Posts tagged crime
Posts tagged crime
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.