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Fox Lake — Police Officer Suicide?

This one burst onto the news scene about a week ago, I blogged on it in “A Good Officer Falls“. It seemed at the time to be the case of a murder of a Police Officer.

Turns out that the policeman in question may not have been shot by the “three suspects he was pursuing”…

He may not have been murdered at all. Other sources are reporting that Lt Gliniewicz was only shot once, and that the coroner has refused to state where.

There is still more evidence to process, which may definitively prove things one way or another.

Illinois officer’s death may have been a suicide, evidence suggests

Illinois police are looking into the possibility that a Fox Lake officer’s death was a suicide, according to reports.

Fox Lake Lt. Charles (Joe) Gliniewicz, 52, was found mortally wounded after reporting he was chasing down three suspects with vague descriptions on Sept. 1. His death sparked a massive manhunt with 400 officers, but no arrests have been made and the suspects have not been found.

Authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide. The Lake County Coroner, Thomas Rudd, said he couldn’t say whether it was a suicide, an accident or a homicide without further evidence.

“Every theory is being looked at,” Lake County Sheriff’s detective Chris Covelli told the Chicago Tribune. “Nothing has been eliminated at this point.”

Unnamed sources close to the investigation said evidence is mounting that the fatal shot was self-inflicted, according to the Chicago Tribune and Fox News.

Gliniewicz was shot twice, with one bullet hitting his Kevlar vest and the other bullet piercing his chest from a downward trajectory, sources told Fox News. Shell casings were found about 100 feet apart from each other near the body, which was found face-down.

His service weapon was found close to his body, which appeared to have no self-defense wounds, sources said. Ballistics and gun residue test results are expected to determine whether Gliniewicz was shot with his own weapon.

Police are also awaiting DNA tests to see if some found at the scene matches that in a criminal database.

Authorities discounted some of the reports claiming suicide was a possibility, claiming a disgraced retired cop served as one of the anonymous sources. They said Joseph A. Battaglia, 54, threatened police to rule the death a suicide and may have given reporters false tips.

But investigators have been clashing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Detectives, who have been tight-lipped throughout, called out Rudd for releasing information that could jeopardize the investigation last week. On Monday, they held a meeting with one of his employees without Rudd’s knowledge.


Posted by on September 16, 2015 in News


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Accused Killer of Texas Deputy Had Long History of Violent Mental Illness

The man currently accused of killing the Deputy in Harris County, Texas, not only had a rap sheet, but in 2012 was considered non competent to stand trial due to mental illness and sent to a mental health center of 6 months before being released. No motive has been established in the case yet – despite the blubbering of the County Sheriff on National TV. Texas has some of the loosest gun laws in the world, so it is no surprise a guy with felony convictions and being incarcerated in a mental health institution could easily get a gun.


Shannon Miles, Man Suspected Of Killing Texas Deputy, Had History Of Mental Illness

A man charged with murder in the ambush of a suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a history of mental illness and was once declared mentally incompetent, according to authorities and his former attorney.

Shannon J. Miles, 30, was being held without bond after an initial court hearing Monday. Prosecutors accuse him of opening fire from behind on Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday night in what the sheriff called a “cold-blooded assassination.”

Goforth was shot 15 times, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in court.

Anderson would not comment on a motive, saying investigators were still trying to figure that out. When asked if it might be connected to heightened tensions around the country between law enforcement and civilians, Anderson said, “I have no idea whether it does or not.” This weekend, Sheriff Ron Hickman said the attack was “clearly unprovoked,” that authorities believe the 47-year-old deputy was targeted because he was in uniform and there is no evidence Goforth knew Miles.

Anthony Osso, one of Miles’ two court-appointed attorneys, told The Associated Press that his client intends to plead not guilty.

Miles’ criminal history dates back to 2005 and includes an arrest in Austin in 2012 that led to Miles being sent to a state mental hospital for several months.

In 2012, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office charged Miles with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he got into a fight at a homeless shelter over a remote control, prosecutor Joe Frederick said. Miles was found to be mentally incompetent in October 2012 and he was sent to North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, Texas.

