Advertisements

John Lott: Obama’s False Racism Claims are Putting Cops’ Lives in Danger 

wrong-obama

If Obama really cares about poor blacks, he should be more careful getting his facts right.

John Lott writes: Hours before the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, President Obama was again spouting false claims about racism by the police. He sees racism whenever there is any disparity in outcomes, no matter what the cause.

Obama and others inflame passions, but take no responsibility, and instead use events to push for more gun control. Yet, shouting racism can endanger the lives of police officers. The Dallas police chief tells us one of the shooters “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

black-lives-matter-kill-white-supremacists-ap-640x480

“Blacks consistently report violent crime at a higher rate than whites do. This is true of all income groups and of both suburban and urban areas. This higher rate of reporting is true in areas where blacks face higher violent-crime rates than whites and also when the reverse is true.”

After the Trayvon Martin case, there were numerous cases around the country of blacks attacking whites and invoking Martin’s name.

Let’s not forget that NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed by a black man who was angry about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Trayvon Martin verdict: Racism, hate crimes prosecution, and other overreactions. - Slate Magazine

Obama and his administration spoke out repeatedly on the Martin and Brown cases. They repeatedly claimed racism was involved, but in fact there’s no evidence of that in either case.

[Read the full story here, at the New York Post]

Obama is also wrong, as he was on Thursday, to infer racism from higher arrest rates or prison-sentence lengths. “African Americans are arrested at twice the rate of whites,” he said. What he failed to note is that blacks commit murder at almost six times the rate whites do.

“Blacks, being the most likely victims of violent crime, are also the most likely beneficiaries of police protection. This makes it especially sad that recent polls show a sharp turn for the worse in relations between blacks and police.”

“African-American and Hispanic population, who make up only 30 percent of the general population, make up more than half of the incarcerated population,” he added. But Obama ignores the facts put out by his own Department of Justice. The FBI claims that gangs commit 80 percent of crimes in the US, and the National Gang Center estimates that 82 percent of gang members are black or Hispanic.

"Legitimate self defense has absolutely nothing to do with the criminal misuse of guns." —Gerald Vernon, veteran firearms instructor

“Blacks consistently report violent crime at a higher rate than whites do. This is true of all income groups and of both suburban and urban areas. This higher rate of reporting is true in areas where blacks face higher violent-crime rates than whites and also when the reverse is true.”

Obama claimed: “[Blacks] receive sentences that are almost 10 percent longer than comparable whites arrested for the same crime.” Putting aside questions as to how comparable the crimes are or the criminals’ past histories, Obama again leaves out crucial details. Whites are more likely to face other penalties — fines and restitution, loss of professional licenses, and a greater drop in legitimate earnings upon returning to the labor force after prison.

Will Obama be complaining about the “racist” aspects of these other penalties? Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Police: 11-Year-Old Boy Left Alone With Sister Shoots, Kills Persistent Intruder 

teen-shot

ST. LOUIS — An 11-year-old left at home to defend himself and his 4-year-old sister staved off several home invasion attempts before finally shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder, police say.

Police officers arrived after 2 p.m. Thursday to the home on Hallwood Drive in north St. Louis County to discover the body of a 16-year-old lying in the front foyer.

The boy, whose name has not been released, had been shot in the head while breaking into the home, according to police. He was shot by the 11-year-old boy who lived inside, and who — along with his 4-year-old sister — had been left there alone.

shooting

Sgt. Brian Schellman said it was third time that the 16-year-old had attempted to break into that house that day. Neither sibling was hurt in the incident. Read the rest of this entry »


Girls’ Rights Matter: 150 Students Walk Out Over Trans Teen Using Girl’s Locker Room 

HIS

HILLSBORO, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – Over 150 Missouri high school students voiced their displeasure about a transgender teen using the girls’ locker room by walking out of class.

“It’s going to end up in court…You have the administrative agencies – OSHA, EEOC, and the Department of Education clashing with the courts. Most of the times … the court, when the issue gets there, will not enforce those guidelines.”

