Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Demonization of Police And Our Nation's Crime Wave

A police investigation under way in Baltimore, May 20.Violent crime is up, across the nation, in shocking percentages in just the past year alone. 

In political one-upmanship, Barak Obama set a tone 6 years ago that has gained traction that seem stop be catching a nation off guard. 

He and Eric Holder told us:  black males are dying at the hands of oppressive racist cops and Baltimore was the proof. 

Police have heard the blame, and so have the criminals.  

Crime is up, and arrests are down, and the people who are suffering the most?

Black citizens of our country. 

This began almost as soon as he took office but now has reached proportions that few could have predicted.  

When just a black woman complained that police did not treat her with respect, Barak Obama, without even a perfunctory call to police to find out if it was true, blamed police. 

Off he went. 

Ferguson's lie, "Hands up!" is still being propagated by media, with PBS showing children carrying anti-police signs saying, "don't shoot me because I am black."

Without yet knowing what happened in Baltimore fully, we do know that police failed to secure a prisoner in a van which resulted in his death.  Negligence, or even gross negligence, has been turned into murder.  A switchblade's mechanism now stands between an illegal weapon, or an illegal arrest.  A known drug dealer ran from police. 

Obama funded inner city "community organizers" who are paid protestors to further stir up the "Us versus Them" mentality in Baltimore.  Blaming Republicans was met with "Democrats have run this city for 50 years", so he switched to saying no investments were made in Baltimore, which was met with, "what about your "stimulus" package?"  Then, schools were said to be short on money, which was met with, "more money per student is spent in Baltimore than in most every city in America!"

Strike one, strike two, strike three. 

The cops are "racist bullies."

It is "us versus them."

Every movement needs a "them" to unity "us."

A Mississippi police chief has said that his deputies are in danger because of the prevailing attitude from the White House. 

Baltimore police were told to "stand down" and "give space" to the rioters to destroy their own city. 

Around the country, this year more than in the last 6 years, police are the bad guys and for some reason, the message has been this:

Black men are being killed by police.  

Well, the inevitable backlash has begun.  Our entire nation is under a new crime wave.  The 

Recent statistics in the Wall Street Journal say that gun violence is up 60% from this time last year.  In Baltimore alone on Memorial weekend, 32 shootings and 9 dead.  

None by police. 

Black on black violence without having police to blame...at least, not directly.  A new blame is coming:

Police are not protecting black lives.

So instead of "black men are dying at the hands of police" it is now, "Black men are dying bucks police won't protect them."

The demonization of our police is in full bloom just in time for schools being let out, and "misguided youth" to shoot each other during day time hours.  

In Baltimore, police were told to "give space" to the "thugs" who, in just 24 hours, were changed to "misguided youths" while burning police cars. 

Now when a police officer, black or white, is summoned to a crime scene, they are met with a mob of 30 or 40 black men waiting for them. 

Would you get out of your car?

Want to chase a drug dealer only to be arrested for a false arrest?

No, thank you.

Want to be a black officer being told by thugs, "you're one of us!"?

No, thank you. 

In Milwaukee, homicides are up 180% since May of 2014 until now.  It is the most violence seen in decades.  

St. Louis?  Shootings are up 39%, robberies 43% and homicides 25%. 

Joe Vaccaroe, an alderman, was quoted as saying, "Crime is the worst I've ever seen."

Police are the bad guys?



In Atlanta, murders are up in the same period, May 2014 until May 2015, are up 32%. 
Chicago?  Gun violence is up 24%.  Homicides are up 17%. 
In Los Angeles, gun violence is up 25%. 
New York city, murder is up 13% but this number is expected to be revised, as May comes to a close, upward dramatically as the past week has seen an increase in shootings. 

In East Harlem?  Gun violence is up more than 500%. 

South Central?  Shootings are up more than 100% from last year. 

Arrests are down in Baltimore 50%, and has fallen dramatically in New York City. 

Police are the "bad guys" and they are afraid to do their jobs, and they fear for their lives. 