“From this case, you could never tell what would happen” in the future, Frederick said, adding prosecutors treated the case as a “very serious offense” and had offered Miles a plea agreement of seven years in prison. Miles was declared mentally competent in February 2013, but the charge was dropped after the victim could not be located, Frederick said.

Jon Evans, Miles’ attorney in the Austin case, said medical privacy laws prevent him from offering any details about Miles’ mental illness history. But he was told by Miles’ mother that her son had a lifelong history of mental illness.

At the time of the case in 2012, Miles “suffered from severe mental illness,” Evans said.

Miles also has three convictions for resisting or evading arrest, as well as convictions for disorderly conduct with a firearm, criminal mischief and giving false information to police. Records show he was sentenced to several short stints in jail, anywhere from six to 10 days.

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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism


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When It’s Not Black-on-Black Crime

Check out the following chart. It track the number of Mass Shootings per day in the US for Calendar Year 2015 –

Now – Most (not all) Mass Shooters are white, and most (not all) of their victims are white. They can occur anywhere, from the shopping mall, in Church, or at the Movie Theater. They are not based on economics or limited by location. The biggest threat to white, middle class America is one of their own, walking into a school and blasting away at everyone in sight – not a pair of black gang-bangers, within 7 miles of an urban center, going at it Gangsta style on the street.

So why the conservative interest in black-on-black crime?

Just another way racism makes conservatives stupid.

And why is the FBI covering up for this?

Virginia killings: America is now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015

August 26 is the 238th day of the year. And with the fatal shooting in Virginia — in which a gunman shot himself after killing two reporters and wounding one more person — plus the shooting of four during a Minneapolis home invasion, the number of mass shooting incidents in the US has risen to 247 for the year.

These numbers are compiled by the moderators of the GunsAreCool subreddit, a sarcastically named community that tracks gun violence in America. They define “mass shooting” as any single incident in which at least four people are shot, including the gunman. The tracker comes in for some criticism because its definition is broader than the FBI’s definition, which requires three or more people to be killed by gunfire. But the broader definition is nonetheless a useful one, because it captures many high-profile instances of violence — like the recent Lafayette theater shootings — that don’t meet the FBI’s criteria.

Some gun rights advocates — like John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center — object that the broader definition includes a lot of gang killings and domestic disputes that the average person wouldn’t necessarily consider a “mass shooting.” But there’s an uncomfortable assumption here that some crime victims’ lives should be valued differently — or are less worthy of  attention — than others.

A more expansive definition of “mass shooting” underscores the extent to which firearms make it relatively easy to hurt large numbers of people in a very short time. With a gun, you’re able to inflict bodily harm on a person once they’re in your line of sight. With something like a knife or your hands, you need to get right up close to a person.

There’s no easy fix to gun violence in this country. As gun rights proponents are quick to point out, municipalities with strict gun laws, like Chicago and D.C., see more than their fair share of gun crime. But it’s nevertheless a fact that the level of gun violence we see in the US is like nothing seen in other wealthy Western nations.

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in The New Jim Crow, Domestic terrorism


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Hot Mess Momma Blasts BLM

Hot Mess Momma goes off on BLM Movement confusing personal responsibility with reality. Her spout out is music to white conservative racist ears, as this misguided matron confuses the fact that there already are substantive efforts to reduce the violence level in her community with BLM which was formed in part to make the Police and Justice Departments more responsible to the communities they serve. Building back from a broken trust, which is of in itself a major contributor and enabler of violence.

South Carolina officer shoots unarmed white teen during pot bust

With the typical response from the right –

#WhiteLivesDon’tMatter to the Media: Unarmed White Teen Killed by Cops, Hardly Any Press Coverage

Pretending that resolving the issue of Police Accountability does absolutely nothing for anyone else in America, and second – in every single case of a black kid killed by a white policeman… the white right has sided with the Police, and consistently adheres to calling the black victim “thugs” portraying that they deserved their own demise.

