The passenger officer was struck in the right hand while exiting the vehicle. One of the officers was able to pull a citizen out of the line of fire and move them to a position of safety. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 29, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Ford Ranger, Gas station, Harris County, Harris County Sheriff's Office (Texas), Houston, Police car, Sheriff, Texas
HOUSTON, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station while reportedly in full uniform. The deputy was filling up his patrol car. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. This tragedy comes within days of a group of Black radicals calling for “lynching whites and killing cops,” as Breitbart Texas recently reported. Witnesses also told Breitbart Texas that the shooter was a black male…(read more)
Posted: July 28, 2015 Filed under: Comics, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: California, Daily Kos, Left Wing, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Times, Marxist, media, news, Police car, Police officer, Progressive, propaganda, South Los Angeles, Ted Rall, The Times
For Marxists like Ted Rall, Lying is as natural as breathing.
Matthew Balan Breitbart’s John Nolte reported on Tuesday that the LA Times discontinued its relationship with far-left cartoonist/writer Ted Rall, after he claimed in an May 2015 item that he was “thrown up against a wall, handcuffed and roughed up by an LAPD motorcycle policeman who also threw his driver’s license into the sewer.” The LAPD subsequently released records about the 2001 police encounter (where Rall was stopped for jaywalking), which included an audiotape that “does not back up Rall’s assertions.”
From John Nolte’s report:
Ted Rall, a noxious left-wing political cartoonist who has advocated violence against conservatives and on more than one occasion revealed himself as a racist, finally went too far, even for the same LA Times that champions those who threaten Jews with curb-stomping. According to the Times, in a May 11 article, Rall outright lied about a 2001 experience he had with the LAPD….(read more)
Maetenloch at AceofSpadesHQ has this:
You’ll be shocked, shocked to find out that Rall is a lying liar who lies. In fact as far back as 2003 Ted Rall was known as a long-time scumbag. The fact that he was ever employed by reputable publications after this cartoon is reason enough for the MSM to be destroyed in a cleansing fire of incandescent righteousness…(read more)
The liberal newspaper’s editorial page editor, Nicholas Goldberg, wrote a note to readers on Tuesday about Rall’s firing. Goldberg first summarized the cartoonist’s claims against the police officer, where he also contended that “dozens of onlookers shouted in protest at the officer’s conduct.” The editor continued that the newly-released audiotape “gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall’s license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed. Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers.”
Goldberg also pointed out that Rall filed a complaint with the LAPD which made no mention of the allegation of excessive force:
In Rall’s initial complaint to the LAPD, he describes the incident without mentioning any physical violence or handcuffing but says that the police officer was “belligerent and hostile” and that he threw Rall’s license into the “gutter.” The tape depicts a polite interaction.
In addition, Rall wrote in his blog post that the LAPD dismissed his complaint without ever contacting him. Department records show that internal affairs investigators made repeated attempts to contact Rall, without success. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 16, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Active shooter, Andy Berke, Chattanooga, Chattanooga Navy Reserve Center, CNN, Fire chief, Police car, Police officer, Randy Jackson, Tennessee, Twitter, U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday that there has been a shooting at a Navy reserve center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Navy also said it was investigating a shooting at another Navy building in the city.
One officer is “down” in connection with the shooting, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke told reporters.
He was not specific about the officer’s condition.
“This is a very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it,” he said.
Meanwhile, a witness in Chattanooga told CNN that she saw a gunman fire shots at a building that houses military recruiting offices Thursday morning. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 13, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Dallas Police Department, Dallas SWAT, Interstate 20, Interstate 45, Jack Evans, Police car, Police Headquarters, Television station, WFAA
DALLAS (AP) — Police: Suspect in Dallas police headquarters shooting is confirmed dead.
Posted: June 13, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Associated Press, Chief of police, Dallas, Dallas Police Department, Dallas SWAT, David Brown (police officer), Interstate 45, Pipe bomb, Police car, SWAT
Gunman opened fire on Dallas Police Department and rammed a police car before fleeing
reports: The suspected gunman who opened fire on the Dallas Police Department’s headquarters early Saturday was believed to be dead after a standoff with officers, Police Chief David Brown said.
Police couldn’t confirm whether the suspect, who was in an armored van that he claimed had explosives inside, was alive. Police hadn’t yet confirmed the man’s identity.
Snipers shot at the van’s front window and struck the suspect, Mr. Brown said. Police were using a robot to determine whether explosives remain near the vehicle.
