By Nicholas Stix
And no one is sicker than the reporters who ignore, condone, excuse, and even encourage it, as we learned from the latest riot.
For reporters, Mike Brown has always been a moving target: At first the Gentle Giant was cut down for no reason whatsoever. Reporters ate it up and black mob violence followed.
When that fairy tale evaporated, they replaced it -- with ease.
The day after the riot ,on "Morning Joe", I learned from a black reporter that because the district attorney of St. Louis took 25 minutes to explain the grand jury decision that was proof positive the cop should have gone to trial. And reason enough to riot.
Joe and Mika shook their heads more in sadness than anger.
Then on CNN, I learned the rioters did not like the tone of the District Attorney’s remarks. And that is why they did it.
Riot night, I learned black mob violence is “understandable,” or so quoth the President of the United States. (Yes, of America.) But I guess we already knew that from his speech at the United Nations.
Also on riot night on Fox, Megyn Kellly -- the devotee of the damages of white privilege -- agreed with a black guest who said the rioters threw molotov cocktails because St. Michael was left in the street for four and half hours.
Back at "Morning Joe", a former Republican White House staffer said it was all about police-community relations. Roughly translated that means too many black people were breaking the law. And too many white cops were catching them.
All this she learned from the greatest speech of the Obama presidency, she said.
Unsaid was how they recently cancelled outstanding warrants to buy the peace. And how did that work out?
I learned that cops in riot gear cause riots.
That was after we learned the riots were “largely peaceful.”
Back at CNN, I learned that black mob violence is no big deal because white people do it too. Just as often. Just as bad. So singling out Ferguson is racist.
Also unsaid: the hundreds of cases of recent black mob violence around the country.
Ferguson was not the only. Just the latest.
No one mentioned Louisville, and how last Spring 200 black people rampaged through that downtown, beating grandparents in front of their grandkids, destroying property, stealing, looting, and creating mayhem.
And when it was over, PBS was kind enough to report that all of that black mob violence was the result of “white racism.”
Black people have no problem saying this all over the country. But reporters black and white are loathe to question it.
And oh yeah, that’s been happening a long time in Louisville, and lots of other places: Cincinnati, Virginia Beach, Fort Lauderdale, DeKalb, South Bend, Champaign, Peoria: Has no one heard about them?
How about the black bus driver who called 20 black people to beat and kick a white family on her bus. All while the black passengers cheered?
College campuses are favorite targets of black crime.
In Rochester, black people have taunted, harassed, robbed, and attacked more than 1000 recent Asian immigrants. A social worker blamed it on Asian “naivete.”
Hear about that?
This is a long list in a short article with no room for the hundreds and hundreds of cases of recent black mob violence and for the denial at a level that can only be called delusional.
Violent crime in America is a black thing. Like the T-Shirt says, I don’t understand it. But this I do know: as bad as black crime rates appear to be (compared with non-black rates) in reality they are even worse.
Bonus reason: MSNBC’s Golden Girl Melissa Harris Perry says that black women do not report domestic violence and rape because they know the violence their men will suffer at the hands of racist white police.
When Oakland installed an acoustic system to track gun shots, police found that 90 percent were never reported.
Let’s close with the hardest -- but most obvious -- truth of all: Black hostility and racial resentment towards white and Asian people are now mainstream.
And they are easy to find it in all the black web sites, all the news shows, fueling all the black mob violence and black on white crime happening right in front of reporters around the country.
More dangerous than ever. More widespread than ever. Sicker than ever.
Long the bane of the NYPD, a Bronx jury spoke last week, raising the bourgeoning Ticketgate police scandal to a new level.
The jury acquitted Bronx attorney Stephen LoPresti of drunken-driving charges -- a guy with three prior drunk-driving convictions -- because jurors did not believe the two arresting officers, who admitted fixing tickets in unrelated cases.
Officer Harrington Marshall testified that he had asked a police union official to make two tickets of family members vanish.
Officer Julissa Goris testified that she had asked her police union delegate to kill a ticket issued to her boyfriend's cousin. Also, when her mother received a ticket, Goris accompanied her to court, spoke to a sergeant, and her mother did not have to pay the fine.
"The message is clear," said Adam D. Perlmutter, one LoPresti's defense lawyers. "Corruption won't be tolerated in the Bronx or anywhere."