The surge in gun violence is the level of agitation coming from the mouths of politicians against police. 
In NYC, police turned their backs to protest Di Blasio's own statements of teaching his children how to "protect themselves" from police. 

The media is filled with anti-police rants with more and more Americans believing that black males were dying at a significant rate at the hands of police. 

It is a lie. 

It is a lie that is being used to fuel a "revolution" of "distribution of wealth" and the demonization of law enforcement in our country. 

The Wall Street Journal's article said, "Since last summer, the airwaves have been dominated by suggestions that the police are the biggest threat facing young black males today. A handful of highly publicized deaths of unarmed black men, often following a resisted arrest—including Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., in July 2014, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014 and Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month—have led to riots, violent protests and attacks on the police. Murders of officers jumped 89% in 2014, to 51 from 27. 
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, before he stepped down last month, embraced the conceit that law enforcement in black communities is infected by bias. The news media pump out a seemingly constant stream of stories about alleged police mistreatment of blacks, with the reports often buttressed by cellphone videos that rarely capture the behavior that caused an officer to use force. "

We hear of Eric Garner and the choke hold, and we know that there were better ways to handle it, but few step up and say, "Why did he resist?  Who thinks they can win against armed police?"  At what point was a man, surrounded by 5 or 6 police officers, responsible for his own behavior?

With Ferguson, we had a violent, dangerous young strong criminal coming at an uniformed officer.  

That the police were in uniform is to say:  He knew the cop was armed but still came at him.  In fact, Ferguson is less violent without Michael Brown on the street.  This means that Ferguson's black citizens would have been safer had Brown been incarcerated. 

When a black man is arrested or shot, the media down plays the threat and inputs race into the story, knowing that the lies like "hands up!" spread further and faster than the truth that a criminal was acting in a violent, threatening manner.  

Many Americans said, back in 2008, that they elected Barak Obama to prove that they were not racist and believed he would unify the country.  

We look back at 2008 and long for those days when racial divide wasn't anywhere near what it is today.  
He has painted police as racist bullies, and we learned from the District Attorney's own words just how involved the White House was in Baltimore, which showed its farce side when it took all but 24 hours to:
Change violent criminal thugs to "misguided youth" and 24 hours to rush to charges against six police officers that go way beyond any form of negligence.  
The WJ article continued:  
"Almost any police shooting of a black person, no matter how threatening the behavior that provoked the shooting, now provokes angry protests, like those that followed the death of Vonderrit Myers in St. Louis last October. The 18-year-old Myers, awaiting trial on gun and resisting-arrest charges, had fired three shots at an officer at close range. Arrests in black communities are even more fraught than usual, with hostile, jeering crowds pressing in on officers and spreading lies about the encounter. "

"Acquittals of police officers for the use of deadly force against black suspects are now automatically presented as a miscarriage of justice."
Race is shown, consistently in media, as the reason for the aquittal.  A non black police officer who confronts a violent black criminal has no choice but to walk away and leave the community in danger. He or she simply cannot use force to stop the criminal, under the Obama atmosphere of "Us versus Them."
As the chief in Mississippi clearly showed:
Police are sick of it.  
They are sick to their souls. 
Eric Holder sought to bring "restorative justice" to blacks.  Thus, black   students who physically assaulted a white female school teacher in Chicago or New York found:

The school blamed the teacher for the attack. 
As illogical as this sounds, it is.  
You see, the white school teacher failed to understand that black youth are "demonstrative" and should have been shown more respect. 
The same students are now, under "restorative justice" not permitted to have their cell phones taken from them.  It is their "right."
How did they respond?
They taunted teachers and aimed their phone cameras under the skirts of teachers. 

