*OK, so here’s the scenario...A Georgia man is chased by two police officers. After a while he is caught, and falls to the ground weary from the chase. He tells the officers that he is “too tired” to walk. It appears that it is at this point the two officers attempt to “encourage him” to comply to their get up and walk orders by using taser guns, not once, not ten, but thirteen times.
The man dies while in police custody.
Now, in what appears to be an increasing and ongoing lack of accountability by police officers, a statement by the Police Benevolent Association lawyer says the actions of the officers did not cause the man’s death.
*Though the protests in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson have died down, racial tensions have not cooled in the area.
In fact, they may be higher than ever. To add insult to injury, the police officers that continually patrol the area where makeshift memorials are erected for the teen, are showing blatant disregard and even disrespect for the site.
According to the Huffington Post, an increasing number of flowers, teddy bears and signs continue to be near the site where Brown was killed; left there by people coming to offer their tributes.
*Nope. I’m not being facetious in the headline. This was a big deal!
If you were one of the astute observers who switched your channel to MSNBC on July 11 in the 6 p.m. hour, you may have noticed something pretty out of the ordinary. Oh, it may not have been immediately apparent – but chances are, after the first station-break you had one of those “Hey, wait a minute…” revelations. What the heck am I talking about?
Bear with me a moment longer.
You may have, at first glance, seen the usual host and panel speaking on topics such as the tragic, much-covered death of an infant left in a car; or even the latest victim of police brutality. But then, just as you were about to settle in with that quart of ice cream you realized… Continue reading →
*One thing about a surveillance video, it’s hard to argue with it. Evidence documented on-camera has a way of abruptly halting the whole “he said, she said” yakedy-yak. And lately, it has served to identify many a cop who may have been – how should we say – less than truthful about why they fired a weapon that killed someone. A new video reviewed by the attorney of John Crawford III, the young African American man who was shot and killed in a Beaver Creek Wal-mart store by white officers - and the Crawford family, shows that the two cops involved clearly have some explaining to do. As it turns out, Crawford was unarmed. The BB gun he was accused of holding was not in his hands. In fact, he was on the phone; not even facing the officers who shot him.
*Well this is quite unexpected. I mean, yes, we have all been a little pissed off when we are eating or using our laptop as we sit in the cramped airplane seat (unless we are flying first class of course), and the person in front of us decides to recline. Though we may suck our teeth and go “Ugh!” in frustration, chances are we are not going to get up and duke it out with the person actually doing the reclining.
Tell that to the two United Airlines fliers who were not so grown up about the situation.
Apparently, for $21.95, there is a gadget you can get that makes it difficult or impossible for the person in the seat in front of you to recline. When this contraption was used on one woman – by the man behind her, suffice it to say that things got ugly. Continue reading →
*Bullets and Burgers, an Arizona shooting range that rests on the Nevada border, may have to rethink their policy following the horrific accidental killing of one of their instructors by a 9-year-old student that he was training.
The range allows customers as young as 8-years-old to handle a variety of weapons — from fully automatic machine guns to .50-caliber sniper rifles and according to authorities, the child was vacationing with her family when the accident happened. Continue reading →
*Just when you thought you had heard it all where irresponsible police activity and behavior is concerned – especially as it is played out in the presence of African Americans, comes this “If this don’t beat all” moment. Kametra Barbour and her kids were recently subjected to a horrifying police stop.
According to ABC 7 Chicago, Barbour said that she was pulled over at gunpoint by a police officer in Forney, Texas, .
With her four children—all under the age of 10—in tow, the mother was told to exit the vehicle with her hands up; before being handcuffed in front of her young children. Continue reading →
*This has got to be one of the most horrible news stories ever. Chinese chef Peng Fan was preparing a meal made from cobra, a rare delicacy. But 20 minutes after cutting the snakes head off, as he went to put it in the trash, the snake had its final revenge: He bit the man and injected him with its flesh-killing, neurotoxic venom.
The snake was an Indochinese spitting cobra, and it is indigenous to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. Continue reading →