A defense attorney's natural bombast notwithstanding, in this instance Perlmutter seems to have gotten it right -- at least when it comes to fixing tickets.
News reports say that up to 300 cops may be involved, including Patrolmen's Benevolent Association delegates and a trustee acting as middlemen. In addition, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association says fixing tickets is a wide-ranging and long-standing police courtesy and unstated job benefit.
Nobody -- not Mayor Bloomberg who has called the scandal a "black eye" for the police department; not Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who has said virtually nothing; maybe not even Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, whose grand jury reportedly has been hearing testimony about ticket-fixing for more than a year -- knows where this is going and what will come out.
Some have even suggested, perhaps over-dramatically, that Ticketgate approaches pre-Knapp Commission-era corruption and may warrant an independent commission.
Ticketgate's main stage is the Bronx, where more than in any other borough, juries don't trust cops.
And cops don't trust Bronx juries.
For years, PBA attorneys have opted to have their cases heard by Bronx judges instead of Bronx juries.
Most of these judges have been older white men, more sympathetic to cops than most Bronx citizens.
Just such a judge acquitted police officer Stephen Sullivan for fatally shooting Eleanor Bumpers during an eviction in 1984.
Such a judge acquitted off-duty officer Michael Meyer for fatally shooting an unarmed squeegee man who was soaping up his windshield in 1998.
Such a judge acquitted Francis X. Livoti, accused of using a department-banned choke hold that led to the death of asthmatic Anthony Baez in 1994.
Then there was the infamous shooting of unarmed Amadou Diallo, killed in a hail of 41 bullets, fired by four officers in 1999.
The PBA was so fearful that these four officers would be tried by a Bronx jury (or nearly as bad, by a younger black, female judge, who was supposedly selected at random) that the union pulled off a remarkable piece of legal legerdemain.
First, they arranged to move the trial to Albany. Then, the court's chief administrator, Jonathan Lippman -- now the state's chief judge -- handpicked a cop-friendly jurist to preside over the case. The officers were all acquitted.
In her salad days, the New York Times columnist Gail Collins coined the phrase, "The Bronx curse," meaning that when something bad happens, it's always worse in the Bronx.
Maybe that explains the phenomenon of Larry Davis. In 1986, the drug-dealing, 20-year-old Davis shot six cops, who police said had come to his sister's apartment to question him about the killing of four drug dealers.
When he pleaded self-defense, a Bronx jury acquitted him.
[Davis’ story was much interesting than that. He asserted, without any evidence that the cops he’d tried to murder were all crooks, and had all been his crime partners.]
District Attorney Johnson, too, is something of a uniquely Bronx product.
Elected in 1988, he is currently the state's only African-American district attorney. Like many of his constituents, he has had issues with the police.
Because he opposes the death penalty, some in law enforcement circles have viewed him as anti-cop.
After the fatal shooting of Bronx Street Crime cop Kevin Gillespie in 1996, Gov. George Pataki took the extraordinary step of removing the case from Johnson's jurisdiction and appointing a special prosecutor. (Although former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau also opposes the death penalty, Pataki never took a case from him.)
[The difference in Pataki’s conduct vis-à-vis the two DAs is that Jonson had announced that he would never seek the death penalty, something that was not his prerogative, whereas Morgenthau said no such thing. In each death penalty-eligible case, Morgenthau would claim that he was giving the question as to whether to seek the ultimate sanction great consideration, before ultimately deciding against it in that particular case. Of course, he was lying. Morgenthau’s beliefs, such as they were, were identical to those of Johnson, but the former was devious about it, whereas the latter was open. And that’s why Pataki was able to remove Johnson from the case.]
The issue became moot when Gillespie's [Hispanic] alleged killer hanged himself in prison.
Two years later, Police Commissioner Howard Safir told the New York Times that he had "no respect" for Johnson. "No. Not at all," he said to the writer, Jeffrey Goldberg. Safir later said that he was misquoted.
More recently, to the horror of many in the department, Johnson prosecuted veteran detective Christopher Perino for perjury after a secretly recorded audio-tape caught him in a lie.
A Bronx jury convicted him in 2009 and he was sentenced to four months in prison.
