Posted: July 22, 2016 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Health and Social Issues, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: #BackTheBlue, #WhiteHouseBlue, All Lives Matter, Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Democratic Party (United States), Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Malkin, Protest, Republican Party (United States), The Washington Examiner, War on Cops, White House |
Kristina Taylor reports: A Friday night gathering of supporters of law enforcement officers at the White House led by conservative author Michelle Malkin, retired New York City police officer John Cardillo and Cameron Gray (NRA News) aims to light the White House in blue to honor fallen officers in defiance of the pointed refusal of President Barack Obama to show the same level of support he has shown same sex marriage and breast cancer awareness activists.
The pro-police rally will be held at Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House at 7:45 p.m. Attendees are being encouraged to bring blue lights and tributes to fallen officers. Blue glow sticks will be handed out for those without their blue lights.
Text of statement posted to Facebook by Michelle Malkin:
“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.” -Donald Trump just now. Can I get an AMEN? Trump’s forceful defense of our men & women in blue tonight at the GOP Convention is one of the top reasons I will unapologetically support him over lawless Hillary in November. How about you? If you are in the D.C. area tomorrow night, please meet me for #bluelightfriday at the White House at sundown! I’ll be holding vigil for the fallen with my friend, former NYPD officer John Cardillo, and many other retired/active-duty LEOs and friends/families/supporters of LEOs. We’re lighting the White House blue since Obama won’t do it. We’ll have blue glow sticks for everyone – or bring your own best blue lights and tributes for our fallen. Details ===>
The Obama administration refused a request by a federal law enforcement officers union to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the Dallas officer murdered by a Black Lives Matter supporter earlier this month.
[Read the full story here, at thegatewaypundit.com]
Press Secretary Josh Earnest publicly declined the request at a press briefing in respinse to a question by Fox News’ Kevin Corke.
On Monday the Obama administration again declined to turn the White House blue after the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers this past Sunday by another Black Lives Matter supporter. Again it was Kevin Corke asking Josh Earnest, reported the Washington Examiner. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 21, 2016 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Health and Social Issues, Mediasphere, Think Tank, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Baton Rouge, Crime, Dallas, Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Gibbs, Police Shootings, Race in America, The Federalist, United States Department of Justice, War on Cops |
John Gibbs writes: President Obama held a nationally televised town hall last week to address heightened tensions and divisions in our society due to recent shootings of black criminals by police, and the recent shootings of police officers in Dallas. Just days after the event, three police officers in Baton Rouge were assassinated, further highlighting the high stakes for how the president handles this issue.
I was invited to attend last week’s town hall and ask the president a question, but ultimately could not make it. But I did watch it at home, and would like to highlight some key points President Obama did not to make, which could have begun the process of healing and reconciliation.
Indeed, Sunday’s execution of three police officers in Baton Rouge shows what can happen when the president creates an atmosphere of racial victimization and blames police. So it is critical that Obama develops a new message that takes us in the right direction before things get worse and there’s another incident.
With that in mind, here are the statements President Obama should have included in his remarks last week.
1. ‘We Must, Must, Must Reduce the Black Crime Rate’
The black crime rate is significantly higher than that of other races. Yes, some would claim this is due to institutionalized racism or a lack of job opportunities. However, black crime was much lower in past eras when discrimination against black people was much higher, and the economic position of black people was much worse, than today. So that can be no excuse.
[Read the full story here, at thefederalist]
President Obama should have talked about how the overall crime rate for black people is three times higher than the national average. He should have noted how blacks commit homicide at a rate eight times higher than whites do, according to Department of Justice data. Even though blacks and Hispanics combined make up only 30 percent of the population, they make up more than 80 percent of all gang members in the United States. He should also have talked how even though black folks are only 13 percent of the population, we commit about 62 percent of all robberies and 56 percent of all carjackings. Obama should have then asked: “Is this really what Dr. King died for?”
2. ‘We Must Put the Black Family Back Together’
Even though the studies clearly show that children born into single-parent homes have worse outcomes in nearly every area, sadly, today about 72 percent of black kids are born to unwed mothers. This has created a whole new generation of troubled young men who have an increased likelihood of entering a life of crime and getting themselves into altercations with the police that create these divisive incidents we see on the news.
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Posted: July 18, 2016 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Baltimore, Barry Slotnick, Cops, Lt. Brian Rice, Marilyn Mosby, War on Cops |
Legal analysts ripped Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges against the three remaining police officers or risk more embarrassment in the courtroom.
“Though they may have been ordered by Mosby to do what they did, that is no defense. Every prosecutor has an individual obligation. They aren’t some minions way down below on the chain that really have no choice. These are the two major people in charge of making the decisions. I think they are as guilty of ethical violations as she.”
What’s more, John Banzhaf, an activist law professor at George Washington University, said he would file a complaint Tuesday with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission calling for the disbarment of the lead prosecutors in the trials of the six police officers accused of wrongdoing in the 2015 arrest and death of the 25-year-old black man.