Students heard.  Black students, in particular, heard that authority was to be resisted, including police authority and teachers' authority.  Guess who loses in the long run?  The same male black students who will be ill equipped to compete in the work place in America. Thus, the dependence upon the government grows generationally and proportionatly, giving the ruling political party a solid block of loyal voters. 
It is insulting to the black race.  
Politicians are telling them that they are inferior, and are victims, and anyone who tells them to fight their way out, not with guns, but with education, and hard work, is a racist.  This was the recent almost universal condemnation of a professor recently who talked about Asian immigrants refusing the "victim status", instead, integrating and working hard.  He was condemned as "racist" while the Boston University professor who ridiculed white rape victims and said she boycotts white owned businesses on MLK Day, was defended for her use of Free Speech.  She is the same one who said that "the" problem in America is the "white male."
She will be grading white male test scores and the school will be cashing white male's checks to pay this hateful racist's salary.  

The students are listening, just as the criminals are listening.  
The students are not just running all over the teachers:  they are losing their educations. The "restorative justice" is a joke.  
They know now that they can use the vile mysogynistic language of rap music and call female teachers "bitches and ho's" without suspension. 

It is open season on cops and teachers under Barak Obama.  

With the increase in violence, will Barak Obama change course?

No.  He has shown an utter  deafness to the voice of reason, but will dig his heels in, and attack police with even more venom.  
When the criminal justice system via a grand jury, views the evidence and does not indict a police officer, the White House responds with new, federal muscles and special federal "civil rights" prosecutors are assigned.
When a cop is compelled to use force against a black criminal and a grand jury fails to find that any criminal activity took place, Obama will respond with federal prosecution.  In other words, they will get the result they want to get, justice be damned. 

Police now know this.  They get it.  
So do the criminals.  
NY's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, wants to create a special state prosecutor dedicated solely to prosecuting cops who use lethal force.  Gov. Cuomo goes even further:

If a grand jury fails to indict an officer, he will appoint a new, special prosecutor to try again. 

The cops are the bad guys and must be shown as such.  If the legal system does not agree, the politicians will get another legal system to find the cop guilty. 

Imagine the glee of organized crime in New York City over this?
Imagine the grief of any police officer in New York City?  

The atmosphere is so great that even when the public is spoke to, they repeat back the same lies propagated by our own government against police.  

Across the country, the criminal mind is empowered.  In St. Louis, murder and gun violence is up, while arrests are down.  Police are afraid. 

What do they fear?

They fear, now, thanks to Baltimore, that they will make a procedural mistake and be arrested. 
They fear that if they have to use lethal force, and the suspect is black, that the government will prosecute them, again and again, until the government gets a conviction. 
This is insane. 

They fear responding to violent crime and being met by the "misguided youth" who are not only killing each other, but could aim the same guns at each other. 

These same communities where unemployment is so high, has local politicians still supporting the incessant influx of immigrants so that the wealthy business owners can have their cheap labor and the inner city ghetto will remain dependent upon the government to survive.  The "New American Seedling" goes unchallenged by the very community leaders who should be seeking to help their own, first, land jobs.  As American debt grows in unprecedented manner, the "blame W." has gotten old but more and more black communities are feeling not only the betrayal by Obama, but are taking their cue from him on blaming police.  

After the Michael Brown shooting, arrests dropped more than 33%. 
What do you think happened to homicides?
Homicides rose 47%.
Robbery rose by 82%. 
So, which is it?
Are police the bad guys or are police the bad guys?  
Do we want them arresting criminals only if the criminals are not black?  Ask this to the citizens of Baltimore who are afraid to leave their homes at night, yet share the same pigmentation of the criminals.  They're scared to go out at night.  What happens when school lets out?
Are police the bad guys or are they the good guys?
It isn't that easy. 
Police were blamed for killing young black males. 

 Here is the lie:
Politicians and Media took a few deaths, and blamed police as "oppressive racist bullies"; so police stopped policing and now, in just a weekend, 32 blacks were shot.  9 are dead.  A child was among the victims!  

