Shockingly, AI fails to condemn the rioters.
… This altercation was one of many disturbing encounters enumerated in an Amnesty International report released Thursday night that paints a damning portrayal of the Ferguson police force, which it accuses of committing numerous human rights abuses. The report was deeply skeptical of whether Ferguson cop Darren Wilson was justified in the killing of unarmed Michael Brown, criticized Missouri law it said violates international standards and condemned the local police response for shooting tear gas and rubber bullets, intimidating protesters and restricting residents’ right to peaceful assembly.
“The shooting of Michael Brown has highlighted on a national level the persistent and widespread pattern of racially discriminatory treatment by law enforcement officers across the United States, including unjustified stops and searches, ill treatment and excessive, and sometimes lethal, use of force,” found Amnesty International, which investigates reports of human rights violations in some of the world’s most dangerous locations. Indeed, the report continued, shortly after Brown was shot six times and killed, another young African American man, Kajieme Powell, was also shot dead. “Police claims that he was brandishing a knife were not borne out by available video footage of the shooting.”
The report starts with the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. Many details of that day are hotly disputed and clouded by conflicting witness statements, but one fact is beyond dispute: Brown was not armed. Consequently, he was “unlikely to have presented a serious threat to the life of the police officer,” the report said. “As such, this calls into question whether the use of lethal force was justified, and the circumstances of the killing must be urgently clarified.”
NYC Ax Attacker “Recent Muslim Convert”, Black Power Advocate, Has “Suspected Terrorist Ties”, According To Law Enforcement
When will we hear from Obama?
Via NY Post:
A hatchet-swinging psycho with Islamic militant leanings turned a busy Queens street corner into a scene of bloody chaos Thursday, chopping a rookie cop in the back of the head and slicing a second officer on the arm before two other officers shot him dead.
In opening fire on the madman, cops accidentally wounded a bystander, authorities said.
Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, had just four months on the job when Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens — a “scholarly” but “weird” recent convert to Islam — fractured the back of the cop’s skull with one swing of a blue-handled hatchet at about 2 p.m. in Jamaica.
A 29-year-old woman walking a half-block away was struck in the back by a stray police bullet and was in stable condition, according to police sources.
The NYPD is investigating whether Islamic extremism played a role in the attack, which left the rookie in serious but stable condition Thursday night.
“Helicopters, big military will be useless on their own soil,” Thompson raged in a private Facebook post, Fox News reported.
“They will not be able to defeat our people if we use guerilla warfare. Attack their weak flanks,” he added.
“There’s nothing we know at this time that would indicate that [Islamic terrorism] is the case,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a press conference at Jamaica Hospital.
Two other items of note that should be out there.
The police officers were stopped by a “freelance photographer” to take their picture, and so were standing still as a group on the sidewalk, then Thompson ran up to strike. One would hope that this photographer person was also checked out by police.
Thompson’s friends on Facebook include black power adherents, members of the Nation of Islam and Black Panthers, including people who praise Khalid Muhammad, have posted pictures of Ferguson actions, and this protest in NYC with a banner from Revolutionary Communists:
When conservatives think of Obama:
When libs think of Obama:
Lunchtime bump: I meant to post this video the other day of Obama using his best “black accent” while voting in Chicago:
Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma Capitol Reduced To Rubble By Vandals After Lib Lawsuit Fails To Have It Removed…
Looks like they took matters into their own hands.
A controversial monument of the Ten Commandments at the state Capitol has been destroyed, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The granite monument, which was privately funded stands 6 feet tall and was placed at the Capitol in Nov. 2012
Oklahoma Highway Patrol says around 7 p.m. Thursday troopers responded to an abandoned vehicle which was driven into the statue.
Investigators with OHP have the suspect vehicle in custody and are continuing to investigate evidence surrounding the ordeal.
“We’ll process the scene and suspect vehicle to further the investigation in hopes of locating the responsible party”, stated Patrol spokesperson CPT George Brown.
In September, an Oklahoma County judge threw out a lawsuit that wanted the removal of the Ten Commandments monument at the statehouse steps.
The lawsuit by the ACLU claimed the monument violates the state constitution’s ban against using public property to support church or religion.
CNN’s Costello Apologizes For “Enjoying” Listening To Bristol Palin Describe Being Attacked By A Man…
And no, this isn’t proof of liberal media bias.
CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.
“Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” Costello said in a statement to POLITICO.
On Wednesday, before playing a tape in which Bristol Palin describes an alleged altercation at a party in Wasilla, Alaska, Costello said, “This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across. Well, come across in a long time anyway.”
In the tape, Palin is heard describing what happened to her after she confronted someone she accused of pushing her sister.
“So we were in a limo. I walk back up. “Did you push my sister?” And some guy gets up, pushes me down on the grass, drags me across the grass. “You slut, you f—ing c—, you f—ing this.” I get back up, he pushes me down on the grass again,” Palin said, according to the recording. “And he pulls me by my f—ing feet. And he’s the one that’s leaving and I have my 5-year-old, they took my $300 sunglasses, they took my f—ing shoes, and I’m f—ing just left here?”
After the tape, Costello said “the long bleep was my favorite part.”