All but forgotten is that after Bronx juries acquitted Larry Davis both of shooting the six cops and of killing the four drug dealers, Johnson continued to pursue him.
In 1991, his office convicted Davis, who had changed his name to Adam Abdul Hakeem, of murdering another drug dealer, Ramon Vizcaino.
The guilty verdict, said Johnson, "means that a very dangerous individual is going to be made to pay for his wanton acts... Because of the nature of his crime and the background of Adam Abdul Hakeem, the people intend to seek the maximum sentence."
Davis got the max -- 25 years to life. He died in prison in 2008.
[Actually, Davis was murdered in prison.]
At least for a moment, the Bronx curse was lifted.
WEINER: NO PUN INTENDED. Besides pointing out that there is obviously something wrong with Congressman Anthony Weiner's marriage, to say nothing of his brain, this column supports the conventional political wisdom that Weiner's chances of becoming mayor of New York City are fast fading.
And with Weiner's mentor, Senator Chuck Schumer, failing to foist Ray Kelly off on Washington as FBI Director, the limelight-loving police commissioner seems a stronger bet to run for mayor.
SECRETS. Georgina Bloomberg's roman a clef may reveal an intimate portrait of her rich and famous daddy under the guise of fiction. But what about his real life secrets? Who accompanies Mayor Mike on his weekend jaunts to Bermuda and what exactly goes on down there?
This issue about charging, which I find to be a racially tinged offensive word in and of itself, but I would have asked him, what exactly does that mean? [Breitbart, November 25, 2014]
Martin Luther King never broke a window. He never set a fire. He changed a nation. Organize, people. Learn to protest.— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) November 25, 2014
Wow. Just wow. Shameful. What will it take???— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) November 25, 2014
Darren Wilson says Mike Brown told him "you are too much of a pussy to shoot me." pic.twitter.com/O1xJrw2nfl— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 25, 2014
AURORA, Colo. - A fundraising drive for Aurora Police Officer Ryan Burns, who was shot during a traffic stop last week, has raised $18,500 in three days.
Started by fellow Aurora officers, the GoFundMe.com campaign soon spread, drawing support from the public. The goal is to raise $30,000 for the officer, his wife and five children. So far, 338 people have contributed in amounts generally ranging from $20 to $100.
The website has a photo of Officer Burns in a hospital bed, giving a smile and a thumbs-up.
"Thank you for your service to our community!" one donor wrote on the website.
"Prayers for a speedy recovery!" another contributor posted.
Officer Burns and his partner were walking up to a car during a traffic stop on the night of Nov. 14. They didn't know the car had just been stolen.
The driver opened fire through a car window and a bullet hit Officer Burns in the upper leg, grazing an artery and shattering bone. His partner returned fire and the driver sped off, crashing the stolen vehicle several blocks away.
"His partner immediately applied a life-saving tourniquet and another officer transported Ryan to the hospital in a patrol vehicle. A suspect was taken into custody on November 19th, 2014 by the Aurora Police Department," fellow Aurora Police Officer Tim Jeffrey wrote on the GoFundMe.com page.
"Officer Ryan Burns is a well-respected 11-year veteran of the Aurora Police Department, a great all around guy and a great Police Officer. Ryan is married, and is the sole supporter to a wonderful wife and the father of 5 fantastic children," Jeffrey wrote.
His recovery is expected to take eight to 10 months.
"Please assist by donating what you can to Ryan's family to get them through the holidays and for Ryan's recovery to avoid any financial hardships," Jeffrey added.
Aurora Police: Suspect in officer shooting, 20, had criminal history
By Jesse Paul
11/19/2014 11:10:18 A.M. MST | Updated: 5 days ago
The Denver Post
AURORA — Police on Wednesday identified the 20-year-old suspect arrested in Friday night's shooting of an officer during a traffic stop and said more arrests in the case could be made.
Jahvell Daquan Forrest, 20, was arrested Tuesday based on information police gathered after they went door to door Sunday in the Aurora neighborhood where the shooting happened. Witnesses initially were reluctant to come forward in the case before the community broke its silence Sunday evening.
Police said Forrest has a long criminal history of misdemeanor offenses.
"Our suspect has no regard for anyone but himself," interim Police Chief Terry Jones said at a news conference. "The investigation is ongoing, and we may have more than one individual."
