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Killer Finally Charged in McNight Murder

Some odd “justice” there in Louisiana in terms of the relwase of the accused and the charges against him. Oddly, I know the sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Newell Normand. He is a bit on the excitable side, but is a good Cop who will dig for the facts relentlessly.

However I do think the murderer, Ronald Gasser is getting off lightly with a manslaughter charge, instead of murder – especially with his past history of violence.I am hoping the District Attorney for the Parish pursues a First Degree Murder charge.

 

Joe McKnight shooting: Man charged after ex-NFL player’s death

Ronald Gasser (Source: JPSO)The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday, after initially being released last week without charges pending further investigation, jail records show.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand  has said Thursday’s shooting was the result of an apparent road-rage incident.

Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car while McKnight stood outside and then gave his handgun to deputies when they arrived at the scene soon afterward, Normand said. Authorities said no weapon was found on or near McKnight’s body.

In an interview with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, members of McKnight’s family said that they were not upset by the fact that Gasser was not immediately charged, but by the fact that that their loved one will never come home again

Johanna and Jonathan McKnight want justice for their brother, and said they are willing to wait.

“We don’t want anything to be rushed to judgment. We just want it to be taken care of the right way,” Johanna McKnight said.

A report issued by the sheriff’s office said he was involved in a previous incident at the same intersection in February 2006. Gasser got into a “verbal altercation” with another driver, then followed the driver into a service station and “began to strike him with a closed fist,” according to the sheriff’s office. A charge of simple battery was later dismissed.

“What would you say to a community that’s outraged?” Duncan asked Johanna and Jonathan McKnight.

“I would tell them like I tell people here. You can be outraged but you can do it within yourself,” Johanna McKnight said. “Just do it in a peaceful manner because that’s not what my brother stood for, that’s not what we stand for.”

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor the former running back.

McKnight was rated the nation’s No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Cop Who Murdered Walter Scott Walks Free

As predicted. You pick 11 people at random in the South for a Jury – you are going to get at least 1 racist asshole.

 

 

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Speaking of White People Acting Stupidly – CVS Employees Hide When Black Customer Arrives

This has to be the epitome of stupid. The CVS in my area have a refrigerated food section where they sell not only milk, but eggs, bacon, and …sliced cheese in a small Dairy case So asking for the product isn’t unreasonable.

CVS employees lock themselves in backroom and call police after black customer asks to buy cheese

A late night trip to a local CVS store by two black men to buy some sliced cheese turned into a run-in with police after panicked store employees hid in a locked backroom and called the cops, reports WATE.

According to Ricky Berry, he and his roommate Philip Blackwell went to a CVS store in Carytown, Virginia in search of cheese.

After asking an employee if the store carried cheese, and being told it did not, Berry said the staffer and other employees who had been on floor disappeared.

“We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody,” Blackwell said, adding that they discovered another customer, attempting to purchase Oragel for a bad tooth, who also couldn’t find anyone to help him.

Berry stated that a police officer showed up and helped them search the store only to discover the employees huddled in a back room behind locked doors.

“He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,” Berry said, before adding that the officer made a few calls after which he told them they’d have to leave.

“We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,” Berry said, “He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.”

The two men said they attempted to contact the store manager and were unsuccessful, but did receive an apology from a CVS spokesperson who said the employee who called the police was being counseled and retrained.

 

 

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Cops Tired of White Folks Calls on Black Neighbors

 

These cops are tired of white people getting freaked out by their black neighbors

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“People, please stop making my job so difficult.”

That’s the opening of a discussion in “ProtectAndServe,” reddit’s community of law enforcement officers. The poster, who goes by the handle “sf7” and has been verified as a law enforcement officer by the forum’s moderators, goes on:

So I’m working last week and get dispatched to a call of ‘Suspicious Activity.’ Ya’ll wanna know what the suspicious activity was? Someone walking around in the dark with a flashlight and crow bar? Nope. Someone walking into a bank with a full face mask on? Nope.

It was two black males who were jump starting a car at 930 in the morning. That was it. Nothing else. Someone called it in.

People. People. People. If you’re going to be a racist, stereotypical jerk…keep it to yourself.

Other forum users sympathize. One tells a story about someone asking the cops to investigate a middle-aged black man fishing in his own community. Another was asked to respond to a report of two Middle Eastern guys sitting in the same car. Another laments that “we frequently get calls about black men and woman and kids, yes [expletive] kids, walking. Like WWB [walking while black] was actually a crime and not a Twitter joke.”

The stories pile on. A white security officer tells of the year he and his black wife lived in an apartment complex. “She got cops called a total of 9 times in the year we lived there I got zero,” he says. A retired cop recalls the time a “lady called scared to death because some black guy was sitting in his truck across from her house” — it was the water meter reader.

These are simply anecdotes on a public website. But they illustrate an aspect of the relationship between cops and minority communities that doesn’t get much attention.

In stories like Ferguson and Baltimore, we tend to focus on the relationship between police and minority communities as if it were purely binary and took place in a vacuum. But the Reddit thread shows that cops can become frustrated by the frequency with which some members of a community — most likely white people — call the authorities.