The WSJ article continued:  
“Any cop who uses his gun now has to worry about being indicted and losing his job and family,” a New York City officer tells me. “Everything has the potential to be recorded. A lot of cops feel that the climate for the next couple of years is going to be nonstop protests.”
Police officers now second-guess themselves about the use of force. “Officers are trying to invent techniques on the spot for taking down resistant suspects that don’t look as bad as the techniques taught in the academy,” says Jim Dudley, who recently retired as deputy police chief in San Francisco. Officers complain that civilians don’t understand how hard it is to control someone resisting arrest.
A New York City cop tells me that he was amazed to hear people scoffing that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, only looked a “little red” after Brown assaulted him and tried to grab his weapon: “Does an officer need to be unconscious before he can use force? If someone is willing to fight you, he’s also willing to take your gun and shoot you. You can’t lose a fight with a guy who has already put his hands on you because if you do, you will likely end up dead.” 

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, discussing hostility toward the police, told me in an interview on Friday: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m guessing it will take five years to recover.” 
Even if officer morale were to miraculously rebound, policies are being put into place that will make it harder to keep crime down in the future. Those initiatives reflect the belief that any criminal-justice action that has a disparate impact on blacks is racially motivated. 
In New York, pedestrian stops—when the police question and sometimes frisk individuals engaged in suspicious behavior—have dropped nearly 95% from their 2011 high, thanks to litigation charging that the NYPD’s stop, question and frisk practices were racially biased. A judge agreed, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, upon taking office last year, did too, embracing the resulting judicial monitoring of the police department. It is no surprise that shootings are up in the city. 
Politicians and activists in New York and other cities have now taken aim at “broken windows” policing. This police strategy has shown remarkable success over the past two decades by targeting low-level public-order offenses, reducing the air of lawlessness in rough neighborhoods and getting criminals off the streets before they commit bigger crimes. Opponents of broken-windows policing somehow fail to notice that law-abiding residents of poor communities are among the strongest advocates for enforcing laws against public drinking, trespassing, drug sales and drug use, among other public-order laws. 
As attorney general, Eric Holder pressed the cause of ending “mass incarceration” on racial grounds; elected officials across the political spectrum have jumped on board. A 2014 California voter initiative has retroactively downgraded a range of property and drug felonies to misdemeanors, including forcible theft of guns, purses and laptops. More than 3,000 felons have already been released from California prisons, according to the Association of Deputy District Attorneys in Los Angeles County. Burglary, larceny and car theft have surged in the county, the association reports. 
“There are no real consequences for committing property crimes anymore,” Los Angeles Police Lt. Armando Munoz told Downtown News earlier this month, “and the criminals know this.” The Milwaukee district attorney, John Chisholm, is diverting many property and drug criminals to rehabilitation programs to reduce the number of blacks in Wisconsin prisons; critics see the rise in Milwaukee crime as one result.
If these decriminalization and deincarceration policies backfire, the people most harmed will be their supposed beneficiaries: blacks, since they are disproportionately victimized by crime. The black death-by-homicide rate is six times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. The killers of those black homicide victims are overwhelmingly other black civilians, not the police. The police could end all use of lethal force tomorrow and it would have at most a negligible impact on the black death rate. In any case, the strongest predictor of whether a police officer uses force is whether a suspect resists arrest, not the suspect’s race.
Contrary to the claims of the “black lives matter” movement, no government policy in the past quarter century has done more for urban reclamation than proactive policing. Data-driven enforcement, in conjunction with stricter penalties for criminals and “broken windows” policing, has saved thousands of black lives, brought lawful commerce and jobs to once drug-infested neighborhoods and allowed millions to go about their daily lives without fear.
To be sure, police officers need to treat everyone they encounter with courtesy and respect. Any fatal police shooting of an innocent person is a horrifying tragedy that police training must work incessantly to prevent. But unless the demonization of law enforcement ends, the liberating gains in urban safety over the past 20 years will be lost.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Off Topic:

Several people have been "sharing" a missing person post which has gone into my facebook feed several times over the past couple days (17 yr old girl missing a few towns over from me). I was struck by what I feel are several concerning red flags. Can I share the post here?

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I should post it here, but suffice to say the 2nd sentence of the post is "I am sorry to friends and family having to hear about this on facebook". Isn't that suspicious when the person "apologizes"? The writer also denigrates the daughter by saying that she "is not mentally stable right now". The writer also switches from using capital "I" to lower case "i" once she states the last time she has seen and heard from daughter and then stays with lowercase "i". Very fishy. I guess we'll see what the other updates are.

trustmeigetit said...