Police said they believe Forrest is the gunman. He is accused of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault of a police officer. Information about the suspect came in ahead of a $35,000 reward fund being formed, Jones said.
"Most of it was done with down-and-dirty police work," he said.
The department identified the wounded officer as Ryan Burns, an 11-year veteran of the force.
Burns was shot in the leg about 9 p.m. Friday after he and another officer pulled over a car on the 1700 block of Fulton Street. Burns was hit in his femoral artery, a potentially life-threatening wound.
Jones said Burns' partner quickly administered a tourniquet, given to Aurora officers after the 2012 theater massacre. The tourniquet probably saved Burns' life.
Police say Burns, who remains hospitalized, is in stable condition and is improving.
After last week’s unprecedented events surrounding Obama’s usurpation of federal power, it’s hard to determine which is more shocking: the impudence of the executive amnesty or the GOP’s feeble response.
To the extent that there is any passion or sense of urgency in the Republican response, it is directed at conservatives. They want to ensure that their base doesn’t “overreact” to Obama nullifying our immigration laws and permanently changing our borders, sovereignty, culture, and welfare state with the stroke of a pen.
What about their response to Obama?
They felt so passionate about it that they responded by leaving town until December 1, providing Obama with the last word on the crisis before Thanksgiving.
They felt so passionate about it that they responded by leaving town until December 1, providing Obama with the last word on the crisis before Thanksgiving. Instead of uniting behind using the power of the purse to put an end to this madness and “get right” with 80% of the American people, Republicans are now focusing on paying Obama’s ransom. From Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake to Mike Simpson and Thad Cochran, establishment Republicans are plotting a strategy to pass piecemeal amnesty in order to beg Obama to back off of executive amnesty. Meanwhile, they are encouraging conservatives to respond maturely and not “take the bait” by doing something that would actually confront this rogue president. Instead, they are admonishing us about the need to focus on corporate tax “reform.” It’s akin to telling someone who’s home is about to be set ablaze to continue working on other tasks and not get sidetracked dealing with the arsonist. Then again, we are beyond the point where metaphors can even capture the depths of absurdity and the scope of political malpractice on the part of Republicans. We are beyond 1984 where the opposition party turned out to be illusory.
Instead of uniting behind using the power of the purse to put an end to this madness and “get right” with 80% of the American people, Republicans are now focusing on paying Obama’s ransom. From Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake to Mike Simpson and Thad Cochran, establishment Republicans are plotting a strategy to pass piecemeal amnesty in order to beg Obama to back off of executive amnesty.
Meanwhile, they are encouraging conservatives to respond maturely and not “take the bait” by doing something that would actually confront this rogue president. Instead, they are admonishing us about the need to focus on corporate tax “reform.”
It’s akin to telling someone who’s home is about to be set ablaze to continue working on other tasks and not get sidetracked dealing with the arsonist. Then again, we are beyond the point where metaphors can even capture the depths of absurdity and the scope of political malpractice on the part of Republicans. We are beyond 1984 where the opposition party turned out to be illusory.
In a sane world, House Republicans would return from their endless vacations and reconvene a special session on the constitutional crisis.
In a sane world, House Republicans would return from their endless vacations and reconvene a special session on the constitutional crisis. They would censure this president and declare the entire executive order null and void. But most importantly, they would prohibit all funding for the numerous applications and processes that would be required to implement this coup, and attach it to the relevant funding mechanism for the government. If Obama is willing to shut down the government in order to fund something that is not only destructive and unpopular, but unlawful, that is his problem. Sadly, we don’t live in a sane world and if Republicans came back to town they would probably pass some shiny objects short of defund, and proceed with piecemeal amnesty bills. So what is the remedy? What is the recourse? Many conservatives said that we just needed to work harder to win elections. Well, we did. And immediately after a spectacular electoral victory, leadership in both parties have not only countermanded the mandate from the election, they have buried our constitutional form of government. Never has a losing party acted so defiant and lawless this quickly after an election. Yet, never has the winning party been this conciliatory and complicit in the malfeasance. Unless someone has a better idea, it is quite evident that the states are the only remedy for a lawless oligarchy in Washington.
