The white guilt crowd.
NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among 15 different stories. The Ferguson entry received 22 first-place votes, Ebola 11 and the Islamic State story 12.
The voting was conducted before the announcement that the United States and Cuba were re-establishing diplomatic relations and Sony Pictures’ decision to withdraw its film “The Interview” in the wake of computer hacking and threats.
New York Times Calls On Obama To Order Criminal Investigation Into Dick Cheney For “Torturing” Al-Qaeda…
Really? This is one of the NYT’s top priorities?
… No amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in the report. Indeed, it is impossible to read it and conclude that no one can be held accountable. At the very least, Mr. Obama needs to authorize a full and independent criminal investigation.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch are to give Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. a letter Monday calling for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate what appears increasingly to be “a vast criminal conspiracy, under color of law, to commit torture and other serious crimes.”
The question everyone will want answered, of course, is: Who should be held accountable? That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions of a former president.
But any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.
Who’s up for another round of rioting?
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was justified in using force and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after more than 70 demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested.
Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, was acting in self defense when he shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times during a struggle in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement.
Peaceful protests had been occurring regularly in Milwaukee since the incident but none with as many arrests as on Friday, when 74 people were taken into custody after their evening demonstration spilled onto a major freeway, stopping traffic during rush hour.
The demonstration was the latest of several against police violence across the country following recent cases where unarmed black men were killed by white police officers.
And by “anyone” they mean black suspects.
NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.
The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though there is no evidence any threats are imminent. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had vowed in an Instagram post to put “wings on pigs” as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police. […]
After the officers’ killings, a union-generated message at the 35,000-officer NYPD warned officers that they should respond to every radio call with two cars — “no matter what the opinion of the patrol supervisor” — and not make arrests “unless absolutely necessary.” The president of the detectives union told members in a letter to work in threes when out on the street, wear bulletproof vests and keep aware of their surroundings.
Another directive warned officers in Newark, New Jersey, not to patrol alone and to avoid people looking for confrontations. At the same time, a memo from an NYPD chief asked officers to limit their comments “via all venues, including social media, to expressions of sorrow and condolence.”
We know which side the Oakland PD is on. Update to a previous story.
Via Inside Bay Area
Officials with the Oakland Police Department said this week that they were unaware the California Highway Patrol used undercover officers — including one who pulled a gun on protesters after he said he feared for his partner’s safety — during recent demonstrations on Oakland streets.
“We’ve been unable to find anyone that knew that particular detail existed,” Oakland police Sgt. Holly Joshi said.
The undercover officers, called “plainclothes” officers by CHP officials, were monitoring a protest on Dec. 10 when their cover was blown by suspicious protesters. While attempting to arrest a suspect who had allegedly struck an officer, another officer drew his service pistol and pointed it at bystanders who the CHP said were advancing on the pair.
The revelation from Oakland police is contrasted by statements given last week by Avery Browne, chief of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division, who said that Berkeley and Oakland police officials knew CHP was using officers dressed in street clothes marching alongside demonstrators.[…]
he CHP has been assisting Berkeley and Oakland with controlling protests under a mutual aid agreement, a system created by the state in 1961 to allow neighboring agencies to assist each other during emergencies or times of civil unrest. Mutual aid agreements are vague, and do not include information on specific details, authorities said.
The two officers in question were following protesters first in an unmarked car, then on foot in downtown Oakland, on Dec. 10, Browne said. As the crowd marched down Harrison Street near Lake Merritt, some became suspicious of the two officers, eventually pulling off their handkerchiefs and hat while asking if they were police officers.
One of the officers drew his service weapon during the melee, saying he feared for his and his partner’s life as he wrestled with one man and a crowd of about 30 circled them, Browne said. One of the officers was kicked in the head and required medical care, officials said.
Note how he doesn’t deny it.
RANGEL: I believe we can overcome anything. This is one of them. I like your phrase this is a many layer problem. I’m also pleased to see race came up in it. People think sometime I see a problem and I attach it to race. This is a time to be talking about not about the racial issue but the burial and memory of two people who died courageously.
Via Military Times:
… The long-term effects of Obama’s social policies on the military remain unknown. But one thing is clear: He is a deeper unpopular commander in chief among the troops.
According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.
The same marches led by Sharpton, but don’t worry, he had absolutely nothing to do with this.
… The shooter said on Instagram that he was going to kill police officers, and referenced the recent deaths of Garner and Michael Brown, who was fatally shot in Ferguson. in both cases, the officers were not indicted, leading to nationwide protests.
“Do you think the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner pushed a disturbed man over the edge?” Lauer asked.
“What’s quite apparent, obvious, is that the target of these two police officers was a direct spinoff of this issue of these demonstrations,” Bratton said.
Al Sharpton Worries The Execution of Two Cops He Inspired Could Derail His Racist Money-Making Racket…
Poor Al, why can’t people understand he’s the real victim here.
Via CBS News:
…Similarly, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for peaceful protests, condemned “eye-for-an-eye” violence and called it absurd to blame protesters or politicians for the officers’ deaths.
“We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided – from those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight,” he said.
Sharpton added: “There are those of us committed to nonviolence and making the system work. And there are those committed to anarchy and recklessness who could care less about the families of police or the families who have raised questions about police accountability.”
