Guy Who Filmed Cops When They Arrested Gray Is Detained By Police For No Reason It Seems

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The pushback is starting: Kevin Moore, the man who filmed police arresting Freddie Gray and dragging him on the ground was arrested on Thursday night, along with two other cop watchers from Ferguson. “The man who recorded one of two videos showing Baltimore cops dragging a screaming Freddie Gray into the back of a police van was arrested Thursday night, … Read More

Charges Brought Against Baltimore Police Officers In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Breaking now: The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and there is “probable cause” for criminal charges, State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says, citing her office’s “thorough and independent” investigation and the medical examiner’s report on Gray’s death. Mosby announced a range of charges against several Baltimore police officers, ranging from second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter to assault and … Read More

Much To The Disappointment Of The Media, Not Much Happened In Baltimore Last Night

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You could almost hear the desperation in Wolf Blitzer’s voice.  They really wanted something to break out.  There was a single incident where someone threw a bottle of water at a line of policeman, and the guy was quickly subdued and pepper spray was dispersed.  CNN ran that 30 second clip over and over again for hours while nothing else happened. Well, this happened…. … Read More

Bullet Points On The Baltimore Riots

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The catalyst, ostensibly, was the death of Freddie Gray — who died of a spinal cord injury sustained while in police custody.  His funeral service was yesterday morning.  There were peaceful protests throughout the day, but as high school kids left school, the protests became violent.  15 officers were injured — six seriously — from thrown bottles, rocks and bricks, as … Read More

Yet Another Black Man Killed By Overzealous Cops

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The name this time around is Freddie Gray, the city this time is Baltimore, and the death this time was from complications of a massive spinal injury suffered while in police custody. Relatives, activists and even Baltimore city officials have more questions than answers about what happened to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died one week after he was rushed … Read More

Bad Interview

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Here’s a tip from one lawyer to all other lawyers out there: Don’t let your accused client go on television unless you (and your client) really know what you are doing. And that sounds vague to you, then you don’t know what you are doing. Look, 95 times out of 100, you are not going to turn public sentiment in … Read More

Black-Person-Death-By-Cop Quote Of The Day

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“Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” – Robert Bates, a 73-year-old reserve deputy sheriff in Tulsa County, Okla., after he mistook his gun for his taser and fatally shot a suspect during an undercover operation. Not for nothing, but the 73 year old(!) volunteer policeman was only an actual cop for one year….. fifty years ago. Maybe having geriatric non-cops with lethal weapons … Read More

Video Shows Cop Murdering Black Man

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On Saturday, Water Scott, 50, was shot and killed by Officer Michael T. Slager of the North Charleston, South Carolina, police department, after a traffic stop. According to Slager’s initial report, Scott tried to take his Taser, and in the struggle, Slager had to fire in self-defense. Yesterday, a video surfaced from an anonymous witness.  In contradiction of Slager’s account, Scott is seen turning to … Read More

Cowboy Copz

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I maintain that, under the legal system and the legal standards, the Ferguson grand jury did not have probable cause to indict Officer Darren Wilson.  That should prompt a discussion as to whether the legal system is sufficient to take care of what is clearly a national problem — the prevalence of cop-on-black violence. But that discussion is for another day  I write here … Read More

Grand Jury Announcement Today In Michael Brown Shooting

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A decision has been reached by the grand jury deliberating whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. I fully expect that no charges will be brought, and all hell will break loose.  Pretty predictable actually.  Laws give the police wide latitude in using deadly force.  Maybe those laws shouldn’t give wide latitude, … Read More

Video Immediately After Michael Brown Shooting Supports Story That Brown Had Arms Up When Killed

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Two contractors have come forward saying that they witnessed the Michael Brown shooting, and that Michael Brown had his hands up in the air, thus not posing a threat, when he was shot. Normally, you could discount this eyewitness testimony, coming more than one month after the shooting. Except that they are saying it…. on video… just after the shooting occurred.  In … Read More

Officer Go-Fuck-Yourself

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I swear.  These must be the dumbest cops alive.  I mean, don't they realize the complaint against them is that they are too quick on the draw?  That they are failures as cops by drawing high-powered guns on unarmed civilians? Yet, this cop goes right ahead and does it.  In front of cameras.  And then he points his gun at the … Read More