Friday, February 22, 2019

HOW THE PLOT THICKENED

Smollett may he a TV star, but he wasn’t the brightest star on the horizon when he paid Abel Osundairo $3,500 with his personal check

Daily Mail
February 21, 2019

Police say Smollett knew Abel Osundairo, the older brother, because he bought 'designer drugs' from him. In text messages that predate the hoax attack, he asked Abel for 'Molly' - the street name for ecstasy - multiple times.

Following the court hearing during which Smollett’s bail was set at $100,000, prosecutors gave this detailed description of how he put the hoax together.

On January 25, he texted Abel asking him when he was planning to go to Nigeria, a trip that had been prearranged.

They were familiar with one another because Abel had once filled in as a character on Empire who was a love interest of Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon.

Abel replied that he and his brother were leaving on January 29 to which Smollett replied: 'Might need your help on the low.

'You around to meet up and talk face to face?'

That afternoon, they met up at the CineSpace studio and Smollett drove Abel home.

During the car ride, he told him about his 'displeasure' over 20th Century Fox's reaction to the letter he allegedly sent himself days earlier.

He said he wanted to stage an attack and suggested that Ola, Abel's younger brother, get involved.

Once they got to the brothers' home, they summoned Ola outside and Smollett asked the pair if he could trust them.

Smollett then allegedly laid out what he wanted them to do and gave them a $100 bill to buy ski masks, a red hat, gloves, rope and bleach to use.

'He stated that he wanted the brothers to catch his attention by calling him an Empire faggot Empire nigger. He detailed that he wanted Abel to attack him but not to hurt him too badly and give him a chance to fight back.

'He also included that he wanted Ola to place a rope around his neck, pour gasoline on him and yell: "This is MAGA country" and "Make America Great Again,"' a proffer that was released by the State's Attorney's office said.

Police have found surveillance footage of the ride and have phone records which put Smollett in the area of the brothers home at the time.

On January 27, he picked the brothers up from their home and drove them to where he wanted the attack to happen in the late morning.

He warned them not to bring their cell phones with them and showed them a surveillance camera on the corner which he believed would capture the incident.

Smollett drove the brothers home and provided them with a $3500 personal check made payable to Abel, which was backdated to January 23, 2019.

He then flew to New York City to take part in a reading of a play.

The attack was scheduled to take place at 10pm on January 28 but was set back several hours by Smollett's delayed flight from New York to Chicago on the day of the incident.

His flight landed at 12.30am, January 29.

At 12.49am, he called Abel and their conversation lasted three minutes. During this call, he instructed him to carry out the attack at 2am.

Abel then ordered an Uber to pick the pair up at their home and take them to the crime scene.

They took the Uber part of the way but then got out and hopped in a taxi to take them the remainder of the distance.

At 1.22am, they arrived within three blocks of it. At 1.45am, Smollett left his apartment building to go to a Subway and the brothers made their way towards the intended spot.

Smollett, however, was late. They did not cross paths until 2.04am which is when they carried out the attack. At the exact moment it was occurring, an NBC News employee was getting out of her car nearby. She told police later that she did not hear anything suspicious, despite Smollett alleging that the attackers yelled racial slurs.

The attack only lasted 45 seconds and was 'just outside the view of the desired nearby camera that Smollett had pointed out to the brothers approximately 15 hours earlier.'

The brothers then ran away on foot, heading southbound towards the Chicago River. They then got in a taxi at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Fifteen minutes later, they got out of the cab a few blocks from their house.

Two minutes later, at 2.27am, Smollett's manager reported it to police and police arrived at Smollett's apartment at 2.42am, 12 minutes later.

While being interviewed, he not only described the attack but claimed to have received a phone call on January 26 from someone who said 'hey you little faggot' and hung up. He said the call happened near a camera and that it captured the attack. It was the same camera he pointed out to the brothers in the hope that it would capture their staged ambush.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As for that cut under Smollett’s eye, that was not inflicted by Abel or Ola. It turns out that it was self-inflicted. Smollett simply scratched himself under his right eye.

NEW AWARD CATEGORY

by Bob Walsh

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a new award category. It is for the BEST ATTEMPT TO MAKE WHITE CONSERVATIVES IN GENERAL AND DONALD TRUMP SPECIFICALLY LOOK LIKE SHIT REGARDLESS OF TRUTH. There is only one nominee, Jussie Smollett.