This issue can be particularly acute in gentrifying communities. According to local D.C. news site HillNow.com, in the H Street region of Washington D.C. last year, police held a community forum to discuss concerns about racial profiling. “You have a lot of people here who haven’t lived in an urban neighborhood who are calling police for a lot of new things,” police chief Cathy Lanier said.

One of the community residents agreed. “A couple of guys walk through an alley like they’ve done their whole lives, and the newly arrived neighbors think something untoward is happening,” he said.Image result for white people black neighbors

But it can happen in new communities too. NPR reported last year on the case of the Mueller community near Austin Texas, a new and racially diverse development where tensions between black and white neighbors arose.

The problem? White residents were viewing many of their black neighbors with suspicion. One black homeowner noticed people would snap pictures of his car as he drove around. Another had the cops called on him after he picked up an office chair in an alley that another resident had left out for free.

Plenty of African Americans, particularly men, can tell harrowing stories of times they’ve done something normal that somebody else interpreted as “suspicious.” President Obama’s had experience with this himself.

From the reddit thread, it’s clear that many cops hate the thought of racially profiling their community members. They’re embarrassed by having to check in on behavior that they know is almost certainly 100 percent innocuous.

Sf7, the cop who started the thread, says he has a strategy for dealing with these calls. He’ll approach the “suspicious person,” and “I will roll up and ask them if they need any help. If they need help, I will help them start their vehicle. If they don’t, I will leave. I am not going to waste their time because some random ***** is being racist. Nope.”

It’s a good reminder that the problem of American race relations goes far beyond the interactions between police and black communities.

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Posted by on November 26, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Alabama Cop Indicted For Murder of Black Man

This is two serious charges in a week for Police murder along with that of Philandro Castile…

Enjoy this short spate of Justice while it lasts, with Jeff Sessions as the New Chumph appointee for US Attorney General – we are headed back to Jim Crow.

Alabama police officer indicted on murder charge

An Alabama grand jury indicted Montgomery police officer Aaron “A.C.” Smith on a murder charge Friday in connection with the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, the district attorney told CNN.

No trial date was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey. Smith was charged with murder in March, less than a week after the killing.
Aaron "A.C." Smith

Aaron “A.C.” Smith

“A state Bureau of Investigation Agent, Magistrate, District Court Judge and now a Grand Jury have all determined probable cause that Aaron C. Smith should be charged with the crime of Murder,” Bailey said in a statement. “A jury will determine his guilt or innocence.”
The website al.com reported that Smith’s attorney, Mickey McDermott, says Smith is innocent.
“We intend to vigorously defend his rights,” he said. “We believe that he acted within the line and scope of his duty, his training, and within the law,” McDermott told the website.
Gunn, a 59-year-old African-American, was killed in the early February 25. After leaving his job at a grocery store, Gunn went to see his girlfriend and was taking a short walk home to his mother’s house to nap, shower, then head off to work again, his brother Kenneth said.
Smith, a 23-year-old white officer, approached him on foot, police have said. At some point, according to Chief Ernest Finley, there was a struggle and the officer shot and killed Gunn, Finley said.
McDermott has said the shooting was justified after Gunn ran from the officer and then fought him.
Smith is white.
Earlier this week, a Minnesota police officer was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man. Authorities say Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile last July during a traffic stop.
News of Castile’s death spread across social media when his fiancée live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
Yanez turned himself into authorities Thursday and had his first appearance in court on Friday.
 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Cop Brutality – Cop Punches Woman in Face in Flagstaff

Un-freakin’ believable.

This cop is way overboard.

Flagstaff police said they are aware of the incident and launching a probe into the incident.

“Our agency is very concerned by what is depicted in the video,” a spokesperson said. “We are immediately initiating an internal investigation into this incident.”

Jarring video shows cop punching or hitting woman in face

Arizona police say an officer is being investigated after video surfaced that shows him striking a woman in the face during an arrest.

Flagstaff police say in a news release that officer Jeff Bonar has been placed on leave pending the probe.

They say “our agency is very concerned by what is depicted in this video.”

Police say the incident occurred Wednesday as police arrested a “somewhat uncooperative” woman.

Cell phone video apparently shot by an onlooker and posted on Facebook shows her struggling with two officers.

At one point one of men strikes or punches her in the mouth area. She is eventually placed in a squad car.

Jimmy Sedillo told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV authorities were at his Flagstaff residence, serving an eviction notice.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Philando Castile Cop Murderer Charged With Manslaughter

Not that I have a lot of faith that the system will actually produce a successful prosecution…But…

Minn. Police Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Is Charged With Manslaughter

The police officer The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile who shot and killed Philando Castile in a St. Paul, Minn., suburb in July has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the use of force by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not justified. A review of dashboard camera video revealed that “no reasonable officer” would have used deadly force in this circumstance, Choi said.

“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing,” Choi added at a press conference Wednesday. “There was absolutely no criminal intent exhibited by him throughout this encounter… he was respectful and complaint … he volunteered in good faith that he had a fire arm beyond what the law requires.”

Castile, a beloved school cafeteria manager, was shot and killed by Yanez during a routine traffic stop. The shooting unleashed days of violent protests in Minnesota.

An NPR review of court records showed that Castile, a 32-year-old black man, had been stopped 46 times before by police.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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