— St. Louis attorney Timm Schowalter

“Boys need to have their own locker room. Girls need to have their own locker room, and if somebody has mixed feelings where they are, they need to have their own also.”

— protester Jeff Childs

“I’m sorry, Lila, but you’re not a girl. Anyone who tells you otherwise is deceiving you. While I feel sorry for a young, confused kid who’s becoming yet another pawn in the Left’s war on decency, I’m deeply heartened that more than 100 of his classmates took a stand for basic biology. Not every Millennial is a sexual revolutionary.”

— David French

Read more

Students at Hillsboro High School staged a two-hour walkout Monday over 17-year-old Lila Perry, a student who has identified as a female since she was 13, using the girls’ locker room during gym class.

“The school offered Perry a gender-neutral bathroom, which she turned down. All students have a right, under Title 9, to access the bathroom of their choice.’”

Family members of high school students were also holding a protest. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] CNN Last Night: Two People Shot In Ferguson As New Protests Break Out

April 29, 2015 – Ferguson, Missouri (CNN)—At least three people were shot in separate incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, on late Tuesday and early Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of protests in Baltimore, a city spokesman said.

Two people were shot in the neck and another was shot in the leg, spokesman Jeff Small said. There is a suspect in custody in the latter case: a 20-year-old male from St. Louis County.

The two victims shot in the neck were hospitalized, Small said.

“Police are having a difficult time investigating because of the rocks being thrown at them,” he said. “At this point police are not sure if the (shootings are) linked to the protest or not.”

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted video on his Twitter account. Multiple gunshots can be heard as people flee in panic.


BREAKING: Police Standoff in Ferguson

ferg-standoff

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Police are involved in two stand-offs in north St. Louis County.

Ferguson police are involved in a standoff after responding to report of a shooting in Ferguson.  A person has barricaded themselves into a home in the suspects 400 block of Warford.  Investigators are unable to check on the possible shooting victim until they deal with the person blocking them from entry.  Police have blocked off area streets.

An unknown number of Ferguson protesters have made their way to the scene. Read the rest of this entry »


Starbucks Wants To Talk To You About Race

#RaceTogether

Blake Neff writes: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has launched a new initiative that will encourage the company’s baristas to talk to patrons about America’s racial issues.Giant Coffee Cup

“If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to race. And we believe that we are better than this, and we believe our country is better than this.”

To trigger the conversations, in the next week baristas will be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers cups, which is intended to “facilitate a conversation between you and our customers,” according to Schultz.

“If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to race. And we believe that we are better than this, and we believe our country is better than this,” Schultz said in a video shown to Starbucks employees, according to USA Today.

The campaign is being bolstered by an 8-page supplement that will be published Friday by the coffeemaker in USA Today. The supplement will include “conversation starters,” such as the statement “In the past year, I have been to the home of someone of a different race ___ times.”

howard-schultz

The campaign is said to be inspired by the controversy emanating from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner last year, both of them black men killed by white police officers. What the initiative hopes to accomplish in the long run is unclear, though the company will be offering more information during its annual meeting on Wednesday.

coffee-buzz2

The new effort is only the latest of the company’s actions that appear designed to bolster the company’s reputation as a socially conscious corporation. Last year, the company created a new program that allows employees to take free online college classes at Arizona State University.

Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson, Police Say

Missouri Highway Patrol takes over the Ferguson protests

The police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference later Sunday to announce the arrest

FERGUSON, Mo. — The St. Louis County police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting of two police officers outside of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference later Sunday to announce the arrest.

The two officers — one from the county police and the other from the nearby Webster Groves department — were standing shoulder to shoulder as part of a protective line facing demonstrators across the street. At least three gunshots came from a distance behind the demonstrators, as much as 125 yards away, the authorities said.

The demonstration followed an announcement that the police chief in Ferguson, Thomas Jackson, was resigning, the latest senior city administrator to step down after a Justice Department report accused the city of using its municipal court and police force as moneymaking tools that routinely violated constitutional rights and disproportionately targeted blacks. The municipal judge and city manager, as well as the top court clerk and two police supervisors, have stepped down in the wake of the report’s release last week. Read the rest of this entry »


State, County Police Take Over Ferguson Protest Security After Shooting

Unknown-1

(CNN) Greg Botelho reports: With tensions running high after the shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri, state and county police are once again taking over protest security in the St. Louis suburb.

