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50 Dead in Orlando Club Shooting

Police are now saying there are 50 dead in the Orlando nightclub shooting lass night. The Police have identified the shooter as an American of Afghani descent.

Kevlar Helmet which saved Police Officers life

50 dead, Islamic terrorism tie eyed in Orlando gay bar shooting

A shooting and hostage situation early Sunday morning at a Florida nightclub — which describes itself as “Orlando’s hottest gay bar” — left an estimated 50 people dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 injured, officials say.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said at a press conference Sunday that a state of emergency has been declared after what authorities have indicated may have been a “lone wolf” style terror attack. The attack appears to be the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Sources have confirmed to CBS News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect, who has been named as Omar Mateen, had ties to Islamic terrorism. Mateen, of Port. St. Lucie, Florida, is a U.S. citizen with no apparent criminal history, according to sources.

Dyer said that in addition to the 50 people who were killed in the attack, 53 were treated for injuries.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the suspect was found with a handgun and an AR-15-style assault rifle.

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A U.S. intelligence source told CBS news senior investigative producer Pat Milton that Islamic terrorism is being investigated as a possible motive in the shooting due to several indicators including the style of the attack, which had similarities tothe attacks in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March. The gunman put up a protracted gun battle with police and was heavily armed, the source said.

Robots are now analyzing a device the gunman had strapped to his body to determine if it was a real explosive device or a fake made to look like a real device, the source said.

Sources tell Milton that authorities investigating the incident are still looking into whether the attack is a hate crime.

Mina said the incident at Pulse nightclub began around 2:20 a.m., when shots rang out and an officer already posted at the event engaged the gunman, whom Mina said was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a “device” of some kind that officials believed was a threat. Mina said the gunman appeared organized and well-prepared for the incident.

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Rooter-Tooter Oklahoma Ride Along Wannabe Cop Gets 4 Years for Manslaughter

4 Years is a bit light in my view (I was thinking 6-10) – but at 74, this guy might not make it out of prison. And there is no freaking way a “Reserve Deputy” should be carrying a gun/.

Former Oklahoma ‘pay-to-play’ deputy Robert Bates sentenced to four years for manslaughter

A former Oklahoma reserve deputy convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man being subdued by regular deputies last year was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter.

Robert Bates, an insurance executive who volunteered as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa County, was found guilty in April of the charge stemming from the 2015 death of Eric Harris.Bates, 74, will receive credit for time already served. He has been held at the Tulsa Jail since his conviction.

Lawyers for Bates said he thought he had a Taser rather than a gun in hand when he fired at Harris, 44. But prosecutors said Bates’ actions were tantamount to professional negligence.

The shooting, captured on video, was one in a series that raised questions of racial bias in U.S. policing. Bates is white and Harris, who was fleeing from deputies in Tulsa during a sting targeting illegal gun sales, was African-American.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Getting Away With Murder – Reka Boyd Killer Retires

American Justice…Better for some “special” people – bad for everyone else.

Rekia Boyd – Murder victim.

Dante Servin Quits, Set To Collect Pension 4 Years After Killing Rekia Boyd

The police detective who shot into a crowd while off-duty and killed teenager Rekia Boyd in 2012 has resigned, saving his pension as well as the indignity of getting fired.

Dante Servin’s resignation Tuesday came two days before an “evidentiary hearing” before the Chicago Police Board, said Max Caproni, the police board’s executive director. Any charges against Servin, a 24-year police veteran, will now be dropped.

Servin’s resignation comes about a year after he was acquitted of all charges related to the death of Boyd, a 22-year-old woman who was with a group of near Douglas Park when Servin pulled a gun while off-duty and shot into the crowd, striking Boyd in the head.

By resigning, Servin is now eligible to collect his pension and any other outstanding benefits he stood to lose if fired, angering the activists who called for his ouster.

Dante Servin

“The best union to be in in this country is the [Fraternal Order of Police] because you can get away with murder and still get paid,” community activist and anti-violence organizer Father Michael Pfleger said.

Martinez Sutton, Boyd’s brother, said he found out about Servin quitting Tuesday morning and wasn’t at all surprised. He said he figured the process would drag on until Servin walked away with his pension.

After four years of fighting for “justice” for his sister, Sutton said he wasn’t sure what “justice” was anymore.

“It destroyed a family. Rekia was light,” he said. “I don’t know how it affects [Servin], but he has to live with that. He has to live with it on his conscience.”

Servin was found not guilty on manslaughter charges in Boyd’s shooting death just over a year ago. A judge’s ruling suggested he should have been charged with murder instead, which was “unusual” according to legal experts.

Servin’s continued employment drew infuriated protesters and figured in Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s defeat in the March primary. Former top cop McCarthy last year recommended to the Police Board that Servin be fired.

