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Fresno Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed Man…And Lie About It

More trigger happy cops…

Graphic video debunks Fresno cops’ account in fatal shooting of unarmed mentally-ill man

Newly-released footage undermines Fresno police’s claims regarding the shooting death of a 40-year-old mentally-ill man last September.

According to the Fresno Bee, the video captures the moments leading up to the shooting of Freddy Centeno by Officers Felipe Miguel Lucero and Zebulon Price.

The footage, taken from the officers’ body cameras, shows them approach Centeno and yell, “Get on the ground” for three seconds before opening fire from about 15 feet away. The officers shot nine times at Centeno, seven of which connected. Centeno is seen falling to the ground, at which point the officers order him to put his hands up.

The victim fell into a coma and died three weeks after the incident, which prompted local protests. Deputy Chief Robert Nevarez said at the time that “Officers commanded [Centeno] to raise his hands, and he grabbed for the object in his right front pocket and raised it towards them,” but that claim is not corroborated by the footage, as Centeno’s hands remained close to his side.

The object, which police believed to be a gun, was in fact a garden hose nozzle.

The Bee also reported that the two officers were not made aware of the fact that Centeno, who lived with family members at the time of his death, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They were responding to a resident’s report that a shirtless man identified himself as a federal agent and threatened her with a gun.

The family subsequently sued the department, but did not ask for a specific damages account, and is instead asking jurors to determine an award for damages on their own. The video was released on Thursday by attorneys for Centeno’s relatives.

“I’ve been a civil rights attorney for 29 years, and I’ve never seen a police shooting this bad,” said one of the attorneys, Humberto Guizar.

I used to do this years ago at a competitive level. In those days we had “good guy” and “Bad guy targets. The first of which you don’t shoot. I also had a couple of opportunities to shot on “Police” training ranges, where there are good and bad guy targets which pop up and you have to make a split second decision to shoot or not to shoot.  They would occasionally pop up a group with a woman holding a baby, and 2 or 4 bad guys surrounding her. The first guy up on the video is Jerry Miculek, who out and out is the best in the world on pistol. He shoots exclusively for Smith and Wesson, which makes very accurate revolvers. I don’t know if they train the city and local police like that anymore…

The guys above popping off shots like that killing Centeno…Indicate not.



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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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Bar Kicks Out Two Black Women…Bad Move

Kicking two black women out of a bar is bad for business…Unless they are drunk, obnoxious to other customers, or violent (which goes for any patron). Men drink more on average, it’s true. But they drink more than that when there are women around to try and impress and socialize with. Which gets us back to most smart bar owners encouraging women to patronize their establishments as a good business move.

Kicking two black women, for apparently no good reason…Who turn out to be Attorneys for the ACLU…

Is a really bad business day.

Fresno bar kicks out two black women — and it turns out they are attorneys for the ACLU

ACLU attorneys Abre' Conner and Novella Coleman (Twitter)

A Fresno, California bar is under fire for kicking out two African-American attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union who were trying to have a night out singing karaoke, according to the ACLU.

Attorneys Abre’ Conner and Novella Coleman went to a bar called Brig. The two women were hoping for a night of karaoke and planned to sing the R&B classic, “Waterfalls,” by TLC.

“But before our song was called, a bar employee came up and said we had to buy drinks to sing karaoke,” they wrote on the ACLU’s website. “Another bartender lunged at us within inches of our faces and shouted ‘Buy drinks!’”

This despite the fact they had already bought drinks, they wrote.

“A second bartender — a very tall and large man — shouted louder and louder that we were loitering and that the bar wasn’t a hangout place,” they wrote. “Over and over again he pushed his body up against Abre’ — who is just 5’4” tall — to force her out of the bar.”

The bar is described as a “dive” on Facebook.

Conner and Coleman wrote that they were the only black customers in the bar.

“We pointed out that the bar staff was only using the rule against us and we seemed to be the only two Black people in the bar,” they wrote.

The police were called, and the police made the women leave.

“The bartender and police claimed to be exercising the business’ supposed ‘right’ to refuse service,” they wrote. “This sounds too much like when the country still had ‘colored’ sections and racially segregated water fountains. But this happened in March 2016.”

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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in The Definition of Racism


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