HT: Hot Air
NAACP: Race Baiters Whipping Blacks Into A Frenzy With Anti-Police Rhetoric Has “No Connection” To Execution of Two NYPD Cops…
Via Daily Caller:
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund came out swiftly with a statement condemning the brutal murder of two New York City police officers Sunday, while exploiting the event to demand gun control and trying to claim it had no connection to the recent protests against police following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
“Yesterday’s fatal shooting of two police officers in New York is shocking and tragic. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law extend their condolences to the families and colleagues of both officers, and we stand with the residents of New York City in mourning this senseless loss of life,” began the statement.
“These two killings…like so many other unfortunate incidences of gun violence, provide a stark example of the need for sensible gun control measures,” the statement continued.
Which is exactly how you’d expect the Marxist lunatics to respond.
Via Daily Mail:
North Korea has threatened more attacks against the U.S. government and other American institutions in the wake of the hack on Sony which cancelled the release of The Interview.
The government – which was outraged by the film showing the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un – also claimed to have ‘clear evidence’ that the U.S. government engineered the project as a ‘propaganda’ attack against North Korea.
In a ranting post published by the state news agency KCNA, Korean authorities hit back in an escalating war of words in which they say they will ‘blow up’ the White House – while bizarrely continuing to deny they have anything to do with the cyber attacks on Sony.
Count Dorkulus hardest hit.
Via Free Beacon:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has toy lasers and lightsabers in its sights, issuing guidance to regulate the toys on Friday.
“Many a kid (and parent) who has seen Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber thinks lasers are cool,” the government said in a blog post.
“What they may not know is this: When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness.”
“And not just to the person using a laser, but to anyone within range of the laser beam,” the agency warned.
The FDA said they are “particularly concerned” about laser toys as the reason for issuing new rules for toy makers.
I hope the race baiters are happy now, they created this.
…Throughout New York, the execution-style killing of these officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn has generated a near-universal sense of horror at the crime — and sympathy for the victims.
But the scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn’t entirely supportive. “You’re a bunch of killers,” a passerby told cops standing sentry there, according to one police source. And short distance from the crime scene — where a crowd was backed up by the police tape — a few members of the crowd repeated “fuck the cops” within earshot of a Daily Beast reporter.
Others seemed less sympathetic towards the police, and even seemed to resent that the cops didn’t take as much notice of the area’s other crimes. While violent offenses are dramatically down in Bed Stuy, pockets of violence persist here.
“Gunshots is usual for this neighborhood,” said Kenneth Otero, 30, who lives in a ninth-floor apartment across the street in Tompkins Houses, the housing projects Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assigned to.
Normally we would have a “Sunday smile” post to end the weekend.
But this weekend, perhaps a candle and prayers would better serve.
Thank you Officers Liu and Ramos for being part of the ‘thin blue line’. May you rest in peace and may your families and friends be comforted.
Candlelight vigil in remembrance of the two fallen NYPD officers. NA-44SU pic.twitter.com/mx5lMiDi18
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) December 22, 2014
A sad and somber place …. At the vigil at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot Saturday in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/DPRd8vzdNI
— Matthew Diebel (@MatthewDiebel) December 21, 2014
— Natalia Martinez (@NataliaWAVE3) December 21, 2014
— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) December 21, 2014
— Pearl Gabel (@PearlGabel) December 22, 2014
Community makes way for grieving NYPD officer at vigil pic.twitter.com/hQEZ4kGD0Y
— Pearl Gabel (@PearlGabel) December 22, 2014
— John Taggart (@jtaggphoto) December 22, 2014
Eyewitness: People At Scene of NYPD Cop Execution “Clapping And Laughing,” Saying “They Deserved It”…
Words can’t describe.
Via Daily Beast:
For Carlos, who walks his 10-year old daughter to school pass the police cruiser posted at Tompkins and Myrtle avenues, the double homicide—just a football field from his home of over a decade—was tragic.
“I walk my kid to school, passed that cop car everyday,” he said. “That’s their post. What would people rather not have the cops here to keep us safe?”
“Nobody deserves this,” he added. “If they really wanted to get revenge they should have gone to Staten Island and found the cops that killed Eric Garner.” […]
One 30-year-old local who gave his first name only as Carlos, didn’t hear the fatal gunfire but saw the hysteria aftewards and walked to the police tape.
“A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” he said.
“Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them right because you mistreat people!’” he said.
Via Daily Caller:
Slain New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos condemned a recent violent Eric Garner protest as “disgusting.”
Ramos was fatally shot execution-style Saturday along with officer Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who sought revenge for the deaths of of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Days before his death, Ramos criticized the violent Brown-Garner protests. He also showed his support for the police union that is trying to block Mayor Bill de Blasio from officers’ funerals, suggesting that he was a member.
“Disgusting a professor that attacks police officers,” Ramos wrote in a Facebook review of New York City’s Baruch College, which employs an English professor named Eric Linsker.
So did the protesters stop for even this evening?
— Justice League NYC (@NYjusticeleague) December 21, 2014
— Justice League NYC (@NYjusticeleague) December 21, 2014
Justice League is the same group with whom de Blasio met last week after the Brooklyn Bridge protest where police were beaten by protesters.
Her comments are no different than hundreds posted all over the internet, including on this site, nothing ‘racist’ in them. But then again, nothing racist in any of the killings people are protesting.
Via Fox News:
A Charlotte Fire Department employee is fighting her dismissal for posting a racially-charged comment on Facebook about the Ferguson police shooting.
The city’s NPR affiliate said in a report Thursday that Crystal Eschert’s September firing has sparked a debate over the First Amendment rights of public employees.
Eschert was working as a Charlotte fire investigator when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
After the shooting, she went on Facebook to ask why another police shooting near Ferguson involving a white victim wasn’t drawing the same amount of attention as the Brown shooting.