Sadly, we don’t live in a sane world and if Republicans came back to town they would probably pass some shiny objects short of defund, and proceed with piecemeal amnesty bills.
So what is the remedy? What is the recourse?
Many conservatives said that we just needed to work harder to win elections. Well, we did. And immediately after a spectacular electoral victory, leadership in both parties have not only countermanded the mandate from the election, they have buried our constitutional form of government. Never has a losing party acted so defiant and lawless this quickly after an election. Yet, never has the winning party been this conciliatory and complicit in the malfeasance.
Unless someone has a better idea, it is quite evident that the states are the only remedy for a lawless oligarchy in Washington.
In the long-run, we need to use the numerous GOP-controlled state legislative chambers to push through enduring safeguards against the type of incorrigible and irrevocable tyranny we are witnessing in Washington.
In the long-run, we need to use the numerous GOP-controlled state legislative chambers to push through enduring safeguards against the type of incorrigible and irrevocable tyranny we are witnessing in Washington. It would require using the Constitution itself to amendment the Constitution via Article 5 conventions along the lines of what Mark Levin has proposed. And no, this is not a “constitutional convention,” whereby the constitution is up for grabs. It is a convention only for the purpose of introducing constitutional amendments, which would then have to be ratified by ¾ of the states. This is no different from the power Congress already has. States have the power too and need to use it.
Besides, what we’ve had over the past six years in Washington, and to some extent, over the past century, is a de facto constitutional convention – except that is has been illegal.
In the short-run, we must work with conservatives in each state legislative body to push back against the lawlessness, especially as it relates to recognizing Obama’s amnesty on a state level.
These are the only ideas we are left to pursue. Or we can just try to win another election.
Daniel Horowitz is Senior Editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on twitter @RMConservative.
[eighth paragraph] “The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency: mostly young, white women without family nearby; drugs offered as palliatives; resistance and pursuit; accusers worrying that no one would believe them; lifelong trauma. There is also a pattern of intense response by Cosby’s team of attorneys and publicists, who have used the media and the courts to attack the credibility of his accusers.”
Did he just commit a "gaffe"?
Dear Rudy Giuliani, when talking about police shootings of blacks, changing the topic to Bad Stuff Black Folks Do Too is beyond offensive.— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 23, 2014
Laylah, who was sitting on her grandfather's lap when a bullet pierced the wall of her home and struck her in the head, joins Sierra Guyton, 10, fatally shot on a playground in May, and at least nine other Milwaukee children killed by errant gunfire since 1995.
On Friday, city residents were once again left with this question: "What can we do?"
While the answer is multifaceted, one thing is clear, according to Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
"We've got to do better."
Horwitz and other national [gun-grabber activist/propagandists] experts, in town for a previously scheduled symposium on preventing gun violence, have some concrete ideas on where to start.
Universal background checks for gun purchases are a fundamental first step, they said. But background checks as they currently exist often target the wrong people. Violent misdemeanor convictions, for example, are a good predictor of future gun violence but don't stand in the way of legal gun purchases in Wisconsin.
People who lawfully bought guns after being convicted of two violent misdemeanors were 10 to 15 times more likely to later be arrested for murder, rape or aggravated assault than gun buyers without that kind of criminal record, according to a study conducted by Garen J. Wintemute, a physician and the Baker-Teret chair in violence prevention at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine.
"There are guns, and there are dangerous people, and when you put them together, you increase the risk," said Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.
The experts would like to see people convicted of a single violent misdemeanor barred from buying a gun for 10 years.
People with two or more drunken driving convictions or misdemeanor drug convictions within five years should be barred from purchasing or possessing guns for five years, since alcohol and drug abuse are known risk factors for violence, according to the experts, all part of a coalition known as the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy.
In Wisconsin, as long as the misdemeanors aren't related to domestic violence, numerous convictions can't stop someone from legally purchasing a gun and obtaining a concealed carry permit. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has long campaigned for that to change.
Flynn also wants to see the crime of illegally carrying a concealed weapon upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony with a minimum three-year jail term.
That wouldn't be necessary if people with violent misdemeanor records are barred from possessing a gun in the first place, as is the case in California, Wintemute said. If those people are later caught with a firearm, they face felony charges.