"cellphone videos that rarely capture the behavior that caused an officer to use force"


That statement is so true Peter.

Like with Michael Brown.

How many witness were there?
How many likely had a cell phone?

So how is it, all these witness...most with a cell phone yet not a single video of Michael with his hands up?

The videos only surface when it serves their point.

The truth no longer seems to matter.



tania cadogan said...

Hi Anonymous, please do post the missing person post.

Off topic posts are always welcomed here and are used to alert us of things of interest due to their nature, old cases coming to the fore, examples of truth or deception, breaking news cases and anything else which can be used as examples.

John mcgowan said...

Murders Rise As Arrests Plunge In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years.

The most recent killings claimed the lives of Jennifer Jeffrey and her seven-year-old son, Kester Anthony Browne. They were identified by Jeffrey's sister, Danielle Wilder.

Jeffrey and her son were found dead early Thursday, each from gunshot wounds to the head.

As family members cried and held each other on the quiet, leafy block in Southwest Baltimore where they lived, Wilder said she felt as if "my heart has been ripped out."

Wilder said a neighbor called their other sister early Thursday, concerned that she hadn't hear any noise coming from Jeffrey's house: no footsteps, Wilder said, no voices, and no gunshots. But when her brother let himself into the house to check on the mother and son, he discovered their bodies.

"She was in the living room," Wilder said. "The baby was upstairs, in the bed."

Wilder said police told her there were no signs of forced entry, and that whoever killed Jeffrey and Browne were let into the house sometime yesterday. Wilder said she thinks whoever killed Jeffrey, who also lived with her niece and grand-niece, wanted to catch her alone, and that the boy was collateral damage.

Thursday's deaths continue a grisly and dramatic uptick in murders across Baltimore that has so far claimed the lives of 38 people. Meanwhile, arrests have plunged: Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year.

Arrests were already declining before Freddie Gray died on April 19 of injuries he suffered in police custody, but they dropped sharply thereafter, as his death unleashed protests, riots, the criminal indictment of six officers and a full-on civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department that has officers working under close scrutiny.

"I'm afraid to go outside," said Antoinette Perrine, whose brother was shot down three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. Ever since, she has barricaded her door and added metal slabs inside her windows to deflect gunfire.

John mcgowan said...

Cont..

"It's so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside," Perrine said. "People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They're nowhere."

West Baltimore residents worry they've been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them, leaving some neighborhoods like the Wild West without a lawman around.

"Before it was over-policing. Now there's no police," said Donnail "Dreads" Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was chased down. "People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren't pulling them up like they used to."

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said his officers "are not holding back," despite encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.

"Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time," Batts said.

Batts provided more details at a City Council meeting Wednesday night, saying officers now fear getting arrested for making mistakes.

"What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization. There are people who have pain, there are people who are hurt, there are people who are frustrated, there are people who are angry," Batts said. "There are people, and they've said this to me, `If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?' They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don't know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking."

The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 on Thursday posted a statement from President Gene Ryan on social media saying that the police are "under siege.

John mcgowan said...

Cont..

"The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest," Ryan wrote. "(Police) are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty."

Protesters said Gray's death is emblematic of a pattern of police violence and brutality against impoverished African-Americans in Baltimore. In October, Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited the Justice Department to participate in a collaborative review of police policies. The fallout from Gray's death prompted the mayor to ramp that up, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch agreed to a more intensive probe into whether the department employs discriminatory policing, excessive force and unconstitutional searches and arrests.

Baltimore was seeing a slight rise in homicides this year even before Gray's death April 19. But the 38 homicides so far in May is a major spike, after 22 in April, 15 in March, 13 in February and 23 in January.

With one weekend still to go, May 2015 is already the deadliest month in 15 years, surpassing the November 1999 total of 36.

Ten of May's homicides happened in the Western District, which has had as many homicides in the first five months of this year as it did all of last year.