Pathetic tweet of the day
Police had chased the suspect to a parking lot at a Jack in the Box restaurant south of Dallas after he fired on officers at the Dallas police headquarters early Saturday. No officers were injured in the shootings. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 13, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Chief of police, Dallas, Dallas City Hall, Dallas Police Department, David Brown (police officer), Hutchins, Police car, Police station, Saturday morning cartoon, SWAT, Texas
DALLAS (AP) — Nomann Merchant reports: At least one gunman opened fire on officers outside of police headquarters in Dallas early Saturday, spraying squad cars with bullets before fleeing in a van, which officers followed to a suburban parking lot and surrounded, beginning a standoff, the police chief said.
Witnesses described seeing as many as three other suspects taking part in the attack, but police Chief David Brown said at a news conference that conflicting accounts made it difficult to determine how many people may have been involved. Despite a hail of gunshots, including some that hit police vehicles, nobody was wounded, he said.
According to Brown, the shootout began at around 12:30 a.m., when the suspect or suspects parked in front of the department’s headquarters south of downtown and began firing. At least one assailant later drove off in a dark-colored van, which witnesses described as armored, but not before ramming a police cruiser. The moment was caught on cellphone video shot from a nearby balcony in which several shots can be heard.
Officers trailed the van to a Jack in the Box parking lot in Hutchins, a Dallas suburb, where a SWAT team had it surrounded, Brown said. They had been speaking to a man inside who identified himself as James Boulware and who said he blames police for losing custody of his son and “accusing him of being a terrorist.”
The gunman also said he had explosives in the van, which appeared to be outfitted with gun ports in the sides. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 9, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: ABC7, Board of Police Commissioners, California, Charlie Beck, Civilian Oversight, Ezell Ford, Glendale, LAPD, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department, Mary O'Callaghan, Police car, Robert Holguin, Shooting
Posted: May 4, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Associated Press, Brian Moore (novelist), Erik Jansen, New York, New York City, New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department, Police car, Queens, William J. Bratton
Brian Moore, 25 years old, died from his injuries after being taken off life support at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center two days after the shooting
reports: A New York City police officer shot in the face through the window of his unmarked police car was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital Monday, authorities said.
Brian Moore, 25 years old, died from his injuries after being taken off life support at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center two days after the shooting in Middle Village neighborhood of Queens, police officials said.
Officer Moore was part of the anti-crime unit in the New York Police Department’s 105th precinct in Queens and was in plain clothes, patrolling in an unmarked police car with his partner when he was shot by a suspect they saw tugging at his waistband, authorities said.
Police Commissioner William Bratton is expected to meet with the officers’ family Monday afternoon.
Demetrius Blackwell, a 35-year-old with a long criminal record accused of shooting Officer Moore, has been charged with attempted murder and is being held without bail. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 4, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Atlanta, Baltimore County Police Department, Chief of police, Grady Memorial Hospital, Maryland State Police, Police car, Police officer, Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Robbery
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Fulton County police officer has died after being shot in the head by a suspect.
According to Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles, the shooting took place at around 1:30 a.m. in the Cedar Grove subdivision near Fairburn.
Police responded to a shots fired call early Wednesday. They were told the suspect was possibly intoxicated. Neighbors said the man was going from house to house, banging on doors and firing a long barrel gun.
“This is not the first officer that we have lost. It’s heartbreaking.”
The suspect then began shooting at the officers, striking one in the head.
Stiles described the situation as an ambush, saying the officers “were trying to do their job, they were trying to protect this neighborhood from someone who was shooting. And they had no other option but to do their job. And the way it appears to me, they were ambushed without warning.”
The officers returned fire and hit the suspect, who is being treated while in custody at Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.
The injured officer’s ambulance was given a police escort to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 a.m. His name has not yet been released, but Stiles said he was a veteran officer with many years of service. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Ambush, Attorney general, Bedford–Stuyvesant, Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn, Eric Holder, Mayor of New York City, Metro station, Myrtle Avenue, New York, New York City, New York City Police Department, Police car, Police officer, Suicide methods
There have been at least three ambushes this year of law-enforcement officials that garnered national attention. In June Las Vegas police officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31 were ambushed as they sat in a restaurant. One of the suspects in that shooting died in a gunbattle with authorities, and his wife committed suicide.
The assassination of two New York City police officers this weekend has emboldened police and their supporters to lash out at weeks of nationwide protest and criticism that they say have left police more vulnerable.
