John Lott: Obama’s False Racism Claims are Putting Cops’ Lives in DangerPosted: July 9, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Self Defense, Think Tank | Tags: African American, African American hair, African-American history, Black people, Left Wing, Missouri, Racism, St. Louis, United States 1 Comment
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.”
“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.
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.
“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 »
Police: 11-Year-Old Boy Left Alone With Sister Shoots, Kills Persistent IntruderPosted: September 3, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Self Defense | Tags: CNN, Firearm, Home invasion, Intruder, Missouri, Self-defense, St. Louis, St. Louis County Leave a comment
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.
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 »
[VIDEO] CNN Last Night: Two People Shot In Ferguson As New Protests Break OutPosted: April 30, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Associated Press, Baltimore, County police, Ferguson, Missouri, Newspaper, Police officer, Protest, St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Leave a comment
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 FergusonPosted: April 21, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News | Tags: 9-1-1, Addison Street, African American, Ferguson, KTVI, Missouri, Police, Police officer, St. Louis, SWAT 2 Comments
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 RacePosted: March 17, 2015 Filed under: Food & Drink, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: #RaceTogether, Barack Obama, Barista, Howard Schultz, Los Angeles, race, Rudy Giuliani, Seattle, St. Louis, Starbucks, The New York Times, USA TODAY 2 Comments
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
The coffee is $4.25, the lecture is free. #Starbucks
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 17, 2015
Not sure what @Starbucks was thinking. I don’t have time to explain 400 years of oppression to you & still make my train. #RaceTogether
— April (@ReignOfApril) March 17, 2015
BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson, Police SayPosted: March 15, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Chief of police, Ferguson, Ferguson Police Department (Missouri), Missouri, Police, Police officer, St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Louis County Police Department, United States Department of Justice, Webster Groves 1 Comment
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 ShootingPosted: March 12, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Chief of police, CNN, Ferguson, Ferguson Police Department (Missouri), Missouri, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Police, Police officer, St. Louis, St. Louis County, United States Department of Justice 1 Comment
(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.
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.”
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.
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 UnrestPosted: March 12, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Associated Press, Chief of police, Civil Rights, Ferguson, Ferguson Police Department (Missouri), Grand jury, Gun control, Gun rights, Missouri, Police, Police officer, Robbery, St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Washington Post, United States Department of Justice 1 Comment
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.
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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 »
[PHOTO] Jets Player Wears NYPD Cap Into Stadium to Support OfficersPosted: December 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: 2014 NFL season, Arizona Cardinals, Can't Breathe, Chris Givens, Darren Wilson (musician), Edward Jones Dome, National Football League, NFC West, St. Louis, St. Louis Rams 7 Comments
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)
[VIDEO] Spiked: ‘Saturday Night Live‘ Takes on Ferguson Protests in Cut SketchPosted: December 8, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Aidy Bryant, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, James Franco, Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live, Schoolhouse Rock, St. Louis 3 Comments
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 »
[VIDEO] Split ScreenPosted: November 24, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Ferguson, Grand jury, media, Michael Brown, news, St. Louis, Twitter, Vine, White House Leave a comment
Nice juxtaposition here. https://t.co/HrBqB8xAW0
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) November 25, 2014
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.
