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Here Kitty!

Got to get me one of these. Some years ago I had a very large Persian Cat which at 20 lbs, thoroughly enjoyed terrorizing the neighborhood’s little yippie-yappie dogs. The woman who took the below video was just walking along a boardwalk through a Florida Park, when…

Heeeeello Kitty!

Had a similar experience some years ago hunting in West Virginia off a logging trail deep in the mountains near the Kentucky Border. Walked into a little clearing and looked up, and there was a Mountain Lion (Puma) or “Florida Panther” just sitting in the crook of a tree looking down at me about 25 feet away. Made a slow backwards retreat, having no desire whatsoever to shoot a beautiful and endangered animal, or to tempt him to charge. Got the old blood pressure going though. I have seen a number of Bobcats in the wild, which are far smaller, as well as the Western Cougar. There is evidence that Jaguars and Ocelots are moving back into the US along the border with Mexico.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2016 in General

 

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Out of Control Policing in South Carolina

This is incredible. SC Cops stop a couple diving legally…Because the car they are driving has temporary tags. That devolves, based solely on an Officer’s belief that there “is something there” into illegal searches of the vehicle, and ultimately a roadside body cavity search.

Video shows white cops performing roadside cavity search of black man

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on an investigative series about police abuse in South Carolina. I’ve found a dizzying number of cases, including illegal arrests, botched raids, fatal shootings and serious questions about how all those incidents are investigated. Many of these cases were previously unreported, or if they were reported, the initial reports were a far cry from what actually happened. The series will run at some point in the next week. But in the meantime, I want to share one particularly horrifying incident that I came across this week while researching the series.

According to a federal lawsuit filed by attorney Robert Phillipswhat you see in the video below occurred in the town of Aiken, S.C., starting at about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2014. The two occupants of the car are black. All the police officers are white.

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Here’s what happened: Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon were in Hicks’s car just a couple of blocks from downtown Aiken when they were pulled over by Officer Chris Medlin of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Hicks was driving. She had recently purchased the car, so it still had temporary tags.

In the video, Medlin asks Hicks to get out, then tells her that he stopped her because of the “paper tag” on her car. This already is a problem. There’s no law against temporary tags in South Carolina, so long as they haven’t expired.

Medlin then asks Pontoon for identification. Since he was in the passenger seat, Pontoon wouldn’t have been required to provide ID even if the stop had been legitimate. Still, he provides his driver’s license to Medlin. A couple of minutes later, Medlin tells Hicks that her license and tags check out. (You can see the time stamp in the lower left corner of the video.) This should be the end of the stop — which, again, should never have happened in the first place.

Instead, Medlin orders Pontoon out of the vehicle and handcuffs him. He also orders Hicks out of the car. Pontoon then asks Medlin what’s happening. Medlin ignores him. Pontoon asks again. Medlin responds that he’ll “explain it all in a minute.” Several minutes later, a female officers appears. Medlin then tells Pontoon, “Because of your history, I’ve got a dog coming in here. Gonna walk a dog around the car.” About 30 seconds later, he adds, “You gonna pay for this one, boy.”

Moments later, a K9 officer named Clark Smith arrives. He walks around the car with his dog. A fourth police officer then shows up. The four officers then spend the next 15 minutes conducting a thorough search of the car. Early into the search, Medlin exclaims, “Uh-huh!” as if he has found something incriminating. But nothing comes of it.

After the search of the car comes up empty, Medlin tells the female officer to “search her real good,” referring to Hicks. The personal search of Hicks is conducted off camera, but according to the complaint filed by Phillips, it allegedly involved exposing Hicks’s breasts on the side of the road in a populated area. The complaint also alleges that this was all done in direct view of the three male officers. That search, too, produced no contraband.

The officers then turn their attention to Pontoon. Medlin asks Pontoon to get out of the car. He cuffs him and begins to pat him down. Toward the end of the first video, at about the 12:46:30 mark, he tells Pontoon: “You’ve got something here right between your legs. There’s something hard right there between your legs.” Medlin says that he’s going to “put some gloves on.”

The anal probe happens out of direct view of the camera, but the audio leaves little doubt about what’s happening. Pontoon at one point says that one of the officers is grabbing his hemorrhoids. Medlin appears to reply, “I’ve had hemorrhoids, and they ain’t that hard.” At about 12:47:15 in the video, the audio actually suggests that two officers may have inserted fingers into Pontoon’s rectum, as one asks, “What are you talking about, right here?” The other replies, “Right straight up in there.”