Next, lest turn that bigot “black-on-black crime” meme around. 92% of white murders are white-on-white. Furthermore the white male suicide rate is 3-8 times higher than the total murder rate. So why aren’t the white people’s party taking responsibility for the more than 35,000 young white men who commit suicide a year? Why exactly haven’t they stepped up to stop this carnage?

For every two firearm murders you hear about, three other people kill themselves. As a recent “New York Times” article noted, “Nearly 20,000 of the 30,000 deaths from guns in the United States in 2010 were suicides, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national suicide rate has climbed by 12 percent since 2003, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers.”

This poor lady needs someone to put the fuse back on…So she can turn on the light.



Illinois Mom’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Rant Goes Viral

Peggy Hubbard, an Illinois mother has a message for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and she took to Facebook to voice her concerns.

In a video posted to her Facebook page, Hubbard believes that the outraged towards the Aug. 19 St. Louis police shooting and subsequent protest of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey who she calls a “thug”was misdirected. She compares the community’s concern over Ball-Bey’s shooting with the lack of outrage in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden Aug. 18. Jamyla was shot in the chest while she sat inside her Ferguson, Mo. home finishing her homework. Bolden was killed by a stray bullet believed to have been fired during a drive-by shooting.

“Last night, who do you think they protested for? The thug, the criminal, because they’re howling, ‘police brutality,'” Hubbard ask during her rant posted Aug. 20 and has been viewed some 4 million times.  “Are you kidding me? Police brutality? How about black brutality? A little girl is dead. You say black lives matter? Her life mattered. Her dreams mattered. Her future mattered. Her promises mattered. It mattered.”

Hubbard served in the Navy, according to her Facebook page, and is a straight shooter who currently lives in Illinois but is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In the video she notes that a single mother raised her and that she currently has a son in prison that she turned into the police.

“Let me tell you something. I got a kid locked up. Oh yeah, I put him there. I turned his ass in. Yes I did because I’m a strong black woman. I am a black mother. I told my children that if you f–k up, if you go to jail, I am not getting you out. You will stay there. You will do the time. I’m not putting nothing on your books, I am not coming to visit you. I ain’t sending you magazines. I’m not shit for you because I did everything I could for you out here and yet you chose to go in there. F–k you…..”

“If you don’t care about me and your father working and putting in time and effort to raise you and be there for you. And we took note of everything you were interested in. And yet your stupid ass ends up in there. Then you belong in there. Don’t drop the soap. That is what I told my son.”

Since the video’s release she notes that she has received some messages of encouragement and some calling her names not fit to print but, she adds in a recent Facebook post:

“Yes, I lashed out and gave it back. But, the high road is where I need to stay. I will not jump on your “hate white people!” I’m not built that way. I am not viable to my black community because I am not jumping on YOUR bandwagon to, hate the police, hate white people, scream racism, be “anti-government? Sorry to disappoint! But my momma did[sic] raise any fools. If your [sic] are standing around pointing blame? START WITH YOURSELVES! I speak from experience. You want “black lives matter?” Then START WITH YOUR BLACK LIFE!”

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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Black Conservatives, Domestic terrorism


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Twisted – Freddy Gray and MLK


Yeah…I got a problem with this. Putting Freddy Gray, a victim of out of control police violence in Baltimore next to Martin Luther King seems a bit of appropriation that just doesn’t belong here. Martin developed a philosophy, moved a nation with his words, and fought against the forces of Jim Crow oppression, and ultimately gave his life. He stood up, knowing exactly the extent to which racist forces in America would go, suffering imprisonment and beatings for the simple act of non-violent resistance, and ultimately being murdered. Gray was a street kid and a drug dealer. Which doesn’t make his murder right at the hands of Baltimore Cops…But he “ain’t no hero” in terms of what he may or may not have accomplished while alive. He is a small part of a black community which suffers in small part due to his illicit acts.

Injustice in this case was a purely personal event.

Seems folks worry more about the racial background of a few folks working to end this type of injustice…Than the fact those folks are working for the betterment of the entire American community.

