“He grabs my gun, says, ‘you’re too much of a pu**y to shoot me.” The gun goes down into my hip and at that point I thought I was getting shot. I can feel his fingers try to get inside the trigger guard with my finger and I distinctly remember envisioning a bullet going into my leg. I thought that was the next step.” That’s how Ferguson, Missouri Officer Darren Wilson described the struggle inside his police SUV with Michael Brown during his grand jury testimony. You can read the rest of his blow-by-blow of here. If you watched St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCullough’s detailed description of the process last night, you know that investigators had to wade through conflicting testimony of every kind from witnesses, some of whom changed their stories, some of whom disappeared into thin air as time went on . . .
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 . . .
“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.
Police responded in significant numbers and considerable force to protestors reacting to the St. Louis County grand jury “no bill” verdict on the Michael Brown shooting. Video of the scene showed police meeting attacks on St. Louis county police cars with swift action including beanbags and multiple tear gas vollies and arrests. CNN is reporting sounds of gunshots (which may have been those beanbags), sporadic looting and at least one storefront on fire. As of the time of writing, despite the significant law enforcement presence and a forceful response, the violence appears to be escalating with . . .
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.
“Impatience and pressure for a decision have been building among residents and business owners, as well as police officers, who have been working 12-hour shifts with all leave time canceled since Saturday, said Jeff Roorda, business manager for the City of St. Louis Police Officer’s Association.” Yes, well, now that St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCullough’s office has let it be known that they’ll be announcing the grand jury’s decision tonight at 8:00 p.m. central, those police officers – along with the National Guard – will likely be putting in a lot of hours. Governor Jay Nixon, flanked by various local officials, is about to make yet another obligatory plea for peace. Many Ferguson businesses have boarded up and are closed up tight. Police and Guardsmen are being deployed all around the city. Hatches have been battened and area traffic has been surprisingly light for a Monday evening. Stay tuned.
“The protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Friday night grew larger than previous days’ gatherings of protesters, despite the rain and cold weather,” nationalreview.com reports. “Police officers used a megaphone to ask protesters to leave the street outside the Ferguson Police Department or they would be arrested. In this video, protesters responded by chanting ”F— the police” and shouting “We don’t give a f— about your laws like you don’t give a f— about our lives.” And there you have it. Or will. Soon. Which won’t be this weekend, according to foxnews.com. [h/t PetitionForRedress]
Regular readers know that TTAG abhors the term “accidental discharge.” There is no such thing. It is a negligent discharge. So when we hear NYPD Commissioner William Bratton say an officer’s gun “accidentally discharged,” we call bullshit. But that’s what Billy Boy had to say about this tragic tale [via nydailynews.com] . . .
Reader H. writes:
From foxnews.com: “What you see here are illegal guns that will be never be used to rob or murder innocent New Yorkers.” Uh…no. What we see here are legal guns unlawfully purchased to fulfill demand created by New York ‘progressive’ statist statutes, and particularly NYC laws which create the scarcity vacuum that entices and encourages bad actors to import otherwise legal guns for profit. And if not Florida, they’d come from somewhere else, the only variable being the cost of purchase and importation (or theft from lawful owners or government inventory) and the price for which they are sold on the street.
Yesterday John Boch, president of Illinois gun rights org Guns Save Life received a threat of legal action over his strongly-worded post that took a dim view of Taurus’s latest product, the Curve .380 ACP pistol (as well as G&A’s alleged pimping of the new gun). Today the Intermedia mother ship called John and assumed a much more conciliatory tone than the initial foot-stamping by online editor Dusty Gibson. Here’s John’s latest post, reprinted here with permission . . .
The Connecticut’s Office of The Child Advocate has released its report on Adam Lanza (AL). The reports look at the care given the spree killer before he murdered 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It starts with a call for gun control. “The conclusion cannot be avoided that access to guns is relevant to an examination of ways to improve the public health,” the authors assert. “Access to assault weapons with high capacity magazines did play a major role in this and other mass shootings in recent history . . .
John Boch at gunssavelife.com doesn’t care for the new Taurus Curve. “By all appearances, it seems to be a striker-fired double action semi-auto. It comes with an integral belt clip and can be stuffed right inside the waistband in the appendix, inside-the-waistband carry mode. That kids, is dangerous . . .Would you stuff a loaded Glock down the front of your pants, sans holster, for everyday carry?” Boch is not enamored with the Curve’s lack of sights. “It’s got a (non-intuitively activated) laser and a flashlight, so you can waste precious time activating and the locating the laser on the bad-guy’s shirt (assuming it’s not bright sunlight and he’s wearing dark clothing) before pulling the trigger.” And, last but by no means least, Boch takes issue with Guns & Ammo’s coverage . . .