Servin “should’ve been fired and instead he can resign and make money and that’s an insult,” Pfleger said. Trina Reynolds-Tyler of Black Youth Project 100, an activist group that called for Servin’s ouster, said his resignation is “disrespectful.”

“He just took an early retirement,” Reynolds-Tyler said. “It’s ridiculous that this process has taken so long to get to a firing hearing.”

Page May, another local activist, said “it ain’t over” till Servin loses his pension.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Walter Scott Killer Now Facing Federal Charges

Thank goodness for cell phone videos. Otherwise Scott would have been found with a planted gun or knife, and a story of how the officer “feared for his life”.

Walter Scott

Michael Slager facing federal charges in Walter Scott killing

A white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who was running away has been indicted on federal charges including depriving the victim of his civil rights.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday also charges Michael Slager, 34, with obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

A bystander’s cellphone video captured images of Slager, then a North Charleston police officer, firing eight times as Walter Scott, 50, ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The case inflamed a national debate about how blacks are treated by white police officers.

Slager was charged with murder in state court and fired from the force. He was held in solitary confinement until January, when he was released on half a million dollars bail and put under house arrest at an undisclosed location, allowed to leave only for work, church and medical or legal appointments.

Slager is to appear before a judge in Charleston later Wednesday for an initial appearance on the federal charges. Scott’s family said they planned to meet with reporters after the hearing.

Slager’s state trial is set to begin this fall, and he faces a possible life sentence without parole. Prosecutors have asked for the trial to be moved up to August or back to May 2017 to give Solicitor Scarlett Wilson time to prepare for another trial, that of Dylann Roof who’s charged with shooting nine people to death at a black church in Charleston last summer….More Here

 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Georgia KKK Imperial Wizard Killed in Gunfight With Police

In America, white people actually have to have guns and shoot at Police to be killed.

But…Thanks for taking out the trash.

J.J. Harper (Screenshot/WALB)

Georgia KKK imperial wizard killed after shooting at police during eight-hour standoff

An “imperial wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan died Friday after an hours-long standoff with police, WALB reports.

J.J. Harper exchanged fire with police during an 8-hour standoff in Dooly County following a domestic dispute. He was a well-known and active member of the KKK, law enforcement confirmed.

“Yes, he was. He had a membership drive on the courthouse steps,” Dooly County Sheriff’s deputy David Grantham told WALB.

During the standoff, “Harper exited and entered his residence multiple times wearing a bullet resistant vest, gas mask, and other weapons to include a long gun and handguns,” police said in a statement to the Telegraph.

Police told the station that during the standoff, Harper had vowed, “Someone’s going to die today.” He shot multiple rounds at police and officers returned fire before Harper walked inside his home and a gunshot was heard.

Harper was confirmed dead inside the home.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Shooting IN US Capitol Building!

This one is just breaking and as such there are few details. One suspect has been apprehended at this point, and the Capital Police are searching on the possibility there might be others and have the Office Buildings and Capitol Building on lockdown. This shooting was apparently was in the Visitor Center. There is no information about the captured shooter and motives at this point

U.S. Capitol Police officer shot in Visitors Center; shooter in custody

Officials confirm a U.S. Capitol Police officer has been shot in the Capitol Visitors Center. Police say the officer wounds are not serious,and a shooter is in custody.

ABC7 News reports that the U.S. Capitol Complex is on lockdown.

Capitol Police locked down the multi-building complex at the U.S. Capitol just before 3 p.m. Monday, for what was billed as “a potential security threat.”

According to The Associated Press, the White House was also put on lockdown.

The Senate sergeant at arms issued a statement Monday afternoon as the reports began streaming in: “Shooter has been caught. One police officer shot, but not seriously. Remain sheltered in place.”

5 PM Update –

Identified as Larry Dawson from Social Media Site

A man was shot by U.S. Capitol Police after firing shots inside the Capitol Visitors Center Monday afternoon, according to CNN.

CNN reports that the man set off an alarm as he went through a metal detector at the Center, and was stopped by security. The man then drew a gun and pointed it at an officer. According to CNN, U.S. Capitol Police quickly fired back and the man was shot and taken into custody.

U.S. Capitol Police said in a press conference that the man is currently undergoing surgery for his injuries.

A woman was also injured by shrapnel during the shooting, CNN reported.

Capitol officials initially reported that a U.S. Capitol Police officer was also shot in the incident, but later retracted that statement.

ABC News identified the shooting suspect as Larry Dawson of Tennessee. Dawson had a previous encounter with authorities in D.C. when he interrupted a House session in October 2015.

U.S. Capitol Police said during the conference that the suspect was known to them.

The whole U.S. Capitol Complex and the White House were placed on lockdown and “shelter in place” status while authorities investigated the incident.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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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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