And no – I am not buying into the black-on-black crime racist meme – because all crime in a largely segregated America is intra-racial. Crime is more a statement of opportunity, than any wall painted large of cultural or racial dysfunction. The most dangerous thing for the BlackLivesMatter movement is an identification with the victim, instead of a disgust and opposition to the crime, and it ever happening again. I don’t think (and I hope) that is any secret to the folks at BlackLivesMatter.

3 year old Mckenzie Elliot, whose murderer has yet to be brought to justice.


“He shouldn’t be up there with Martin Luther King”: A mural of Freddie Gray with the civil rights leader provokes disgust, on my ride-along with the Baltimore Police

The streets are quiet tonight in West Baltimore. I’m in the backseat of a car on a ride-along with two Baltimore City police officers in late May, nearly a month after the riots following the death of Freddie Gray. There have been 26 murders this month to date, a number that will leapfrog to 43 before May draws to a close.

The media is calling this a “surge in violence” and touting theories to account for the spike, everything from officer apathy to a plethora of looted prescription drugs flooding the market and causing gang violence, but tonight the streets of West Baltimore are largely deserted. We see one group of young men hanging on a corner and a few kids pedaling around on bikes, but otherwise it’s eerily quiet.

I’ve come on this ride-along because I want to see for myself what’s happening on the streets in the wake of the riots. Many of stories told by the media have sympathized either with the protesters or with the police, thus setting up an “us versus them” dynamic that feels reductive.

I don’t buy into this good guy/bad guy type of narrative. I don’t believe that the majority of the rioters were bad people or that the majority of police officers are bloodthirsty brutes. What I believe is that most of the rioters were good people engaging in bad behavior and that most of the police are good officers doing the best they can while working in deeply flawed system, a system that revolves around the “War on Drugs,” a system that targets poor, black neighborhoods.

We ride by the burned-out CVS and the boarded-up buildings. We slow down next to the huge mural that has been painted on the side of a row house in Sandtown-Winchester, close to the spot where Freddie Gray was first arrested. Two chimney-like structures divide the mural into three panels. In the center is a huge painting of Freddie Gray’s face; on the left Martin Luther King Jr. is depicted marching with a group of protesters, and on the right, Freddie Gray’s family also marches.

We all stare at the mural in silence for a moment. It reminds me of the statue that towers outside of Baltimore’s Penn Station, which features two bisecting body profiles, one male and one female. Baltimoreans either love or hate this polarizing piece of art. Whenever I look at it, I both understand it and question it, which is the same way I felt when the riots occurred.

The riots made no sense to me and yet, they made perfect sense. For years, I’ve heard stories from young, black men about their experiences with the cops — young men who have been pulled over without cause, who have been illegally searched, who have been spoken to disrespectfully. Some have been physically assaulted.

I have also been witness to some of these acts on a handful of ride-alongs that I went on several years ago with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). I went with the goal of writing about the fraying relationship between the BPD and the black community, but every time I tried to put pen to paper, the task felt impossibly complex.

On one of the ride-alongs, I watched a car full of young black men dressed in bright polo shirts and cocked ball caps get pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The driver of the vehicle handed over his license and explained that he was a college student, and that he and his friends were on their way to meet some friends.

The young man was polite and respectful, but it was easy to see that getting pulled over like this was not a new experience for him. There was a lilting impatience in his voice, the slightest tinge of angry exasperation that he attempted to keep tucked away. After the young man answered a few questions, the officers let him off without issuing any sort of traffic citation.

I remember watching him drive off and wondering what he would do with the remnants of that anger that he’d kept so neatly tucked beneath those polite answers. I have long wondered where that young man and all the others like him put their anger over this kind of degradation.

But I stopped wondering on the day of the riots; when I saw the images of young people lobbing bricks, stomping on cars and looting stores. There, I thought, the anger is right there.

The riot was a release. A giant exhale on a long held breath that has been waiting for the proverbial arc of justice to bend toward it.

“He shouldn’t be up there with Martin Luther King,” one of the officers finally says of the Freddie Gray mural, a note of disgust in his voice.