St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol will “assume command of the security detail regarding protests” at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), St. Louis County Police said in a statement.

“We could have buried two police officers,” Belmar told reporters. “… I feel very confident that whoeverdid this … came there for whatever nefarious reason that it was.”

—  St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar

Ferguson Police will remain responsible for routine policing services in the city, the statement said.

B_4GZsqU8AAcda4

The takeover comes less than a day after two police officers standing guard outside Ferguson police headquarters were shot in what St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called an “ambush,” spurring a manhunt for those responsible for targeting the line of officers.

“The most important thing is the safety of the protesters, so we’re meeting to organize what tonight would look like, if we’re coming out, because we know that tensions are high within the Police Department after the incident that occurred last night, so we just want to make sure that people are safe.”

— Kayla Reed of the Organization for Black Struggle

“We could have buried two police officers,” Belmar told reporters. “… I feel very confident that whoever did this … came there for whatever nefarious reason that it was.”

Protests Continue In DC One Day After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

This isn’t the first time that county police and state troopers have stepped in to handle protest security.

“It’s a very tense situation, as you can well imagine. In my communications as a union official with police commanders, I’ve been assured that tactics will be different tonight. I assume that means not only more officers, but a wider perimeter, with coverage, perhaps, of these blind spots from which the shots were fired last night.”

— St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar

When clashes between police and protesters boiled over last year, Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency and tapped the State Highway Patrol to take over. After that emergency declaration expired in December, Ferguson Police resumed command of protest security. Officers from other agencies have continued to provide backup at larger protests.

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Protest organizers are meeting to determine whether they’ll demonstrate again Thursday night.

“The most important thing is the safety of the protesters, so we’re meeting to organize what tonight would look like, if we’re coming out, because we know that tensions are high within the Police Department after the incident that occurred last night, so we just want to make sure that people are safe,” said Kayla Reed of the Organization for Black Struggle.

If protesters return, they’ll see a different security situation on the streets, said Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. Read the rest of this entry »


Missouri Gun Sales Soar Amid Ferguson Unrest

buying-selling-guns-AP

Beginning with the unrest after the August 2014 shooting of Micheal Brown and that which followed the grand jury verdict in favor of Officer Darren Wilson, as well as the fervor maintained by national hucksters intent on keeping racial tensions aflame, gun sales in Missouri are through the roof.

[Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins]

Brown was shot on August 9 ,and within days gun sales began a sharp rise. On August 13 Breitbart News reported that citizens in and around St. Louis were buying up the firearms they needed to protect their lives and property. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] UPDATE: Officers Suffer ‘Very Serious’ Injuries in #Ferguson Shooting St. Louis County Chief says

Killings by Police Fe_Cham64036003

Two police officers were shot and seriously wounded early Thursday outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo. amid protests that followed the resignation of the town’s police chief.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference just before 2 a.m. local time that a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, while a 32-year-old officer from suburban Webster Groves was shot in the face. Both officers were taken to a local hospital. Belmar said both men were conscious, but had no further word about their condition except to describe the injuries as “very serious.”

Belmar said that at least three shots were fired and were believed to come from a house across the street from the police department. He said he did not know who shot the officers.

The shooting was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Unknown-2

KTVI reported that as many as 200 protesters had gathered outside the police station to demand more changes in the city’s government after the resignation of Police Chief Tom Jackson Wednesday afternoon. The station reported that at least one person had been arrested and that protesters were blocking traffic on nearby Florissant Road.