I actually just made this up. That doesn't mean it isn't true.

ITS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS

by Bob Walsh

The legislature of the formerly great state of California is about to make California safe from the danger of sugar.

They want to heavily tax sugar sweetened drinks, prohibit the sale of larger-than 16 ounce sugared drink in food service and restaurant settings and (depending on whose noise you believe) prohibit promotional pricing of sugar sweetened drinks in retail settings.

Similar stupidity was attempted in New York state a few years back. The courts said the state did not have the authority to take the action.

The current notion, not yet on paper, is to tax sugared drinks 2 cents per fluid ounce in addition to whatever other taxes and costs might be there already.

David Chiu, one of the legislators (from SF) pimping this, has said that the idea is to force consumers to "think twice" about their choices.

In CA it is specifically illegal for local jurisdictions to impose soda taxes. That doesn't mean the state can't.

And these are the dumb fucks that we keep re-electing to run our state.

HOUSTON’S SHEILA JACKSON LEE MADE THE LIST ….. A HIT LIST THAT IS

Coast Guard officer accused of wanting to kill Democrats and journalists was inspired by Norwegian mass shooting, feds say

By Mary Kay Mallonee and Caroline Kelly,

CNN
February 21, 2019

A Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last Friday on gun and drug charges allegedly wanted to conduct a mass killing.

Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, is alleged to be a white supremacist who had a hit list that included prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists from CNN and MSNBC. Hasson's case was first circulated by counterterrorism expert Seamus Hughes and the George Washington Program on Extremism.

Hasson's hit list includes Democratic politicians -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas -- as well as CNN journalists Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough.

Court documents say Hasson espoused extremist and white supremacist views and allege that he relied on the manifesto of Anders Breivik, a Norwegian who was convicted in 2011 of two terror attacks that killed 77 people.

The government says Hasson also stockpiled steroids and human growth hormone "to increase his ability to conduct attacks," consistent with the directions in Breivik's manifesto.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct," prosecutors wrote.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane, spokesman for US Coast Guard Headquarters, said in a statement that the arrest was part of an investigation led by the Coast Guard.

"An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice. Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time," Lane said.

Musing in a draft email acquired by prosecutors, Hasson allegedly wrote, "I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth."

In another draft email, apparently written to a known American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson allegedly wrote, "We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost."

When law enforcement agents searched his house they found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the documents.

Hasson, who is assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, is a former Marine. He will appear Thursday in US District Court for the District of Maryland for a hearing.

In a statement, Blumenthal spokeswoman Maria McElwain said he was thankful for the FBI's intervention.

"Senator Blumenthal is grateful to the FBI and federal prosecutors for their work on this case and their ongoing efforts to combat violent and hateful extremism," McElwain said.

MAYOR SLYVESTOR TURNER INSISTS THE FBI INVESTIGATION IS NOT AN INVESTIGATION

Phony Houston Drug Warrant Prompts FBI Investigation and Review of 1,400 Cases

By Jacob Sullum

reason
February 21, 2019

The fraudulent search warrant that authorized last month's deadly Houston drug raid has prompted an FBI investigation and a review of more than 1,400 cases involving the narcotics officer who obtained the warrant.

"The FBI Houston Field Office has opened an independent civil rights investigation into allegations that a search warrant obtained by Houston police officers was based on false, fabricated information," the FBI announced in a press release yesterday. "The execution of that search warrant at 7815 Harding Street, Houston, TX, on January 28, 2019, resulted in the deaths of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle as well as serious injuries to several Houston police officers."

Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the neck during the no-knock raid, obtained the warrant by claiming that he had sent a confidential informant into the house on January 27 to buy heroin from a man matching Tuttle's description. The C.I. supposedly returned with "a quantity of brown powder substance," subsequently identified as black-tar heroin, and reported that there many more bags of it in the house, along with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Police found neither of those things, or any other evidence of drug dealing, when they searched the house the next day after they killed Nicholas and Tuttle during a shootout they started by breaking into the house and killing the couple's dog with a shotgun.

After two informants named by Goines and every other C.I. known to work with him denied participating in the "controlled buy" he described, investigators concluded that Goines had invented the episode. Goines "lied in an affidavit," Police Chief Art Acevedo said last Friday, and "more than likely...will be charged with a serious crime." Under Texas law, lying in a search warrant affidavit is aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Under federal law, willfully depriving someone of his constitutional rights "under color of any law" is punishable by a prison term up to life or by execution "if death results."