These officers, one Caucasian, one Hispanic, knew Freddie Gray long before the media ever uttered his name. At the station where we started the night, there were photographs of Gray hanging on the wall. In the photos, he was surrounded by a posse of baby-faced young men who mugged for the camera. In one picture, Gray held up his middle finger. There were handwritten numbers above the head of each of the young men and below a list of names that corresponded with the numbers.

When these officers look at this larger-than-life mural with Gray in the center, they see a drug dealer next to the greatest civil rights leader of all time and they can’t seem to make sense of that.

“Put that little girl up there. McKenzie. Not him,” the officer says.

He is referring to 3-year-old McKenzie Elliot, who was killed in a drive-by shooting last August. “Why weren’t there riots for her? That, I would understand.”

McKenzie Elliot and Freddie Gray — the former was presumably killed by drug dealers (although nobody has been arrested despite the fact that the crime occurred in front of multiple witnesses), the latter indisputably died in police custody….More


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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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Morgan Freeman Step-Granddaughter Killed

Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter stabbed to death in NYC

A man is in police custody Sunday after the step-granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman was found stabbed to death in Washington Heights.

Police were called around 2:54 a.m. a building on 162nd Street near St. Nicholas Avenue, the NYPD told CBS New York.

The woman was found lying on the street in front of the building, police said. She was rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The woman was identified as Edena Hines, 33, of Washington Heights.

Freeman released a statement about her death.

“The world will never know her artistry in talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person,” Freeman said in the statement. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene, police said. He was being held under police guard at NewYork Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center.

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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Domestic terrorism


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Not Just Black Victims of Police Violence

This one comes straight out of the “Handbook” on the murder of unarmed black civilians for minor infractions…

Except the victim in this case wasn’t black…or Hispanic.

Witness saw cops stand over Zachary Hammond’s dead body and ‘high five’ his limp hand: attorney

In a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney General and the FBI Director asking for a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Zachary Hammond, the attorney for the slain teen’s family claims he has a witness who saw Seneca Police Department officers celebrate the shooting by “high-fiving” the teen’s lifeless body.

According to Fox Carolina, the letter details other accusations against officers involved in the shooting including a witness saying an officer pulled the teen’s body from his car and then placed something beneath it.

The 19-year-old Taylor was killed in a Hardee’s parking lot in late July after being shot twice by Lt. Mark Tiller who claimed the teen drove his car directly at him while he was  attempting to make a drug bust.

“The driver accelerated and came toward the officer. He fired two shots in self-defense, which unfortunately were fatal for the suspect,” explained Chief John Covington.

A private pathologists’ report found that Hammond was shot twice, once in the left shoulder from behind and once in the left side of his chest.

According to the letter sent by Taylor family attorney Eric Bland, a witness states “… the officer who opened Zachary’s door and pulled his dead body from the vehicle then went ‘to the trunk of his police car and pulled (SIC) something out. The officer walked back over to the man on the ground rolled him over to his side, put something underneath his body, and then rolled him back.’”

The letter goes on to state, “…a police officer with a neighboring police force has confirmed to SLED that the Seneca Police Department celebrated the killing of Zachary by desecrating his corpse. After Zachary had been shot and killed, member(s) of the Seneca Police Department lifted his dead hand and ‘high fived’ Zachary Hammond.”

The case is currently under consideration for a federal civil rights probe, with the State Law Enforcement Division agents denying a formal request to turn over body cam footage of the incident to the media prior to finishing their investigation.

Officer Tiller is currently on administrative leave.

Makes you wonder if the conservatives who attack every black victim of an illicit Police shooting will try and “dirty up” Hammonds reputation, and accuse him of being a “thug” who was rightfully shot by “heroic” Police…

Makes you wonder is the same conservatives will be spamming the Internet with “Don’t resist” as they have in every case where the victim was black, no matter how egregious the Officer’s actions were.

Perhaps when enough of those white conservative’s children run into that very small portion of “Bad Cops” who shoot first, then lie about what happened…

A few of those still lucid enough after Faux News indoctrination…Will wake up.


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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Domestic terrorism


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