Posts tagged crime
Posts tagged crime
1. Lock people up in privately-run jails for unreasonable sentences with no rehabilitation — preferably those from minority groups and/or the poor.
2. Release them into a society that won’t hire people with even a non-violent conviction, boosting recidivism.
From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.
According to Caitlin MacNeal at TPM, Zimmerman was charged by Florida police today with “aggravated assault with a weapon, battery and criminal mischief after his girlfriend claimed he pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her inside their residence.” Zimmerman was arrested after pushing his girlfriend outside their home and barricading himself inside.
Prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a suburban Detroit homeowner in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on his porch.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on Nov. 2. She was shot in the face after police say they believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached Wafer’s home for help.
She said evidence showed McBride knocked on the locked screen door, and that there was no evidence of forced entry.
"These are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense," Worthy said.
Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.
Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”
Indeed. What the hell, Florida?
One of the Oklahoma teens accused of killing Australian baseball player Christopher Lane had posted images of himself with guns and wads of cash.
Now, some Americans are asking why this killing, in which the victim was white and the alleged killers black, has not brought reaction from the president.
Maybe because, as opposed to other cases, charges were brought immediately against the perpetrators. As in they did not walk free after what they did. Why would the president, or anyone else have to comment on it?
Not to mention it was three men, one white, and two black. Not that it matters.
Chris Lane is being canonized for just walking down the street, minding his own business, while Trayvon Martin was demonized for walking down the street, minding his own business.
No one would have called 911 to report Chris Lane as suspicious, even if there were break-ins in the neighborhood.
No one is going to dig through his Twitter account and other social media to demonize him as a thug who was probably asking for it.
No one is going to claim his manner of dress was threatening in the dark.
No one is going to claim “Well, you know, the white community, specifically young men… there’s just a lot criminality there” and then cite misinterpreted numbers.
No one is going to claim that if Chris Lane used marijuana, he was a potential criminal on drugs; therefore, he deserved what he got.
No one is going to dig through Lane’s school records, and, if they find he was ever suspended or disciplined otherwise, that he obviously was a menace.
Both Martin and Lane had the right to walk down the street without being stalked and killed. But it took a national outcry to even begin an investigation against George Zimmerman. The alleged murderers of Chris Lane were jailed within days on bail high enough that they will not walk free before trial. Zimmerman bailed out almost immediately.
These situations are wildly different, and, while Lane’s murder is a tragedy and absolutely horrifying, it’s much more likely that his family will receive the kind of justice denied to Trayvon Martin’s family.
Police in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, say a 12-year-old boy armed with a BB gun robbed a local lemonade stand being run by a group of younger boys.
According to Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin, the preteen approached the stand and pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy, threatening to shoot if the other boys didn’t hand over the money they had earned selling lemonade.
A scuffle ensued, but the suspect still managed to make away with a money box containing some $30.
If only there had been a good guy with a gun, amirite? In all seriousness, the kid with the BB gun could have been in danger had an adult with a gun been nearby or the police a little more trigger happy…
CBS 11 News has learned that George Zimmerman, the man recently found not guilty for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, was armed when an officer pulled him over for speeding in North Texas.
At one point, the officer asks Zimmerman to stop playing with his gun. Wonder how he’d react to an armed Black man playing with his gun?
Heads up — He’s your problem for now, Texas.
The person of interest shown on a surveillance video setting down a bag near the site of the second explosion at the Boston Marathon is described as a young white male wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-white baseball cap backwards. He is 6 feet or 6-feet-2-inches tall with a medium build.
The man appeared to be alone and was talking on a cell phone at the time he set down a bag. When the first explosive device went off, he took off. Moments later, a second explosion happened right where he had been standing.
If you have any information at all, call Boston authorities at 1-800-494-TIPS
Well, well, well… Looks like threats of blackmail aren’t just the modus operandi of the Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party:
The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship.