The pointed criticism came Monday after Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted of all charges for his role in Gray’s arrest and death. The lieutenant was the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was the third consecutive loss for prosecutors. Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been scheduled.
“It’s quite clear that the prosecution should not continue on. The prosecution in the next three cases should strongly make a suggestion in court — on the record — that these cases have not been proven and will not be proven and therefore they should be dismissed.”
But legal analysts said any subsequent trials should be canceled. They noted prosecutors’ failure to convict the most senior officer involved in Gray’s arrest (Lt. Rice) and the driver of the police van in which Gray’s neck was broken (Officer Caesar Goodson).
“It’s quite clear that the prosecution should not continue on,” said Barry Slotnick, a prominent defense lawyer who has followed the trials in the Gray case. “The prosecution in the next three cases should strongly make a suggestion in court — on the record — that these cases have not been proven and will not be proven and therefore they should be dismissed.”
“It’s rather sad. The fact of the matter is that I think this prosecution was commenced by people who were concerned about community reaction. People should not be accused of a crime to have a community satisfied. It’s absolutely inappropriate.”
Still, Mr. Slotnick said it’s unlikely that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will drop the remaining trials. He attributed her filing of charges against the six officers to an intent to appease the community.
“It’s rather sad,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that I think this prosecution was commenced by people who were concerned about community reaction. People should not be accused of a crime to have a community satisfied. It’s absolutely inappropriate.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 17, 2016 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Health and Social Issues, Law & Justice, Terrorism, U.S. News | Tags: Baton Rouge, Cop Killer, Dallas, Police, War on Cops |
It’s a dangerous time to be a cop.
Erica Evans and Razzan Nakhlawi report: When five police officers were killed and nine wounded in an attack during a protest march in Dallas on July 7, it rattled the nation.
Ten days later, three officers were killed and three injured in Baton Rouge, La., as they were responding to a call about a suspicious person with an assault rifle.
“A direct attack on an officer like this is not common. It was a very open and very blatant ambush.”
Between the two attacks, law enforcement officers from Georgia to Michigan were shot in incidents that drew far less attention but have added to the growing sense that it’s a dangerous time to be a cop.
With the Dallas shootings, 31 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty so far this year, compared with 18 officers who had died at this point in 2015, according the statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
“Certainly there is a climate now — and the Dallas case indicates that there is a climate now — that certainly should have police on guard.”
Nick Breul, director of research for the memorial fund and a former Washington, D.C., police officer, said that there have also been a number of surprise attacks targeting and killing police officers.
“As we see increases, it becomes very concerning, particularly when you see increases in the cases of the nature of Dallas,” Breul said.
[Read the full story here, at LA Times]
“Certainly there is a climate now — and the Dallas case indicates that there is a climate now — that certainly should have police on guard,” he added.
A black Army veteran, Lakeem Keon Scott, targeted police in a shooting on July 7 along a highway in Bristol, Tenn., authorities said. One woman was killed and three other people were injured, including one officer who is white. Scott was charged with one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted first-degree murder. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 8, 2016 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Health and Social Issues, Self Defense, Terrorism, U.S. News | Tags: Ambush, Crime, Dallas Massacre, Police, Police officer, War on Cops |
Dallas police chief David Brown says a gunman that was holed up downtown expressed anger for Black Lives Matter and only wanted to shoot white police officers. He was killed after police sent in a bomb robot.
“That’s certainly a concern for us. It’s troubling and it’s something that we watch. It’s really an assassination. You’re taking advantage of an officer and you’re ensuring that you’re able to kill them through them either being vulnerable or through a complete surprise attack.”
— Nick Breul, director of research for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
The number of police officers shot and killed in the USA is 44% higher than at this time last year following the Dallas ambush Thursday night that left five officers dead, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The deaths of four Dallas police officers and one Dallas transit officer from sniper fire during a protest in the city Thursday raised the national total of firearm deaths among police to 26. This compares with 18 at this point in time in 2015, said Nick Breul, director of research for the fund in Washington, D.C.
Breul said it was also the latest of 11 ambushes of police officers so far this year across the country, already outpacing the eight ambushes of law enforcement that occurred last year.
“That’s certainly a concern for us. It’s troubling and it’s something that we watch,” Breul, a former Washington, D.C., police officer, said about the shootings. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 1, 2015 | Author: Pundit Planet | Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Ballistic trauma, Bede, Chicago, Chicago Loop, Chicago Tribune, Elementary school, Manhunt, Pepper spray, Police officer, War on Cops, WGN-TV, White people |
Officer died at scene, found without his gun, equipment
AWR Hawkins reports: According to CBS Chicago, “Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Chris Covelli said, around 7:50 a.m., the officer radioed he was pursuing three suspects, after looking into their ‘suspicious activity.’ Police lost radio contact with the officer, who was later found with a gunshot wound.”
Police indicate that the trio consists of two white males and one black male. CBS Chicago points to “unconfirmed reports” that the trio may have taken the fallen “officer’s gun and pepper spray.”
The manhunt appears to be centered “on a marshy area off Rainier Way and Rollins Road.” Read the rest of this entry »