The Harris County District Attorney's Office, meanwhile, is examining "more than 1,400 criminal cases" in which Goines has been involved since joining the Houston Police Department in 1984. "Our duty is to see that justice is done in every case," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a press release yesterday. "Although the criminal investigation of Officer Goines is ongoing, we have an immediate ethical obligation to notify defendants and their lawyers in Goines' other cases to give them an opportunity to independently review any potential defenses." The defendants in 27 pending cases were notified yesterday, while "notification in older cases will be ongoing."

Judges routinely rubber-stamp search warrant applications like the one that Goines submitted in this case, where a single officer acting on an anonymous tip claims to have arranged a drug purchase by an unnamed C.I. Since there is no way for the judge to verify the applicant's claims, he simply has to trust that the cop is not making shit up. Once it is clear that a cop is willing to make shit up, that trust evaporates, calling into question the validity of every search warrant he has ever obtained. As the Houston Chronicle reported last week, Goines had already been accused of perjury and mishandling evidence in an ongoing drug case where he was also suspected of inventing a C.I. It seems likely that many defendants will have grounds to challenge convictions based on Goines' testimony or on evidence discovered in searches authorized by warrants that he obtained.

"We welcome closer scrutiny into his work," Nicole DeBorde, a lawyer for Goines, told The New York Times. "He's been a police officer for 35 years, and what I'm hearing is that he's a man of integrity and his colleagues think highly of him." If so, one has to wonder what integrity means within the Houston Police Department's Narcotics Division.

Addendum: By noting that judges cannot independently verify controlled buys described by narcotics officers, I did not mean to imply that there were no grounds for Houston Municipal Court Judge Gordon Marcum, who approved the warrant in this case, to be skeptical of Goines' affidavit. Tuttle and Nicholas had lived at 7815 Harding Street for more than three decades; they were well-known in the neighborhood and publicly listed as residents. Yet in his affidavit, Goines refers to Tuttle as "a white male, whose name is unknown." That should have been a red flag indicating that Goines' investigation, which supposedly "had been going on for approximately two (2) weeks," was less than thorough. Goines also said he "advised" the C.I. that "narcotics were being sold and stored" at the house, but he cited no evidence of that, notwithstanding his two-week investigation. Goines claimed another narcotics officer, Steven Bryant, recognized the brown powder as heroin, a detail that Bryant has since contradicted. One wonders what Bryant would have said if Marcum had asked him to verify Goines' account.

THIS PRAISEWORTHY BILL, IF IT PASSES AND GETS SIGNED BY GOV. NEWSOM, WILL COLLIDE HEADON AGAINST THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Bill Would Make Clergy Report Abuse Revealed In Confessions

LAPPL News Watch
February 21, 2019

A California lawmaker said Wednesday the state should require clergy members to report suspected child abuse or neglect even if they learn of it during confession.

Clergy members are among a list of more than 40 “mandated reporters,” meaning they are required under state law to report suspected abuse. But that doesn’t apply if they learn about something during a private communication such as confession, a sacrosanct practice in the Catholic church.

A bill by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill would eliminate that exemption. “The law should apply equally to all professionals who have been designated as mandated reporters of these crimes - with no exceptions, period,” he said in a statement. “The exemption for clergy only protects the abuser and places children at further risk.”

THE FBI IS TRYING TO SET UP A NATIONWIDE DNA DATA BANK. SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED?

By Trey Rusk

Running Code 3
February 20, 2019

DNA kits purchased by millions of Americans have been turning over their DNA samples and the identities of users to the FBI. Some people are surprised. They shouldn't be.

If the FBI is looking for a violent offender through DNA data bases, they can probably locate them even if the criminal hasn't submitted their own DNA. The FBI can be led to the culprit through a relative's DNA sample.

Example: Joe Blow the Psycho Killer has left his DNA profile at several crime scenes. The FBI looks into the data base and finds a near match. The near match is a relative who submitted a DNA sample to a private company to check their ancestry. The relative is contacted and through samples of other relatives and interviews the FBI is led by reliable DNA evidence to Joe Blow the Psycho Killer.

In 2017 a new law signed by President Trump requires law enforcement to forward DNA samples of arrestees to the FBI just like they have been doing with fingerprints. Only this process is easier.