Non-fatal shootings are spiking as well - 91 so far in May, 58 of them in the Western District.

The mayor said her office is "examining" the relationship between the homicide spike and the dwindling arrest rate.

Even before Gray's death, police were making between 25 and 28 percent fewer arrests each month than they made in the same month last year. But so far in May, arrests are down roughly 56 percent. Police booked just 1,045 people in the first 19 days of May, an average of 55 a day. In the same time period last year, police arrested 2,396 people, an average of 126 a day.

In fact, police did not make any arrests in the triple digits between April 22 and May 19, except on two occasions: On April 27, when protests gave way to rioting, police arrested 246 people. On May 2, the last day of a city-wide curfew, police booked 140 people.

At a news conference Wednesday, Rawlings-Blake said there are "a lot of reasons why we're having a surge in violence."

"Other cities that have experienced police officers accused or indicted of crimes, there's a lot of distrust and a community breakdown," Rawlings-Blake said. "The result is routinely increased violence."

"It's clear that the relationship between the commissioner and the rank-and-file is strained," she added. "He's working very hard to repair that relationship."

Emergency response specialist Michael Greenberger cautions against directly blaming police. The founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, the spike in homicides is more likely a response to Gray's death and the rioting.

"We went through a period of such intense anger that the murder rate got out of control. I think it's been really hard for the police to keep on top of that," he said.

Lee disagrees. He says rival gang members are taking advantage of the police reticence to settle old scores.

"There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting," Lee added. "Usually, you can't walk up and down the street drinking or smoking weed. Now, people are everywhere smoking weed, and police just ride by, look at you, and keep going. There used to be police on every corner. I don't think they'll be back this summer."

John mcgowan said...

Cont..

Batts acknowledged that "the service we're giving is off-target with the community as a whole" and he promised to pay special attention to the Western District.

Veronica Edmonds, a 26-year-old mother of seven in the Gilmor Homes, said she wishes the police would return, and focus on violent crime rather than minor drug offenses.

"If they focused more on criminals and left the petty stuff alone, the community would have more respect for police officers," she said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/28/baltimore-murders_n_7463918.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000021

Jen Ow said...

Are people seriously this clueless? This quote says it all.

"Before it was over-policing. Now there's no police," said Donnail "Dreads" Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was chased down. "People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren't pulling them up like they used to."

-Soooo, I guess what you're saying is that it wasn't 'over policing', it was necessary to keep the city from falling into criminal chaos??

John mcgowan said...
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Sus said...

Jen Ow,
Agreed! Donnail "Dreads" Lee knows exactly what's going on in his neighborhood. Lee also tells us rival gang members are evening scores...after the professional protesters are gone and the police hold back.

John mcgowan said...

Does Donnail "Dreads" Lee, know the identity of the shooter?

Emergency response specialist Michael Greenberger cautions against directly blaming police. The founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, the spike in homicides is more likely a response to Gray's death and the rioting.

"We went through a period of such intense anger that the murder rate got out of control. I think it's been really hard for the police to keep on top of that," he said.

Lee disagrees. He says rival gang members are taking advantage of the police reticence to settle old scores.

"There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting," Lee added.

Articles like pronouns are reliable.

Peter Hyatt said...

"There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting," Lee added. "Usually, you can't walk up and down the street drinking or smoking weed. Now, people are everywhere smoking weed, and police just ride by, look at you, and keep going. There used to be police on every corner. I don't think they'll be back this summer."

The author of the article has cut up quotes.

Does he know the identity of the shooter?

Answer: Maybe.

But at this point: We do not know due to context.

If he spoke this in the Free Editing Process, without prompt, he does, in deed, know the shooter. Depending upon the neighborhood, the shooter may be well known, and the subject frightened to report this.

If he had spoken of the event prior, and was "mid stream" with the journalist, "the" may be appropriate.

Journalism today often "dumbs" down articles and seeks to prove a point. This was an AP article that the blog picked up.

John, it is good you are asking questions, listening, and looking for truth. I also appreciate the off-topic posts as they call our attention to other stories and quotes.