According to the Oklahoman, 54-year-old Sooner Tea Party founder Al Gerhart faces up to five years in prison for blackmail and violating the state computer crimes act.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation determined that Gerhart admitted sending an email to state Sen. Cliff Branan (R) “that was intended to threaten and intimidate him.” Gerhart had been angry because Branan refused to allow a vote on a bill that would have ensured Oklahoma cities do not participate in Agenda 21, a United Nations initiative to promote environmentally sustainable development…
“Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it,” Gerhart wrote in the email. “I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don’t hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru [sic] family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”
At a press conference last week, the tea party leader admitted that he sent the email. “Political pain and embarrassment will be necessary if the citizens expect to regain control of this Senate down here from the state chamber of commerce and special interests,” he insisted. “The time for ‘nice’ behavior is over with.”
As my dear husband remarked after I informed him of this story, “Same shit, different zip code.”
Anonymous, in a statement responding to the suicide of seventeen-year-old Retaeh Parsons of Nova Scotia, Canada. She was allegedly gang-raped by four boys, one of whom is known to have photographed the attack. The facts of the case bear a chilling resemblance to Steubenville, Ohio police’s own blind eye to the rape and assault of another young girl.
If law enforcement chooses not to act, Anonymous will.
This feature from CNN is one of the first I’ve seen quote Christopher Dorner’s manifesto for more than a few words, and at least touch on institutionalized racism and systemic crises within the LAPD.
I know someone who is buying her son, a felon, any gun he wants, including assault rifles. Background check wouldn’t prevent that. It pisses me off, but what can we do about that?
You call the police or the ATF right goddamn now and tell them she is making straw purchases on behalf of a felon. What she is doing is against federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 922. If a felon possesses a firearm, that can mean up to fifteen years in a federal prison with no parole. Something may come of what you do, or they might shrug it off. But departments of probation and parole — and most federal and state laws — require that a felon live in a home without firearms because of the concept of constructive possession.
In order to demonstrate constructive possession, the Ninth Circuit (and other federal jurisdictions) state that the government must prove a connection between the felon/defendant and the firearm or ammunition sufficient “to support the inference that the defendant exercised dominion and control over” the prohibited items (United States v. Carrasco). Also, joint control of the premises (i.e. residence) where the firearm or ammunition are located may establish possession when a felon “has knowledge of the weapon and both the power and the intention to exercise dominion and control over it.”
So there is something we can do about that. They’re both breaking the law, and I suggest you blow the whistle if you can do so safely. Good luck.
From the story:
Federal agents are trying to determine how a suspected Ohio white supremacist with a felony conviction for manslaughter acquired a cache of 18 assault weapons and other firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, according to federal law enforcement officials and court documents reviewed by NBC News.
The storehouse of weapons was discovered late last month when FBI agents arrested Richard Schmidt, 47, the owner of a Bowling Green sporting goods store called Spindletop Sports Zone, on charges of marketing counterfeit goods — such as football jerseys with NFL logos — from China.
According to the documents, FBI agents who searched Schmidt’s sporting goods store and four trailers behind it, found a stash of weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, Ruger and Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistols, bulletproof body armor and high-capacity magazines as well as ammunition.
A federal law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that FBI counterterrorism agents involved in the case had picked up evidence that Schmidt may have been planning attacks against Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area… The law enforcement officials said the case appears to illustrate some of the gaps in current background checks for gun purchasers that President Barack Obama has proposed closing as part of his package of executive actions and legislative proposals released this week aimed at curbing gun violence. Schmidt was charged with murder and felonious assault in 1989 after killing a Hispanic man and shooting two others with a semi-automatic pistol during a traffic dispute. He later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.
So, how about those background checks? And yeah, a background check wouldn’t necessarily keep him from ultimately amassing his arsenal, but why should we be making it easier for people like Mr. Schmidt to obtain these weapons?
I literally cannot imagine a legitimate situation where someone needs a gun RIGHT NOW and is unable to wait for a background check or be patient enough for a waiting period to pass.
And hey, maybe we should give the ATF a permanent director, instead of this several years long interim bullshit. Just a thought.
Well, yesterday’s gun buyback in L.A. was the most successful ever – they even got another rocket launcher off the streets. And 166 firearms were turned in for nothing in exchange.
But remember, if NRA leaders had their way, more guns would be the answer. I’m afraid to ask them about rocket launchers.