The Associated Press reported that the crowd had appeared to be dwindling when the shots were heard. The Missouri Highway Patrol told the AP that troopers were heading to the scene. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Jets Player Wears NYPD Cap Into Stadium to Support Officers

B5ac7iRCcAASjKr

NFL games (and pro sports events in general) have become a recurring site of commentary on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and subsequent lack of indictments. The St. Louis Rams entered Edward Jones Dome at the beginning of a game last month with their arms raised in a “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture, while numerous NFL and NBA players have donned “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in reference to Garner. Both cases angered local police unions(more)

Mediaite


[VIDEO] Spiked: ‘Saturday Night Live‘ Takes on Ferguson Protests in Cut Sketch

News anchors have a tough job: They have to pretend like everything’s great when usually it’s, well, not. But Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson give up on pretending in a cut Saturday Night Live sketch where the two play St. Louis morning show hosts distressed by what’s going on in nearby Ferguson.

“James Franco, Saturday’s host, also appears as a guest on the show… The entire sketch is an awkward, apt comment on racism in America and how we cover that racism—as well as a fine five minutes of comedy.”

At first, Thompson and Strong try to read off some lighthearted weekend news about fun runs and concerts but decide to cut to their traffic reporter, played by Leslie Jones, who appears onscreen just to say traffic’s bad. Read the rest of this entry »


All 16 of the Arrests Made in Ferguson Last Night Were People From Out of Town


[VIDEO] Missouri Lt. Governor: Did the Obama Administration Pressure Governor Jay Nixon to Keep Out the National Guard?

At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon: Missouri lieutenant governor Peter Kinder expressed anger over the the Missouri National Guard’s absence from Ferguson during riots on Monday night, speculating that the Obama administration may have leaned on the Missouri governor to keep the soldiers back.

“Where were they last night? The law-abiding citizens and business owners and taxpayers of the St. Louis region have the right to ask this governor to answer some questions.”

Kinder, a Republican, lashed out at Democratic governor Jay Nixon for his failure to send the National Guard into the city while protesters looted and burned over a dozen businesses. Despite activating the Guard a week ago, troops were not deployed to Ferguson until Tuesday morning….(read more)

“Here’s my question that the governor must answer. Is the reason that the National Guard wasn’t in there was because the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out?”

 more….National Review Online


[PHOTOS] The Chaotic Streets of Ferguson

xnaphotos462222-1024x778

Burned cars, looted businesses, restaurants on fire—this was the scene of Ferguson, Mo., last night after a grand jury in St. Louis County announced police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

The images take you inside the unrest….

33 Photos

The Daily Signal


[VIDEO] Split Screen

At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon writes:

In a surreal moment of cable television, split screens on major news networks broadcast President Obama pushing for calm after Ferguson’s grand-jury decision even as protesters smashed cop cars and businesses and police responded with tear gas and armored vehicles.  

cdn-media.nationaljournal.com

[More – Obama’s Split-Screen Moment Will Endure Long After His Presidency]

The president made an unscheduled speech late Monday night to address the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, in which he urged everyone to respect the rule of law. “There are Americans who agree with [the decision,]” he said, “and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. That’s an understandable reaction.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Protesters Kick a St. Louis County Police Car


Black Panther Leader Indicted On Federal Gun Charges

Ferg

Chuck Ross reports: Members of the militant New Black Panther Party have been arrested and charged with making straw purchases of two handguns and are believed to have conspired to detonate pipe bombs during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to several reports.

“The wicked enemies of black people use lies and deceit to confuse the masses and misdirect the legitimate aspirations of the black power movement.” 

— Chawn Kweli, national chief of staff for the New Black Panther Party

Brandon Baldwin, who goes by the name Brandon Muhammad, and Olajuwon Davis, who goes by Olajuwon Ali, were indicted on Wednesday for making false statements in order to purchase two .45 ACP pistols at a Cabela’s in Hazelwood, just outside of Ferguson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Ali is the chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the New Black Panther Party.

NBC News reported that Ali and Muhammad are also suspected of trying to acquire pipe bombs that they planned to detonate in the event of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to refuse to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michel Brown.

According to NBC, two sources said that federal investigators caught wind of Ali’s and Muhammad’s plan and put them under surveillance.

“We wanted to see where this might go,” an official told NBC.