“We should point out that no charges were filed in this incident and in a Sept. 19th Facebook post, Sarah Palin defended her daughter, writing part — writing in part, quote, ‘I love my Bristol. I have to say, this is a proud mama. My kids’ defense of my family makes my heart soar.’ You can thank me later,” Costello said.
If you’re eating poop or mucus you find on a street you probably deserve to die from Ebola.
Via Daily Mail:
Craig Spencer, the doctor whose confirmed Ebola diagnosis sent New York City into a tailspin on Thursday, successfully cleared the U.S. government’s newest ‘enhanced’ screening protocols when he returned to the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Spencer, who was in the nation of Guinea treating Ebola patients as part of Doctors Without Borders, passed inspection six days before showing symptoms and checking himself into Bellevue Hospital where he remains in isolation.
‘The healthcare worker had returned through JFK Airport on Oct. 17 and participated in the enhanced screening for all returning travelers from these countries’ affected by the virus, the agency said in a statement.
‘He went through multiple layers of screening and did not have a fever or other symptoms of illness.’
Dennis Rodman hardest hit.
(Reuters) – North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, operators of tours to the isolated country told Reuters.
At least 4,877 people have died in the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, with nearly 10,000 cases recorded by Oct. 19, though the true toll could be three times as much.
“We have just received official news from our partners in the DPRK that, as of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter,” said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China that runs tours in North Korea.
DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Yeah, you’re a total badass, we get it.
They’d be crazy not to.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.
The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.
Police and protesters have repeatedly clashed since the shooting, which prompted a national conversation about race and police tactics. Images of officers in riot gear and armored vehicles confronting protesters have drawn widespread criticism.
Many protesters want Darren Wilson indicted for murder. Grand jury proceedings are secret, but legal analysts say recently leaked information about Wilson’s testimony to investigators may be an attempt to prepare the public for the possibility that he might not be charged.
C’mon, he’s just celebrating multiculturalism.
RADICAL cleric Anjem Choudary sparked fury today by declaring he ‘doesn’t accept’ that British law is valid in the UK.
The 46-year-old hate preacher made the extraordinary statement when asked if jihadist fighters returning from Syria should have their passports confiscated and be charged under anti-terror laws.
Choudary blasted: “I don’t accept British law. If you have a law, you need to apply it universally. These laws are only being applied against Muslims.
“This [anti-terror legislation] is purely being hyped-up to support the bombing campaign that is taking place in Iraq and Syria.”
He also spoke of his support for Islamic State (ISIS) and claimed a ban on jihadists returning to Britain would ‘alienate’ the Muslim community.
He added: “If these guys have actually not committed any crime in England, then why are we stopping them returning?
“I think it’s a very ill thought-out policy, I don’t think it will work.
“I think it will disenfranchise the Muslim community here, I think it would be a cause of further radicalisation in this country.”
Accounts operated by the Islamic State Media Group are spamming Twitter today with a message that seemingly takes responsibility for both terrorist attacks in Canada and the one in NYC yesterday where a group of NYPD officers were assaulted by a man with an ax.
“An Axe attack in New York
The kiss of a hunting rifle in Ottawa
The kiss of being run over by a car
In your heart we attack at you”
UPDATE: This account claims the attack is retribution for attacks on ISIS by America and allied nations
PC fanatics rejoice!
Newington, Conn. (WTNH) — Bah Humbug! It’s the wrong holiday, but some say the grinch came early and took Halloween from the kids at two Newington Elementary Schools. The principals at Ruth Chaffee Elementary and Anna Reynolds Elementary say leave the costumes at home.
That means 8-year-old Alyssa Montano can’t bring her pointed hat and broom to the classroom.
“What did you think when you found out you can’t celebrate Halloween at school?” we asked.
“It was stupid and weird because they shouldn’t take it away from other people,” said Alyssa.
Her mom, Lori, says she was the one to have to break the bad news to her daughter.
“She’s disappointed, very disappointed because she has been doing it all the way up to this year,” said Lori. “Now they are not doing it this year.”
Parents say they got letters from the principals stating that since not everyone celebrates Halloween, it should not be celebrated. Lori Montano says it’s taking political correctness too far.
“I think it’s stupid, it’s not fair for the kids and I mean if some people don’t want to participate, then don’t participate, but they shouldn’t take it away from all the kids,” said Lori.
Cirillo was a single dad to a six year old son who had just started school.
Via Daily Mail:
Their noses peeking out from under the fence, Nathan Cirillo’s dogs wait patiently for their dad – unaware that he will never be coming home.
A day after the 24-year-old Canadian reservist and single dad was gunned down in Ottawa on Wednesday, his forlorn dogs could be seen peering out from his family’s home in Hamilton, Ontario.
Cirillo was devoted to his animals, posting image after image of him grinning beside them to his Instagram feed. Friends also recounted the story of him recently finding an abandoned, emaciated puppy that he nursed back to heath and then re-homed.
‘Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,’ Cirillo wrote just four weeks ago of the pup.
Here are more pictures of Nathan Cirillo, via one of our readers, Blue Sky. Incredibly caring, Canadians on his Instagram are wishing him “a great time in heaven”.