Pontoon then again tells the officers that they’re pushing on a hemorrhoid. One officer responds, “If that’s a hemorrhoid, that’s a hemorrhoid, all right? But that don’t feel like no hemorrhoid to me.”

The officers apparently continue to search Pontoon’s rectum for another three minutes. They found no contraband. At 12:50:25, Medlin tells Pontoon to turn around and explains that he suspects him because he recognized him from when he worked narcotics. “Now I know you from before, from when I worked dope. I seen you. That’s why I put a dog on the car.”

That was Medlin’s “reasonable suspicion” to call for a drug dog — he thought he recognized Pontoon from a drug case. Medlin could well have been correct about recognizing Pontoon. He has a lengthy criminal history that includes drug charges, although his record appears to be clean since 2006, save for one arrest for “failure to comply.” Of course, even if Medlin did recognize Pontoon, that in itself isn’t cause to even stop him, much less search his car, or to subject him to a roadside cavity search.

With no contraband and no traffic violation to justify the stop in the first place, Medlin concluded the stop by giving Hicks a “courtesy warning,” although according to the complaint, there’s no indication of what the warning was actually for. Perhaps it was to warn to steer clear of police officers in Aiken….Read The Rest Here

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Free Hug Project – Sanders/Trump Rallies

What sort of people attend Trump and Sanders events?

How do the attendees handle social contact?

Ken Nwadike started his “Free Hugs” campaign after the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. The response was both warm and amazing and made the National News.

This year he attended both Sanders and Trump events…The differences in response were amazing and say a lot about the people who support each candidate.

 

 
 

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Trump Campaign Manager Arrested

The Trump Thugs are going down. Donald Trump’s National Campaign Manager’s mugging of a female reporter has earned him a visit to the Police Station with a charges of assault.

Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Of Reporter He Called ‘Delusional’

Corey Lewandowski turned himself in to police early Tuesday.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with battery Tuesday following an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a reporter, Michelle Fields, at a campaign event earlier this month.

Lewandowski turned himself in to police Tuesday morning in Jupiter, Florida, where he was charged with misdemeanor battery.

Trump and Lewandowski have repeatedly denied that the campaign manager grabbed Fields, and Lewandowski has called Fields “delusional.”

Fields released a photo of her arm with a series of finger-shaped bruises. And newly released video footage appears to show Lewandowski reaching over and roughly grabbing Fields at the Jupiter event, nearly throwing her off balance.

The video suggests that Lewandowski was lying when he attacked Fields’ credibility and accused her of seeking attention. This is a tactic Trump himself has popularized, through vicious and personal attacks on journalists like Megyn Kelly and Jorge Ramos.

Fields resigned from Breitbart News shortly after the incident, because she said the news outlet failed to publicly stand by her.

The Trump campaign responded to the charges Tuesday morning, telling reporters that Lewandowski will plead not guilty and that he intends to fight the charges.

Lewandowski will be represented by two defense lawyers. One of them is Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney who was forced to resign that post in 1996 after he was accused of biting a stripper in Miami.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Texas Cops Attack Dad, Then Lie About Arrest to Charge Him

Next time you get into a discussion with one of those conservative anti BLM types…Show them this video. It is likely the only reason the Texas prosecutor threw the charges out is the victim this time was white.

Here is hoping Mr Faulkenberry has a decent lawyer, and he is the one collecting $800,000.

WATCH: Video clears man accused by Texas cops of assaulting them resulting in bail set at $800,000

A Texas man who had his hands up, only to be leg-whipped and thrown to the ground by sheriff’s deputies, said he escaped years in prison after a prosecutor threw out all the charges after viewing surveillance video of the incident.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Larry Faulkenberry, 47, said he told the deputies he had a camera that captured the events the evening of Jan. 14, 2015 when he was taken into custody and wrestled to the ground by three Caldwell County sheriff’s deputies.

“I knew the camera system was capturing everything the entire time. It knew everything that happened,” Faulkenberry explained. “I told him, ‘You just messed up. You have no idea how bad.’ He told me to ‘shut up.’”

The officers were dispatched to  Faulkenberry’s home after his 16-year-old son called in a false report that his father was drunk and waving a firearm because the teenager was mad that his dad had grounded him.

In the video, Faulkenberry can be seen with his hands up the entire time as the three officers surround him, with one suddenly leg-whipping him, driving him to the ground where all three can be seen piling on him.

According to the police report filed by Deputy Michael Taylor, “I observed Lawrence Faulkenberry push Sergeant Yost with the left side of his body and elbow into a tree causing him to fall and injure his left shin and right knee cap. I observed Lawrence Faulkenberry to forcefully resist Deputies while attempting to lawfully detain him for officer safety. Deputies detained Lawrence Faulkenberry using the least amount of force necessary to gain compliance from Lawrence Faulkenberry.”

The video showed nothing of the sort happened.

After seeing the video, Caldwell County District Attorney Fred Weber dropped charges against Faulkenberry who had already spent ten days in jail and was held on $807,000 bail.

“Without the video I would be in prison. There is no doubt about that,” Faulkenberry said.

Weber did not indicate whether the three officers would be prosecuted for filing a false report.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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A Fun Illusion – Woman Disappears on Live TV!

Driving the Internet crazy – this one of a woman, seen standing on the left side of the video “disappearing” when another woman with a luggage cart walks by.

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Another Chicago Police Shooting Video – Another Victim

Not sure the dam has broken yet, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushed into releasing yet another dashcam video of another questionable Chicago Police shooting of an unarmed man, and planting evidence.

Emanuel: City will support release of video of another fatal police shooting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city will drop its fight against the release of a police dashboard camera video depicting a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a man in the back on the city’s South Side.

For more than a year, lawyers for Ronald Johnson III’s family have battled city lawyers over the release of the video of Johnson’s October 2014 shooting, which bore striking similarities to the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a different police officer eight days later.

Police have said Officer George Hernandez opened fire only after Johnson pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. Just as it had in McDonald’s shooting, the city argued in court filings that releasing the video would inflame the public and jeopardize the officer’s right to a fair trial if he was charged later, court records show.

But on Thursday, after a week of mounting pressure for transparency following the release of the video showing McDonald’s shooting, Emanuel told reporters he would drop his opposition to making the Johnson video public.

“Yeah, we will do that next week,” Emanuel said when asked about the video at an unrelated news conference.

It was unclear when or how the city planned to make the video public. A Cook County judge is set to hear arguments next Thursday in a lawsuit the family filed seeking the video’s release under the state’s open records laws.

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer, who represents Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes, said at a news conference he was “not surprised” at the city’s about-face, saying it was a step in the right direction but one that would not negate 14 months of what he alleged is a police cover-up that he says included planting a gun in Johnson’s hand to justify the shooting.

“It is a small step in terms of justice for Dorothy Holmes and her family and her son, but there is a long way to go,” Oppenheimer said. “The lies from the police department still persist.”

Asked if the video would shock the public as deeply as the footage of McDonald being shot 16 times, Oppenheimer said he was uncomfortable comparing them.

“This is not a Hollywood production. It’s not whether one movie is better than Batman Part II,” he said. “This is the brutal execution of two young African-American men who did not deserve to be shot.”

The details about Johnson’s killing have emerged amid continued fallout over the handling of the McDonald case. After the dash-cam video of McDonald’s killing by Officer Jason Van Dyke was made public Nov. 24, protests have captured national attention and put increasing political pressure on Emanuel to make wholesale changes to the Police Department.

On Tuesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed for the first time that her office is investigating possible criminal charges in Johnson’s case.

On the night he was killed, Johnson, 25, was in a car with friends when the vehicle’s back window was shot out by an unidentified gunman. Chicago police have said that Johnson, a known gang member, resisted arrest when officers responded to the call of shots fired and then ran.

During the chase, Hernandez, at the time a tactical officer in the Wentworth Police District, pulled up in an unmarked squad car and jumped out with his gun drawn, Oppenheimer said. The video, which Oppenheimer said he has seen many times, shows that within two seconds of getting out of his car, Hernandez fired five times at Johnson as he was still running away, striking him in the back of the knee and again in the back of the shoulder.

Autopsy results obtained by the Tribune show the fatal shot traveled through Johnson’s shoulder, severed his jugular vein and exited his eye socket.

Oppenheimer said the squad car from which the scene was recorded began to move shortly after Johnson collapsed in the parkway, so the officers’ actions in the immediate aftermath were not captured. Police reported that night they found a pistol in Johnson’s right hand — a gun that Oppenheimer described as “old and rusty” and completely absent from the video footage.

“There was nothing in his hand, not a gun, a cellphone, a bottle of water — nothing,” he said.

The video was first turned over as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Johnson’s mother a few weeks after the shooting. With that case pending, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang granted a request by the city for a protective order barring the release of the footage and other sensitive information, records show…

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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