The gun charge is the only one pending against the pair of Panthers, though NBC reported that other charges are pending. Read the rest of this entry »


Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown’s Shooting

sams-ferguson

Law Enforcement, Businesses Prepare for Possible Unrest With Decision on Whether to Indict Police Officer

Ben Keeling writes: Workers are boarding up windows in Ferguson, Mo., and police are re-stocking tear gas as they prepare for civil unrest that could follow a grand jury decision on whether to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old.

“Commanders in our department have been meeting almost daily,” said  “We don’t really know what to expect, but as a police department it’s our job to prepare ourselves. We can’t be caught off guard one way or another.”

— Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department

 Soon after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, a grand jury began deciding whether to indict the officer for his role in the death. The jury, which has been meeting weekly for the most part, could make a decision as early as mid-November, the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office said.

“Folks are outraged not only by the killing of Mike Brown, but the government’s handling of the case,” Mr. Marcano said. “I think you’ll see some level of anger no matter what the charge is.”

And as the nation awaits that decision, those on the ground are making preparations. “We’ve been doing board-ups for probably the past month, the phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Brian Krieger, owner of American Board Up and Construction Services in St. Louis. “I’ve already purchased 500 sheets of plywood.”

He said he expects work to increase in the coming days as businesses, especially those in the Ferguson area, take precautions for the announcement. Read the rest of this entry »


Autopsy: ‘A forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy says the wounds don’t show that Brown was running away or had his hands up’

1413981682172.cached

The evidence supports Wilson’s claim that Brown’s hand was on or near his gun

The official autopsy and toxicology report on Michael Brown shows he was first shot at close range and had marijuana in his system. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has told investigators that Brown went for his gun inside the police vehicle. The autopsy shows two close-range wounds, one of which has discharge material inside it consistent with a shot as close as one inch. Brown’s blood was also found on the gun. The evidence supports Wilson’s claim that Brown’s hand was on or near his gun. A forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy says the wounds don’t show that Brown was running away or had his hands up. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Imagine if they were Patriots Fans: Ferguson Protesters Punch, Spit On Rams Fans After Parading Upside-Down American Flag

From Brendan Bordelon, at The Corner:

Fans leaving an NFL Rams game in St. Louis on Sunday were attacked by Ferguson protesters parading an upside-down American flag outside of the Edward Jones Dome. The fans were punched and spit on after some of them objected to a display they found offensive.

Local Fox affiliate KTVI caught video of a female protester spitting in the face of a fan. Another woman punched a fan in the face, carrying an upside-down American flag in her other hand. Both women were quickly arrested. Read the rest of this entry »


SNAP: Protestors in St. Louis Pose American Flag in Front of iPhone to Capture Flag-Burning as they Protest Fatal Shooting


Ferguson Officer Shot; 2 Suspects Wanted

ferguson-sept

A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.

“The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, he said. Belmar did not identify the officer or give further details about his condition. He said the officer returned fire but said police have “no indication” that either suspect was shot.”

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early Sunday that the officer approached the men around 9:10 p.m. because the community center was closed. As the officer approached, the men ran away. When the officer gave chase, “one of the men turned and shot,” Belmar said.

The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, he said. Belmar did not identify the officer or give further details about his condition. He said the officer returned fire but said police have “no indication” that either suspect was shot.

A search was underway for the suspects early Sunday in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that’s been the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Ferguson Police Officer SHOT; Details Still Emerging…UPDATE [VIDEO]

Fateful Territory

(Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen, via AP)

(Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen, via AP)

A Ferguson police officer was shot Saturday night, according to St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman. The officer, a woman, is still alive, Schellman said…

Developing…

St.Louis Dispatch

UPDATE [VIDEO] NEWS 4 KMOV.COM

UPDATE: (CNN) 

Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot, official says

A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was shot Saturday evening, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.

The officer was shot in the arm. His injuries are non-life-threatening and he is in the hospital, said Ferguson police spokesman Tim Zoll.

Police said that the officer was shot near the Ferguson community center, an area which has not been the focus of protests over the Michael Brown shooting.

The suspect remains at large, he said.