I don't know why people are shocked to know their DNA was given to law enforcement. Aren't they aware that if they have a cell phone all of their movements are tracked and text messages stored. If interested, their conversations can be monitored with a FISA warrant.

The bottom line is that Americans have no privacy. Web searches, Facebook, Instagram and a host of other services that you agree to are all monitoring everything you do. You really don't even have to agree to anything. Banks, Hospitals and large corporations routinely announce breaches of their networks.

Most people don't have to worry about their DNA information because they aren't criminals. However, If you ever wondered if the FBI kept a file on you. The answer is probably.

So there are no more secrets. I've never known of a secret that could be kept anyway.

That's the way I see it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Secret? The Hell's Angels have a saying: Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.

ALLEGED SHENANIGANS BY TEXAS MEDICAL EXAMINER

Lubbock ME's office a Grade A clusterfuck

By Scott Henson

Grits for Breakfast
February 20, 2019

The interim medical examiner at the Lubbock medical examiner's office has alleged that the previous ME, Dr. Sridhar Natarajan, was frequently drunk at work, used county facilities for his private practice, and, most seriously, took bribes to change the results of autopsies. But the main source for the allegations came out and vehemently disputed his account.

In the meantime, weird allegations have arisen regarding use of body parts from autopsies for research/experimentation by the current, private vendor, who denies the charge categorically.

What a messy collage of allegations, denials, and counter-allegations!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Shit, if I had to work around and with dead bodies all or part of the day, I’d be drunk too.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

‘NO KNOCK’ VS. ‘KNOCK AND ANNOUNCE’ SEARCH WARRANTS

The Houston drug raid that left two homeowners shot dead and four officers shot, has raised cries to ban ‘no knock’ search warrants

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
February 20, 2019

The January 29 Houston PD drug raid that left two homeowners shot dead and four officers shot, continues to make the news amid cries to ban ‘no knock’ search warrants.

The raid on the Harding Street house did not go well, to say the least. The occupants of the house, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, were killed in a shootout with Houston PD narcotics officers, four of whom were wounded by the gunfire. On top of that, there is evidence that the search warrant affidavit was fabricated by one or more of the raiding officers.

The search warrant obtained by the narcotics officers was a ‘no knock’ warrant. It allows the cops to smash the door in and enter the premises without any warning to the occupants. The purpose of such warrants is to protect officers from being shot if the occupants are known to be armed or to prevent the disposal of contraband.

The protection of officers from getting shot is a legitimate reason for a no knock warrant. But it can be argued that the disposal of evidence is a bogus concern. If there is a large quantity of narcotics and packaging materials in the house, those cannot be flushed down the toilet. Neither can a scale. I once tried to flush about 8 oz of pot down a toilet. No matter how many times I flushed, the marijuana continued to float on top of the water.

The problem with a no knock entry is that the occupant may believe he is being attacked by home invaders and will try to defend himself by shooting at who he believes to be burglars. Although the cops in the Houston raid claim they shouted “police,” Tuttle may not have heard them. That makes sense because Tuttle, 59, had no criminal record and logic says he would not knowingly have shot at the police.

I question the need for no knock search warrants. The drug raids I went on in the Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties of California were all conducted with ‘knock and announce’ warrants. And although in most of those raids the occupants of the raided houses were heavily armed, none of them led to a shootout.

All drug raids are dangerous. In the war on drugs there will be casualties on both sides regardless of the type of search warrant used. The safety of both cops and crooks, as well as the avoidance of hitting a wrong target, boils down to meticulous planning, pre-raid orientation of all participants and careful execution of the raid.

Drug raids are usually carried out late at night or before dawn in the belief that the suspects will be asleep and will be surprised before they can reach for a gun.

There is really little difference between the way no knock warrants and knock and announce warrants are carried out. In knock and announce warrants, the police have to knock on the door, identify themselves as the police and announce they have a search warrant. The warrants do not specify how loud the knocks and announcements must be, nor do they specify how long officers must wait before they can kick the door in.

In the raids I went on, we knocked gently on the door and in a normal voice stated “This is the police, we have a search warrant,” and – crash - the door got kicked in. So, what is the difference between no knock warrants and knock and announce warrants? About 10 seconds.