People in crisis — mental health or otherwise — also need to be temporarily denied access to guns they already own, the researchers said.
To that end, the consortium recommends legislation to establish gun violence restraining orders. This would allow family members who believe their loved ones are at risk of harming themselves or others to petition a court and ask that their guns be seized until the crisis passes.
Research has shown that tightening rules for legal gun purchases also has reduced the prevalence of illegal guns, Wintemute said.
Tough sentences for career criminals in possession of guns and for people who legally buy guns and give or sell them to criminals can help prevent gun violence, according to James Santelle, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. But law enforcement is just one part of the solution.
"We need to fire on all of these cylinders — and hope there is a piece of it that does prevent the 5-year-old from getting killed — instead of the default of doing nothing," he said.
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Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn announces he has fired Christopher Manney, the officer who shot Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in April.
Family of Dontre Hamilton reacts to firing of officer
The family of Dontre Hamilton reacts to the firing of Christopher Manney, the officer who shot and killed Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in April 2014.
Milwaukee police shoot, kill man at Red Arrow Park
A man is shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Red Arrow Park.
Family of man shot at Red Arrow Park says he was trying...
The brothers of a man shot and killed by police in downtown Milwaukee are distraught and demanding answers.
Flynn said he terminated Christopher Manney, 38, on Wednesday following an internal investigation.
WISN 12 News learned Thursday that Manney requested duty disability two days prior to his firing. Click Here to read more about what that could mean.
Flynn said officers were sent to Red Arrow Park twice on the afternoon of April 30 to check on Hamilton's welfare but had no physical contact with him.
Then, at 3:28 p.m., Manney, the beat officer for the area, responded to an earlier voice mail not knowing officers had already responded to Red Arrow Park.
When Manney arrived, he found Hamilton lying on the sidewalk near the Starbucks, Flynn said.
Flynn said Manney approached Hamilton, identified himself and asked Hamilton to stand up. When Hamilton stood up, Manney approached Hamilton from behind, reached under Hamilton’s arms, placed his hands on his chest to conduct a pat-down search and asked if Hamilton had any weapons.
As Manney began the search, Hamilton began fighting with Manney.
Flynn said Manney tried to use his baton to subdue Hamilton, but Hamilton was able to take the baton from Manney. Hamilton swung the baton at Manney multiple times and struck Manney on the side of the neck with the baton.
Fearing that Hamilton would seriously injure or kill him, Manney used his service weapon and shot Hamilton.
Flynn said Manney accurately determined Hamilton was an "emotionally disturbed person [‘He’s a murderous psycho!’], but treated him as a dangerous criminal [which he was!] instead of following his training and treating Mr. Hamilton as an EDP."
"It was an incorrect, wrong decision that placed him ultimately in legitimate deadly jeopardy," Flynn said.
Manney had been on paid leave since the shooting.
While Hamilton's family called the firing a victory, they said their fight for justice is not over.
"There's no grief like a mother's grief. [Gimme a break!] Now that the name of the officer is out there, it's something you asked for for months. Does that give you any sense of relief?" WISN 12 News reporter Terry Sater asked.
"No, I'm not going to grieve until he's in jail," Dontre Hamilton's mother, Maria Hamilton, said. "I'm still angry because I feel like they're not being honest. Yes, it's a plus that he was fired, but he took a man's life, and like any other citizen would go to jail."
That's where Flynn said he disagrees.
"My inner cop is not dead. Every member of this police department has had to make critical decisions under pressure with insufficient information that could have gone wrong. Here's the point I want to make -- there's got to be a way of holding ourselves accountable absent of putting cops in jail for making mistakes," Flynn said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he agrees with Flynn's decision and that this based the police department's protocol.
The American Civil Liberties Union released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying, the chief's explanation of the firing was an important first step, but changes need to be made.
"To the extent that police department policies and practices contributed to an officer-involved fatal shooting, the MPD should change its policies and practices and not use the punishment of one or more officers to allow the MPD to escape its responsibilities," ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ahmuty said.
Mike Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association, said, "The use of deadly force by an officer is a difficult decision that must be made accurately and instantaneously. The MPA is confident in the officer's training and trust the action taken was of necessity."
"The decision to terminate this officer is cowardice and certainly unfounded and unsupported by fact," Crivello said.