Police from multiple forces in the area responded to the scene on West Florissant Road, set up a staging area, KMOV reported…(more) 

“…Such rhetoric only ensures that more young black men resist legitimate arrests and escalate police encounters into more fateful territory.”

— Heather Mac Donald

See Heather Mac Donald’s essay – click through to City Journal for the full article.

UPDATE: ABC News- Associated Press 

(still not much information available..developing)

Authorities said a police officer was shot Saturday night in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Tim Zoll of the Ferguson Police Department told KSDK-TV that the officer was shot in the arm. Read the rest of this entry »


Reality Check: Of 163 Arrests Since Shooting, Only 7 are from Ferguson

Missouri Highway Patrol takes over the Ferguson protests

FERGUSON, Mo. AP — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb…(read more)

Associated Press – Breitbart.com


[VIDEO] Cell Phone Video: St. Louis Police Officer Shoots and Kills Kajieme Powell

Man Shot and Killed by St. Louis Police Officer

On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,ヤ he said. モIt allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos.”

Powell was suspected of shoplifting energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store. The shop owner, believing that Powell was carrying a weapon, contacted police. Another witness, Ald. Dionne Flowers, who represents the area and owns a beauty salon in the same block, noticed that Powell was acting erratically and also called police. Flowers told police she saw a second knife, though only one was recovered at the scene.

Ferguson protest at night

Rob Crilly reporting from Ferguson for The Telegraph:

Sam Dotson, St Louis Police Chief, said in a tweet that officers had responded to a call and found an apparently agitated man, armed with a knife who yelled, “Kill me now” before approaching the patrol.

Some bystanders questioned whether the man was armed and said he was accused of stealing two bottles of soda.

An angry crowd grew quickly outside the convenience store where the latest victim died.

Some young men said they planned to burn it down and accused the police of being intent on murdering young black men.

“Why didn’t they use a Taser,” said Germaine Leroy. “What are they shooting for? I’ve been shot with a Taser so I know how it incapacitates.”

The case of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a white officer, has polarised the nation. Night after night demonstrators have fought running battles with police who are struggling to maintain control. Read the rest of this entry »


[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.

(read more) NRO


Protesters in Ferguson Are Registering Voters

Registering Voters Ferguson_0

Ryan LovelaceThe CornerAugust 19, 2014 7:14 PM

 


Ferguson Protest: ‘No-Stopping’ Orders Defied, Tense Night as Demonstrators & Police Finally Wind Down

Ferg5

[Police fire tear gas as demonstrations become chaotic]

Ferg2

[Chaos erupts again in Ferguson]

Ferg1

[Ferguson protest turns tense as demonstrators reportedly defy ‘no-stopping’ orders] Read the rest of this entry »


Independent Autopsy Shows No Sign of Struggle in Michael Browns Shooting

Medical Examiner Hired by Teen’s Family Finds at Least 6 Bullet Wounds, No Sign of Struggle

FERGUSON, Mo.— For WSJ, Pervaiz Shallwani reports: A former New York City medical examiner found “no evidence of a struggle” between Michael Brown and the police officer who shot him at least six times on Aug. 9—an encounter that has sparked more than a week of unrest in this St. Louis suburb.

brown-aut

A diagram shows preliminary results of an independent autopsy done on Michael Brown, which found evidence that he was shot at least six times. Associated Press

Dr. Michael Baden and an assistant, Dr. Shawn Purcell, conducted the autopsy of Mr. Brown at the request of the teen’s family. They spent about three hours going over the 18-year-old’s wounds at a local funeral home, where the body was delivered after it was released by the St. Louis Medical Examiner.

“The attorneys here, we know too well, if you don’t have your own autopsy, and you have to depend completely on the police department’s autopsy, that’s not a good thing.”

— Attorney Benjamin Crump

The autopsy comes a week after the initial autopsy by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner. The county medical examiner’s office confirms Mr. Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times. Read the rest of this entry »


Police Deploy Tear Gas in Ferguson

tear-gas-ap

The streets of Ferguson became chaotic Sunday night just before a curfew was to be imposed for a second night. AP

Tear gas was being fired at crowds as police stood in the streets holding shields at crowds chanting “don’t shoot” while holding up their arms, which has become a symbol of protest in the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Demonstrators threw rocks at police and kicked tear gas canisters back at them.No word of injuries of arrests yet.