A knock and announce entry, which is designed to let the occupants know it’s the police that want to enter the premises, doesn’t work unless the cops pound on the door and shout out loud “This is the police, we have a search warrant,” and then wait at least one minute during daylight and two minutes at night before kicking the door in. Of course, if after knocking on the door, they hear what sounds like the occupants trying to dispose contraband, they can break in immediately.

At a town hall meeting Monday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told an angry crowd, “The no-knock warrants are going to go away like leaded gasoline in this city.” He is now bellowing about restricting the use of no knock warrants, but since there is so little difference in the way the two types of warrants are carried out, Acevedo is just blowing more hot air.

MAYBE THE LOUDMOUTH LEMMINGS ARE SWEATING NOW

by Bob Walsh

Remember Richard Jewel. A lawyer got him $5 million from one of the big three broadcasters (I forget which one) and an on-the-air apology for defamation.

The parents of the kid from Covington Christian High School who was the victim of a rather nasty AND TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND INACCURATE character assassination have hired this guy to sue the Washington Post.......for $250 million. They have also sent demand letters to a whole list of the liberal asswipe sleazeballs and organizations (56 in total) who piled on without checking shit.

The lawsuit asserts that the paper "wrongfully targeted and bullied" the minor to advance its bias against Donald Trump and because the minor, Nicholas Sandman, is White and Christian..

The suit is being fully supported by the school. The lawyer is Lin Wood out of Atlanta.

The parents assert that the kids reputation is irretrievably damaged and the false, defamatory statements will negatively impact his future educational and employment opportunities.

I hope the kid wins BIG TIME.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT COMES A CROPPER

by Bob Walsh

Jussie Smollett may be in deep kimchi. He has been charged by a Grand Jury with filing a false police report, which can be either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on how it is charged. It is also possible that he may face federal mail fraud charges over the letter that he got so pissed off that it was ignored. It seems highly likely that he sent it to himself.

So far he is hanging tough and the cops are talking with his lawyer about him surrendering. I won't be surprised if he runs. I would GUESS that he sees his career as being over if the is convicted, or cops to the charges and I BELIEVE that his career is the most important thing in his life right now or he would not have painted himself into a dumbass corner in the fashion that he has.

By the time you read this, about 12 hours after I am typing it, we might have a pretty good idea which way this is going to break. He may, just maybe, save himself if he kisses a lot of ass and eats a lot of crow.

What I find interesting and remarkable is that ANYBODY who had any brains and a stinkometer that was even slightly working would have looked sideways at his initial story. The media and Trump haters WANTED to believe the story, so they did, even though it was highly improbably on it's face. A stinkometer is not infallible. Sometimes highly unlikely stories are proven to be true, or at least can not be proven to be false. That being said, if it looks like horseshit and smells like horseshit there is a pretty fair chance that it is horseshit and not a chocolate cupcake. Before you swallow it whole, you should be sure.

SMOLLETT HAS LIED TO THE POLICE BEFORE ….. HE PRETENDED TO BE HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WHEN BUSTED FOR DUI

'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Pleaded Guilty to DUI, Providing False Information to Law Enforcement in 2007

NBC 10
February 19, 2019

As the police investigation into the alleged attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett continues, it was revealed Tuesday that in 2007 Smollett pleaded no contest to DUI, driving without a license and providing false information to law enforcement, the L.A. City Attorney's office confirmed to NBC News.

Smollett, now 36, was sentenced to two years probation and a choice of a fine or jail in the 2007 case, an L.A. City Attorney's spokesman told NBC News.

The case is coming to light as Chicago police investigate whether Smollett made up a story about being the victim of a racially, motivated hate crime. Chicago police have requested LAPD provide them information about the 2007 arrest, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar the investigation.

Chicago police officials say they have shifted their focus from a hate crime investigation to one of filing a false report.

At this point Chicago police have said Smollett is neither considered a victim nor a suspect and are waiting to hear from him.

Police sources tell NBC News that the LAPD made the initial arrest. The case was handled by prosecutors with the LA City Attorney's office in the Van Nuys branch.

EDITOR’S NOTE: When he got busted by the L.A. cops, Smollett lied by pretending to be his younger brother.