[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 CarPosted: November 24, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: CNN, Department of Public Safety, Ferguson, Grand jury, Michael Brown, Missouri, Prosecutor, St. Louis, St. Louis County Leave a comment
People kick a St. Louis County police car: Reporter Paul Hampel is in #Ferguson RT @phampel: http://t.co/MkytQfUHi8
— STLtoday (@stltoday) November 25, 2014
Black Panther Leader Indicted On Federal Gun ChargesPosted: November 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Brother Ali, Cabela's, CBS News, Hi-Point .45 ACP, Muhammad, New Black Panther Party, Police officer, Police station, St. Louis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2 Comments
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 »
[VIDEO] Imagine if they were Patriots Fans: Ferguson Protesters Punch, Spit On Rams Fans After Parading Upside-Down American FlagPosted: October 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Edward Jones Dome, Ferguson, Flag of the United States, Fox Broadcasting Company, KTVI, Mediaite, Protest, St. Louis Leave a comment
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 ShootingPosted: October 9, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: American flag, Ferguson, iPhone, media, Protest, Selfie, St. Louis 1 Comment
Group of protestors in St. Louis burn American flags as they protest fatal shooting – http://t.co/UeRbUHHbYU pic.twitter.com/yoZSEdeDLV
— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2014
Ferguson Officer Shot; 2 Suspects WantedPosted: September 28, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: ABC News, Belmar, Chief of police, Ferguson, Police officer, St. Louis, St. Louis County Missouri Leave a comment
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]Posted: September 27, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Brian Schellman, City Journal, County police, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Police officer, Schellman, St. Louis, St. Louis County Police Department, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Leave a comment
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…
UPDATE [VIDEO] NEWS 4 KMOV.COM
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 FergusonPosted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Attorney general, Eric Holder, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Photo, Police, Protest, St. Louis Leave a comment
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 PowellPosted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere | Tags: Convenience store, Dionne Flowers, Kajieme Powell, Michael Brown, Police officer, Shooting, St. Louis 1 Comment
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.
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 »
Protesters in Ferguson Are Registering VotersPosted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, National Review, NRO, protests, St. Louis 1 Comment
Ryan Lovelace, The Corner, August 19, 2014 7:14 PM
Ferguson Protest: ‘No-Stopping’ Orders Defied, Tense Night as Demonstrators & Police Finally Wind DownPosted: August 18, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: CNN, Department of Justice, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Jay Nixon, Police, Protest, St. Louis, Tear gas Leave a comment
[Police fire tear gas as demonstrations become chaotic]
[Chaos erupts again in Ferguson]
[Ferguson protest turns tense as demonstrators reportedly defy ‘no-stopping’ orders] Read the rest of this entry »
Police Deploy Tear Gas in FergusonPosted: August 17, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Al Sharpton, Jay Nixon, Michael Brown, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Police, St. Louis 1 Comment
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 CamerasPosted: August 15, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Brown, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown, Missouri, Nick Gillespie, Police officer, St. Louis 1 Comment
A Nick Gillespie moment
Police Identify Officer in Michael Brown Shooting, UPDATE: Brown Primary Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery Moments Before he was KilledPosted: August 15, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Jay Nixon, Protest, St. Louis, St. Louis County Police Department 1 Comment
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.
“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas. This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”
— 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
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.”
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 YardPosted: February 15, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, Entertainment, Global | Tags: Jonathan Quick, Miracle on Ice, Russians, Sochi, St. Louis, T. J. Oshie, United States, Vladimir Putin 1 Comment
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.
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.
Knockout Game Smackdown Surprise: Woman Opens a Can of Whoop-Ass on Her AttackerPosted: December 9, 2013 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Justice, Knockout Game, Lansing Michigan, Self-defense, St. Louis 1 Comment
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.
National Media, Slow to Report on Epidemic of Race Crimes, Dismisses Relevance with Breathtaking Ignorance: “Is it Really a Trend”?Posted: November 22, 2013 Filed under: Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: CBS, censorship, Crown Heights Brooklyn, Knockout, media, New Jersey, New York Post, Philadelphia, Shooting of Trayvon Martin, St. Louis 8 Comments
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 GamePosted: November 5, 2013 Filed under: Education, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, KMOX, Missouri, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Fair, President of the United States, St. Louis, United States 1 Comment
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.
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 NATIONPosted: November 1, 2013 Filed under: Crime & Corruption | Tags: Artificial hair integrations, Atlanta, KMOV, LAS VEGAS, Louis, Miami, Smash and grab, St. Louis 1 Comment
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.