“Police attempted to push the demonstrators back by firing tear gas, shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful.”

Crowds holding picket signs were running through the streets, while others retreated from the police. Residents were told to clear the area by police. It was unclear what set the activity off, but it was similar to what happened Saturday night when police fired tear gas at demonstrators then.

Police attempted to push the demonstrators back by firing tear gas, shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful, the Associated Press reported. Many of the marchers retreated, but a group of about 100 stood defiantly about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley. Read the rest of this entry »


Make Cops Wear Cameras

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 13: A police officer standing watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown conceals his/her identity on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)g

FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 13: A police officer standing watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown conceals his/her identity on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A Nick Gillespie moment

TIME

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, by police. Eric Garner, a 43-year-old New Yorker, dies from a police chokehold. John Crawford III, 22, shot and killed by police in a Walmart outside of Dayton, Ohio.

Enough is enough. Each of these incidents has an unmistakable racial dimension—all of the victims were black and all or most of arresting officers were white–that threatens the always tense relationships between law enforcement and African Americans. As important, the circumstances of each death are hotly contested, with the police telling one story and witnesses (if any) offering up very different narratives.

Brown’s death in particular is raising major ongoing protests precisely because, contrary to police accounts, witnesses claim that he had his hands up in the air in surrender when he was shot. The result is less trust in police, a situation that raises tensions across the board.

View original post 441 more words


Police Identify Officer in Michael Brown Shooting, UPDATE: Brown Primary Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery Moments Before he was Killed

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

FERGUSON, Mo. — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as Darren Wilson.

“We’re here to serve and protect. We’re not here to instill fear.”

— Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats. The officer has been on administrative leave since the shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has sparked several days of clashes with furious protesters.

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 13. Reuters

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas. This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”Police Shooting Missouri

— Pedro Smith, protester 

But on Thursday, county police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of peaceful protesters. The dramatic shift came after Gov. Jay Nixon assigned oversight of the protests to the state Highway Patrol, stripping that authority from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Michael Brown was a robbery suspect before he was shot to death, police say

robbery

CNN reports: Police named the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown on Friday, then released documents containing a bombshell: The 18-year-old was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of a convenience store moments before he was killed.

Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, was responding to that call when he encountered Brown, police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters.

According to the documents, Brown roughly handled a clerk trying to stop him before walking out of the store with a box of Swisher Sweets cigars…(read more)

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas,” Pedro Smith, who has participated in the nightly protests, said Thursday. “This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

The more tolerant response came as President Barack Obama spoke publicly for the first time about Saturday’s fatal shooting — and the subsequent violence that shocked the nation and threatened to tear apart Ferguson, a town of 21,000 that is nearly 70 percent black and patrolled by a nearly all-white police force. Read the rest of this entry »


Team USA Men’s Hockey Champions Doing Donuts in Putin’s Front Yard

USA-Russia-Sochi-Oshie-Quickjpg

Breitbart Sports reports:  The United States men’s hockey team beat the Russians in a thrilling, riveting, and classic contest in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Games 34 years after the US’s “Miracle on Ice” win at Lake Placcid.

021514_oshie

The Americans won 3-2 on Saturday after the eighth round of the overtime shootout that saw Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stonewall the Russians while St. Louis’s T.J. Oshie, selected in part because of his skills in the shootout, took six of the eight shootout attempts in overtime, converting on four, including the game winner. Oshe took all five shots for the U.S. when the shootout when into extra rounds.

Read the rest of this entry »


Knockout Game Smackdown Surprise: Woman Opens a Can of Whoop-Ass on Her Attacker

can-of-whoopass

Matt Vespa reports:  Well, this participant of the knockout game probably will reconsider future engagements after being beatdown by the woman he punched and her boyfriend.

The video shows the assailant targeting the woman, who doesn’t go down after he lands his punch. She turns around and starts punching him repeatedly in the head – but, only after her boyfriend delivers an epic kick to the face.