Via Daily Mail:
After two terrorist attacks in Canada in a week left two Canadian soldiers dead, ISIS has stepped up its rhetoric calling for even more radicals to carry out mass murder and mayhem in the country.
An even more horrifying fact is that an estimated 130 Muslim youths in Canada have been seduced and radicalized by ISIS and have even left Canada behind to join forces with them.
The first attack happened Monday night – a hit-and-run by suspected jihadist Martin Rouleau.
The second strike was carried out by a gunman on Wendesday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. One of the shooters, Canadian national Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead, reportsInsite Blog.
Ever since Canada announced their involvement in the coalition against ISIS, jihadist supporters have taken to Twitter to call for ‘justice’ in the hopes to shake the country’s nerves by instilling fear and terror.
One such Twitter account is that of Abu Khalid Al-Kanadi who has tweeted several calls for attack and commented on Rouleu’s attack on October 21, 2014.
Report: NYPD Ax Attacker Railed Against Jews And Christians, Called For “Jihad In The Cause Of Allah”…
Update to this story, of Zale Thompson, who attacked police in NYC with an ax yesterday. We reported on his Facebook and youtube activity indicating he may be an Islamist.
Look at the tape from 2:40 on, these are officers that responded to Dr. Craig Spencer’s apartment. The doctor reportedly was vomiting in the apartment.
It is unclear to me if they had actual contact with the doctor, although the masks and gloves would suggest they thought they could have some exposure in some way.
Watch as they pull off the gloves and masks with their bare hands and just throw them in the open trash can.
HT: LiberatedCit, TargetLiberty
Military retirees to get 1.7% hike in retired pay. As a US Army retiree I would trade my 1.7% for the 1% that our troops are receiving.
Thousands of local nationals working for the U.S. government and other foreign forces in Germany will see their wages increased by 2.4 percent, retroactive to Sept. 1, ver.di, the union representing the workers, announced Wednesday.
The agreement on the new 12-month contract came early on the second day of salary negotiations Wednesday in Bonn between the union and representatives from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance and the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Those discussions were preceded by widespread protests by union members throughout Germany, including one Monday in Landstuhl, where hundreds of local civilians working for the U.S. and other foreign militaries in the Rhineland Palatinate didn’t show up for work to protest stagnant wages.[...]
“We consider this as a good result,” said Jürgen Dehnert, spokesman for the Rhineland Palatinate region of ver.di, on Wednesday.
Dehnert said he did not know what the average wage increase would be.
Achim Meerkamp, a board member of ver.di, said the agreement struck was acceptable, “especially when you consider the fiscal situation of the foreign forces and their plans to save money,” he was quoted in a union press release.
The pay raise also will apply to local nationals slated to lose their jobs because of pending U.S. military post closures.
Breaking: Man Attacks Group Of Police Officers In NYC With An Ax…Update: Muslim Who May Have Been ISIS Supporter…Update: Video Of Attacker
An NYPD rookie is in critical condition and another police officer is in stable condition after being attacked by a man wielding a hatchet on a Queens street Thursday, police said.
Two other officers fired on the man, stopping the attack. The assailant was pronounced dead at the scene. A 29-year-old female bystander was also struck by a bullet and underwent surgery at Jamaica Hospital, where she’s recovering, officials said.
The officers, all recent graduates of the Police Academy assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, were asked to pose for a picture by a freelance photographer at the intersection of 162nd Street and Jamaica Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. when the man attacked them from behind, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
The suspect “charged at the officers with a hatchet in his hand,” Bratton said. “Unprovoked and not speaking a word, the male then swung at one of the officers with a hatchet, striking his right arm. After striking that officer, the suspect continuing swinging the hatchet, striking a second officer in the head.”
It wasn’t clear what provoked the attack, Bratton said. The metal hatchet was about 18 inches long.
Authorities were working to confirm the identity of the assailant, Bratton said.
The 25-year-old officer who was struck in the head, Taylor Kraft, was undergoing surgery and his family, several of whom are NYPD members, was keeping vigil at Jamaica Hospital, Bratton said. The 24-year-old officer who was struck in the arm, Joseph Meeker, was expected to be released from the hospital later Thursday.
Following the attacks on uniformed soldiers in Canada on Wednesday, the NYPD issued a warning for officers to be in a heightened state of awareness.
One thinks that this is not coincidental with timing of the Canada attacks. Here’s his Facebook page:
The hatchet-wielding man who attacked four NYPD officers earlier today and was then shot dead by police may have had ties to ISIS, sources told Vocativ.
Law-enforcement sources we spoke with identified Zale Thompson as the armed man who charged at a group of NYPD uniformed police assembled on a street corner in Jamaica, Queens, at around 2 p.m. today. The 32-year-old Muslim, who lived in Queens, struck one of the officers in the back of the head with his hatchet and gashed another on the arm, the police said.
Pics of the attacker, dead in the background. One of the injured officers is in the foreground. He is in critical condition. Another officer was slashed in the arm, and a woman passerby was hit by an errant bullet in the gunfire and seriously wounded.
Video of start of attack: