The way I read it, Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the Michael Brown shooting paints a picture of a pissing contest. While it looks like a good shoot, I don’t think Officer Wilson did much in the way of de-escalating the situation before it spiraled out of control. Once Brown mouthed off, Officer Wilson came down on Brown like a ton of bricks, including, by his own admission, swearing at him. I reckon Wilson’s behavior set something in motion he couldn’t control – until he could, leaving Brown dead on the pavement. One thing is for sure: the Ferguson police failed to follow protocol in the shooting’s aftermath . . .
One in five crimes not recorded by police, dailymail.co.uk‘s headline reveals. Nearly a million offences a year are ignored by target-chasing officers. I’ve posted the eye-opening stats after the jump. Startling, but not surprising. Not if you understand the dynamics of gun control. First, you disarm civilians in the name of public safety. Then you claim that it worked. Even though it didn’t. Because the general public must not, under any circumstances, take responsibility for their own safety. That power, once reclaimed, leads all kinds of anti-statist ideas (e.g., individual liberty). So the Powers That Be direct the troops to cook the books. (Just like they did in New York City and Chicago.) Antis on both sides of the pond celebrate the carefully staged “victory” of “common sense” gun control, ignoring the rapes, assaults and murders that are a direct result of their agenda. Despicable. But predictable. Don’t let this be us . . .
Pamela Meanes is the president of the National Bar Association and a partner at Thompson Coburn, St. Louis’s largest law firm. In that capacity, she’s issued a call to action after the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The NBA intends to wage a “war on police brutality” by, among other tactics, demanding a DOJ indictment of Wilson, enacting new state laws mandating independent investigations and “diversity training,” a national economic boycott and – here’s the real kicker – staying off of social media. Distinguished barrister and TTAG reader Dirk Diggler is on Meanes’s distribution list and forwarded her email blast. . .
As a matter of fact, that was a banana in Nathan Rolf Channing’s pants and he was really happy to see two of Mesa County’s finest. While pulling anything out of your clothing and pointing it at two peace officers seems a good way to go if you want more orifices than you woke up with, Nathan Rolf somehow managed to walk away from the encounter un-perforated. “According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County (CO) deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow.” As you’d expect, Bunch knows his bananas, but he “wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.” It apparently dawned on Channing – just in the nick if time – that pointing the slender curved fruit at a couple of constables was a judgement error. . .
“Two bail bondsmen terrorized seven children and their mother inside a suburban Atlanta home after the woman’s husband failed to show up for traffic court in a different state,” nydailynews.com reports. “The armed bounty hunters kicked in the door of the Lawrenceville home and threatened to shoot one of the children.” A family member caught some of the action on cellphone camera (in the video above). Under certain circumstances, bounty hunters can kick in a door to grab their prey. Holding a family hostage at gunpoint? Not so much. Bail bondsmen Kevin Roberson and Khalil Abdullah are now in jail. Bail unknown.
Following statements and prayers by local pastors after last night’s burning and looting, James Knowles, mayor of Ferguson, Missouri criticized Governor Jay Nixon’s response (or lack thereof) to the violence. Specifically, he wanted to know where the hell the National Guard was while “protesters” ran amok, torching local businesses and stealing whatever wasn’t nailed down. The mayor also noted that Officer Darren Wilson’s status with the city remains unchanged. He is still on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Unspoken was the fact that . . .
Sgt. Patrick Hayes writes:
We saw this coming. After the liberal media calmed down their race baiting, after the lies and false statements were exposed, all that was left were the facts. Officer Darren Wilson was in fear for his life after a felonious attack by Michael Brown. Unless they were pressured politically, the Grand Jury would return a No True Bill verdict. Those of us in law enforcement knew what would happen next . . .
As of 12:30 am CST the situation in Ferguson and surrounding areas remains lawless. Looters are running wild throughout the city. Men are walking down the streets with gas cans, doing what arsonists do. There are reports that the nearby Delwood police station is being looted. “Protestors” torched a car in the parking lot. Meanwhile ktvi.com reports that “St. Louis County police have confirmed that a University City police officer was shot around 11:45 pm near Canton Avenue and Lamb Avenue. The officer has been transported to the hospital. No word on the condition of the officer. Police are looking for a suspect.” Good luck with that. Cops are retreating all over the city – and beyond. Where the hell is the National Guard?
“No available cars,” the police dispatcher tells a police unit attempting to deal with [another outbreak of] looters. Sam’s Meat Market, a K Mart, a Taco Bell, a self storage facility and other buildings are burning to the ground without any fire department intervention (as is the protocol during a riot). There are reports of a gunman in the bed of a pickup truck firing off rounds and “gunmen in the hot zone with assault rifles.” Store owners are calling police as cars mass for attacks of looting. Police at the sharp end are calling a Code 5000: “personnel in serious situation,” asking for more officers. It’s only a question of time before the National Guard are deployed. One hopes.
The police scanner reveals that Ferguson police are withdrawing from entire parts of the city amid reports that some 50 armed protestors (anarchists?) are setting fires throughout the town (including Red’s Barbecue). Toy R Us is being looted, with over one hundred cars in the parking lot. The police are retreating (11:09 pm CST). One hundred looters in Walgreens are beginning to scatter. “All stores on Florissant Street west of Chambers are on fire.”
President Obama took to the airwaves soon after the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. The President walked a fine line between highlighting ongoing racial issues in policing standards and chiding protestors bent on destruction – even as the teargas filled the air in Ferguson, Missouri. CNN’s reporting shots fired, but even a cursory glance at the video shows a massive police presence on the streets, including a convoy of armored police motoring down main street.
Confirming almost all expectations, a St. Louis County grand jury has “no true billed” Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown. While everyone from Brown’s parents to President Obama has dutifully appealed for calm, the governor, taking no chances, has declared a state of emergency and called up the Guard. St. Louis City, County and local police are tooled up to deal with the inevitable pre-planned shows of rage. The race hustling and organized grievance industries have positioned personnel and provisions, planning demonstrations no matter the grand jury’s decision. Everyone from the KKK to Al Sharpton and his National Action Network will be using the days ahead to further their respective agendas. In short, what could possibly go wrong? As always, watch this space.