Back to Baltimore:

Given Obama's refusal to apologize or "be wrong", his ego will not allow him to admit error. I expect him to actually increase his calls against law enforcement, and attempt to federalize police.

The "disarm the police!" protests are getting louder, even as more people are dying.

It is particularly unjust to black citizens in these neighborhoods.

It is, in effect, racism.

Peter

Peter Hyatt said...

"There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting," Lee added. "Usually, you can't walk up and down the street drinking or smoking weed. Now, people are everywhere smoking weed, and police just ride by, look at you, and keep going. There used to be police on every corner. I don't think they'll be back this summer."

The author of the article has cut up quotes.

Does he know the identity of the shooter?

Answer: Maybe.

But at this point: We do not know due to context.

If he spoke this in the Free Editing Process, without prompt, he does, in deed, know the shooter. Depending upon the neighborhood, the shooter may be well known, and the subject frightened to report this.

If he had spoken of the event prior, and was "mid stream" with the journalist, "the" may be appropriate.

Journalism today often "dumbs" down articles and seeks to prove a point. This was an AP article that the blog picked up.

John, it is good you are asking questions, listening, and looking for truth. I also appreciate the off-topic posts as they call our attention to other stories and quotes.

Back to Baltimore:

Given Obama's refusal to apologize or "be wrong", his ego will not allow him to admit error. I expect him to actually increase his calls against law enforcement, and attempt to federalize police.

The "disarm the police!" protests are getting louder, even as more people are dying.

It is particularly unjust to black citizens in these neighborhoods.

It is, in effect, racism.

Peter

Anonymous said...

Hi Tania, I will post the fb post of mother and grandmother. Apparently the girl has been found, and it seems police had determined early on she was a runaway and was with same or similarly aged female friend who was speaking by phone to the mother but "would not let" mother speak to daughter. The grandmother posted a post trying to refute idea that the girl could have been a runaway. Mother had written that the girl was in database of missing children after being missing less than 48 hrs. Mother stated on fb page that grandmother was going to attend a rock concert the next night and someone could go with her free if they would hang up flyers there. I am posting bc I STILL find the language concerning, and, if nothing more, it's a sample to learn from.

Anonymous said...

This was posted by girl's mother. Reiterating that this 17 yr old girl was found and it was determined she was a runaway.

I was hoping not to have to do this but i need the power of facebook. I am sorry to friends and family hearing about this on facebook. I have not seen or heard from my daughter (name of daughter) since yesterday morning when i dropped her off at school. The police in (name of town) and (name of town) are looking for her. (Name of daughter) is not emotional stable right now so any help finding her would be appreciated. She was last seen in (name of town) with (name of girl's friend). Someone knows where she is and i am begging them to contact me or the police. (Name of daughter) needs help. She is not well."

Anonymous said...

This was posted by grandmother following it coming out that mother was speaking to friend of daughter's who would "not let" the mother talk to daughter. Everything in parentheses are my words. The girl appeared normal, healthy, normal intelligence in picture they provided. Again, language in both these posts seems odd. Girl has been found and determined to be a runaway.

This is (name), my granddaughter. She has been missing since Thursday. She is emotionally unstable and suffers from (rare congenital brain malformation). I am worried about her safety! A runaway, perhaps, but I spent the day with her on Wednesday and she appeared happy, making plans for her future, talked about getting a job, saving money to go to the prom next year. She also talked about our trip to New York in July and the fun things we'll do. She also talked about her appointment with her Therapist at 4pm that day, saying she was in such a good mood that she didn't know what she would discuss. Does this sound like a runaway? In any case, she's is NOT where she should be and needs to be home NOW!

Sara said...

For an accurate look at statistics on police officers deaths in the line of duty (includes murders and traffic related and "others") see the National law enforcement officers memorial fund site -- nleomf.org. Despite how the press is reporting it, the facts show that officer deaths are DOWN and have been DECREASING for decades. There were 116 (+/- 5) in 2014. By contrast over 1000 citizens were killed by police (these were justified killings as determined by the police).