This is the knockout game gone right!

Just to refresh everyone’s memory, the knockout game is a perverse activity where someone tries to knock an unsuspecting bystander unconscious with one punch.

CNS News


Human Events: Knockdown Games, Bigoted Receipts, and Self-inflicted HIV

ko_game

John Hayward  writes: There’s a coincidental, but illuminating, confluence of “media mythology” stories at the moment.  The first concerns a series of claims by wait staff that hateful, bigoted customers stiffed them for tips and wrote awful things on the receipt.  First there was a waitress at a Red Lobster in Tennessee who claimed her customer wrote the N-word on a receipt, a story that gained national attention and led to her collecting over $10,000 in donations from sympathetic and/or outraged people across the country.  Her story is almost certainly a hoax, based on handwriting analysis, the testimony of the allegedly offensive customer, and other data.

The new “wronged waitress” saga also appears to be a hoax.  A gay waitress in New Jersey claimed she got no tip for a sizable bill.  The customer supposedly wrote “I’m sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle” on the receipt.  After an initial burst of media hysteria, and another wave of sympathy donations from far and wide, it was determined from credit card records that a hefty tip was indeed left on the bill, and the customers are not only former restaurant employees who always leave good tips, they’re also gay marriage supporters.  They evidently made an innocuous comment based on the name of the waitress that someone in the restaurant either interpreted as offensive, or saw as a good opportunity for a fresh “bigoted receipt” hoax.  The waitress – a former Marine who has donated much of her windfall to the Wounded Warrior project – might well have been deceived along with everyone else, because some of the restaurant staff has been acting suspiciously under media scrutiny.

In both cases, social media firestorms erupted over stories that inflamed certain passions and fulfilled certain expectations.  The narratives were too good to check.  But the press is suddenly very interested in “debunking” the Knockdown Game, building off a hysterical piece in Slate that alleges – based on nothing more than the deep-seated ideological convictions of the author – that the rash of random, racially-charged attacks can’t possibly be happening.

Read the rest of this entry »


National Media, Slow to Report on Epidemic of Race Crimes, Dismisses Relevance with Breathtaking Ignorance: “Is it Really a Trend”?

12914

Knockout Trend Among Teenagers: Is It Real?

Imagine if roving gangs of violent young white hoodlums were preying on unsuspecting black people in the streets, knocking them unconscious at random- think the headlines would read like this?

Or would it be immediately treated as a National Crisis, worthy of 24-hour-a-day coverage?

TIME asks: “Local media outlets are reporting a supposed ‘Knockout’ game among teenagers: total strangers have to be knocked out with just one punch. But is it really a trend?”

Knockout Trend Among Teenagers: Is It Real? | TIME.com


Crowds Boo at Mention of Obama’s Name During National Guard Ceremony at Mizzou Football Game

barack-obama-273

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It happened again. Three months after a rodeo clown mocked the president at the Missouri State Fair, fans at a Missouri-Tennessee football game Sunday booed when Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during a halftime ceremony.

The Missouri Tigers take to the field for a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on September 8, 2012. This game marks the first for Missouri as a member of the SEC Conference. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Tigers take to the field for a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on September 8, 2012. This game marks the first for Missouri as a member of the SEC Conference. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

New members of the Missouri National Guard were being sworn in, said Chad Moller, spokesman for University of Missouri-Columbia athletics.

But during part of the oath that reads “I will obey the order of the president of the United States” members of the crowd could be heard booing, according to the Missourian.

A St. Louis County Representative said he is outraged and embarrassed. Read the rest of this entry »


GANGLAND FASHIONISTA BANDITA: HAIR EXTENSION CRIME WAVE ROCKS NATION

hairExt

Smash-and-Grab Hair Extension Theft on the Rise

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Beauty supply shops have become the new go to place to score some quick cash, if you’re a criminal that is.

This week, smash-and-grab thieves crashed their vehicles into two different south St. Louis beauty supply store taking hair extensions by the bagful.

Read the rest of this entry »