Dontre Hamilton's family has been waiting more than five months to find out whether the officer will face disciplinary action or criminal charges.
The Milwaukee County district attorney has not yet made a decision whether to criminally charge the officer.
The FBI has been brought in to help with the investigation.
The family said the marches will continue because they're still fighting for changes to Milwaukee police policies and procedures.
There's another march planned for Thursday from Red Arrow Park.
Manney worked in the Milwaukee police operations division and had been on the force for 13 years.
He routinely patrolled downtown and made headlines in 2012 when he got into a public scuffle with a clown. (Watch story)
The clown was squirting water on cars and would not stop when officers [ordered] asked him to.
While everyone in the political world is focused on the elections and our involvement in the Syrian civil war, Obama has implemented yet another administrative amnesty for illegal aliens. This time he is using our military – the pride of the nation – as a visa mill to legalize his future voters. Congress has a responsibility to clamp down on this illegal and dangerous unilateral action.
Republicans in Congress will have two opportunities to address Obama’s administrative amnesty via military service. When Congress returns for the ‘lame duck’ session in November, they could potentially pass the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which oversees all of our military-related policies. They will also vote on the annual budget bill, which is set to expire on December 11. Republicans should not allow those bills to pass through the House unless there is a provision explicitly prohibiting the Pentagon from recruiting illegal aliens to serve in the military.
It is also likely that Republicans will have an opportunity to fight back against the lawlessness during the confirmation hearings of the next nominee for Attorney General. Nobody has been more complicit in rubber-stamping Obama’s lawlessness than Eric Holder. Now that he is stepping down, Senate Republicans must go on record refusing to confirm any nominee who does not publicly swear off administrative amnesty. Many Republicans believe that the president should be granted wide latitude in choosing cabinet officials, as long as the nominees are qualified. But anyone who refuses to uphold the law is inherently unqualified to serve as Attorney General.
Last Thursday, the Department of Defense announced a new policy allowing military recruiters to target illegal immigrants under the auspices of the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. According to the Military Times, MAVNI, which is designed to recruit foreign nationals with special language skills, would be expanded to include those here illegally but granted amnesty under Obama’s DACA program. Obama is literally creating his own laws by using his initial lawless action as the baseline.
Aside from the obvious problems stemming from lawlessness and encouraging illegal immigration, this particular act is even more pernicious given the inherent threat to our national security. The screening process for the DACA program is essentially a farce because 99.5% of applications have been approved.
Last year, Judicial Watch obtained a wealth of information through a FOIA request detailing how DHS ostensibly gutted all background checks for DACA applicants, including the requirement of a valid photo ID. Just this past year, scores of illegals have been apprehended from countries that represent a security risk. Now, any illegal alien with a shady background can be admitted into our military.
What is most appalling about inviting illegal aliens into our military is that it comes at a time when so many American servicemen are being forced into retirement. Thousands of soldiers from each branch of service, many of whom served valiantly in Afghanistan and Iraq, are losing their jobs due to Obama’s unprecedented downsizing of our military. Yet, these veterans will now have to make room for undocumented Democrats.
Sadly, this is not the only recent example of Obama’s moral and intellectual dyslexia as it relates to immigration, national security, and the misuse of our military. Several weeks ago, Obama announced that he was sending 3,000 soldiers to “fight” the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
In addition to exposing our soldiers to a deadly disease while treating them like health professionals and social workers, this policy is completely backwards as it relates to our national security. The focus of any effort to protect America from deadly diseases, much like defending against Islamic terrorism, should be securing our homeland and points of entry, not needlessly risking the lives of our soldiers overseas. Yet, amazingly, Obama has signed another amnesty order, staying all deportation orders for Liberians living here without visas.
In addition to those here illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that roughly 200,000 people from countries stricken with Ebola are here legally on visas. Once again, our national security is being sacrificed on the pagan altar of political correctness and our military is being used as a guinea pig in this effort to fundamentally transform America.
Fortunately, our Founders already established checks and balances to protect against an imperial president. There are many candidates running this cycle as constitutional conservatives, but how many of them are committing to using the power of the purse to rein in these lawless actions?
Instead of standing for nothing and hoping for a miracle in November, Republicans must provide a bold contrast by putting our military, borders, and national security first.
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