“This senseless murder of two of New York’s finest further exemplifies the dangerous political climate in which all members of law enforcement, nationwide, now find themselves. Not since the political unrest of the 1960s have police officers been so targeted.”
— Baltimore police union President Gene Ryan, in a posting on the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police website
Police are investigating social-media posts by the apparent assailant in the point-blank fatal shootings Saturday of the two officers who were sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn. In them, he allegedly talked about killing officers in retaliation for the deaths of Eric Garner on Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer in confrontations with police.
Experts on law enforcement said the demonstrations that followed grand jury decisions not to charge the officers in those cases have strained police morale across the U.S. as officers have been forced to defend their tactics, then deploy in big numbers to demonstrations against those tactics.
“This senseless murder of two of New York’s finest further exemplifies the dangerous political climate in which all members of law enforcement, nationwide, now find themselves,” Baltimore police union President Gene Ryan said in a posting on the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police website. “Not since the political unrest of the 1960s have police officers been so targeted.”
“If you visited from Mars in the last few months, you would think police do no good in society at all”
— Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of law and police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
On Sunday, a somber-faced New York Mayor Bill de Blasio , who has come under withering criticism from the city’s police union after the killings, attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, flanked in a pew by his wife and Police Commissioner William Bratton . “We are in solidarity with you,” New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told the public officials. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: African American, Baltimore, Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Daily News (New York), Execution-style murder, Myrtle Avenue, New York City Police Department, New York Post, Police car, Police officer, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
“We’re all in this together.”
Mayor De Blasio, to grieving cops
“No we’re not.”
One of the grieving cops
“It’s an execution,” one law-enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
The tragic heroes were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were shot point-blank in the head by the lone gunman, identified by sources as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia and Brooklyn.
Moments after killing the two officers, he too was dead, having turned the gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.
“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be the gunman wrote on Instagram in a message posted just three hours before the officers were shot.
“They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” the post continued, signing off with, “This May Be My Final Post.”
The Instagram page included an image of a silver automatic handgun with a wooden handle. Another image showed the same camouflage pants and distinctive blue sneakers worn by the gunman as his body was carried from the scene on a stretcher.
He used the hashtag #ShootThePolice, along with two other hashtags referencing Garner and Brown.
Brinsley walked up to the cops’ patrol car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues, approaching from the sidewalk. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Baltimore, Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Daily News (New York), Instagram, New York, New York City, New York City Police Department, New York Post, Police car
Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.
The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.
Officer Liu had served with the New York City Police Department for four years. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 29, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: BlackFriday, Chief of police, Kohl, Police car, Police officer, Pontiac Sunfire, Romeoville Illinois, Turvey
A driver believed to be involved in a Black Friday shoplifting scheme was shot by police after dragging a police officer in a parking lot outside a Romeoville department store late Thursday, authorities said.
About 10 p.m. police responded to a report of men stealing clothing from the Kohl’s store at 261 S. Weber Road, Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said.
Officers chased two suspects who were seen fleeing the store toward a Pontiac Sunfire waiting outside, Turvey said. An officer became involved in a struggle and was partially caught in the car, Turvey said.
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Posted: August 11, 2013 Filed under: Reading Room | Tags: Ashley Gilbertson, Asset forfeiture, Henderson, Houston, Jennifer Boatright, Police car, Tenaha Texas, United States
Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?
Clockwise from left: James Morrow, Javier Flores, Jennifer Boatright and her son Jacob, Dale Agostini, and Nelly Moreira. Many police budgets depend on money from forfeiture. Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson.
On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at the first signs of spring, to walk the local wildflower trails and spend time with Henderson’s father. This year, they’d decided to buy a used car in Linden, which had plenty for sale, and so they bundled their cash savings in their car’s center console. Just after dusk, they passed a sign that read “Welcome to Tenaha: A little town with BIG Potential!”
They pulled into a mini-mart for snacks. When they returned to the highway ten minutes later, Boatright, a honey-blond “Texas redneck from Lubbock,” by her own reckoning, and Henderson, who is Latino, noticed something strange. The same police car that their eleven-year-old had admired in the mini-mart parking lot was trailing them. Near the city limits, a tall, bull-shouldered officer named Barry Washington pulled them over.
He asked if Henderson knew that he’d been driving in the left lane for more than half a mile without passing.
No, Henderson replied. He said he’d moved into the left lane so that the police car could make its way onto the highway.
Were there any drugs in the car? When Henderson and Boatright said no, the officer asked if he and his partner could search the car.
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