And here is good news. Chicago PD has finally admitted that Smollett is now an official suspect. Police officials say they’ve got their man. Rack his lying ass up!
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UPDATE

Jussie Smollett is CHARGED with filing a false police report claiming he was attacked by two brothers who yelled homophobic and racist slurs, hours after security footage emerged of them buying ski masks and a red cap

Daily Mail
February 20, 2019

The Chicago Police Department announced on Wednesday night that the Cook County State's Attorney Office had approved the criminal charges against 36-year-old Jussie Smollett. He is due in court on Thursday.

Police suspect that the Empire star, who is black and gay, staged a racist and homophobic assault against himself on January 29. He was charged with filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony which carries a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine, as well as disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Earlier on Wednesday, a grand jury heard evidence in the case. Brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, whom police believe participated in staging the attack, testified before the grand jury for about two and a half hours, their attorney said.

Video of the brothers shows them purchasing ski masks and a red hat, which investigators believe were worn during the attack.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hallelujah, hallelujah! But fuck, he hasn’t been arrested. If he were white, his ass would have been locked up and then perp-walked to court in chains..

POLICE BUST MAN FOR THE MURDER OF GIRL 45 YEARS AGO

Newport Beach cold case: Suspect ID'd in 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe's murder after arrest in Colorado

By Greg Lee and ABC7.com staff

KABC
February 20, 2019

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- More than 45 years after 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe was found murdered in Newport Beach, authorities on Wednesday identified the suspect who was arrested in the case this week.

James Alan Neal, 72, was taken into custody by Newport Beach police detectives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is expected to appear at a hearing Wednesday afternoon in El Paso County.

He is accused in the strangulation of the young girl, who disappeared while walking home from school in a blue and white dress on July 6, 1973. The next morning, authorities discovered her body in Back Bay.

Witnesses saw a turquoise van where Linda was last seen. An extensive search was launched, aided by DNA evidence that was recovered at the location.

The initial investigation proved fruitless. Newport Beach homicide detectives continued to review evidence in the years that followed, but the case eventually went cold.

In July 2018, police launched a social media campaign in an effort to generate new leads. DNA-progression tools helped create a new composite image of the suspect.

In January, after utilizing genealogical technology -- similar to methods that led to the suspected Golden State Killer -- authorities located Neal and were able to collect additional DNA, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Spitzer was accompanied by Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis and detectives who have worked on the decades-old case.

"Linda's face and her memory has been with us and our investigators since this happened," Lewis said. "Her picture hangs in our detective division, where our folks see it every day -- as a reminder of her and a reminder of why it's so important that we continue to pursue these cases -- and hopefully come to some kind of resolve for the families, for our investigators, but also for our communities as well."

Neal remained in custody in Colorado. If he waives his extradition rights, he could be transferred to Orange County by the end of this week, Spitzer said.

The suspect faces a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. The district attorney said he had not yet decided whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the case.

POSSIBLY A NEW TRIAL FOR EL CHAPO

Report: El Chapo jurors violated judge's directions, followed news accounts of trial

By Kevin McCoy

USA TODAY
February 20, 2019

NEW YORK – A member of the federal jury that convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has reportedly accused at least five fellow jurors followed media coverage of the proceeding, violating the judge's instructions.

The unidentified juror told Vice News on Wednesday that fellow jurors checked Twitter and other media outlets for reports on the trial.

The report could prompt defense motions for a new trial. The law office of Eduardo Balarezo, one member of Guzmán's defense team, tweeted "Fair trial?" and "#freechapo."

Another Guzmán lawyer said the defense team was "deeply concerned" that the jury might have ignored District Judge Brian Cogan's warnings.

"More disturbing is the revelation that the jury may have lied to the court and had seen some deeply prejudicial, uncorroborated and inadmissible allegations against Mr. Guzmán on the eve of the beginning of jury deliberations," Jeffrey Lichtman wrote in an email. "Above all, Joaquín Guzmán deserved a fair trial."

He said the defense team is reviewing the matter and "will make any appropriate motions for relief."

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment.

The jurors served anonymously amid tight security during the nearly three-month-long proceeding at Brooklyn Federal Court. Cogan repeatedly cautioned them to avoid media reports and personal discussions about it.

One development that panel members allegedly read about was the allegation that Guzmán drugged and forced sex with girls as young as 13.

That evidence – including the claim that Guzmán referred to the girls as his "vitamins" –was not among the charges against him, and was not presented to jurors. It appeared in records unsealed by federal prosecutors days before the jury began deliberating.

After the media reported on the claims, Guzmán's defense team asked Cogan to ask jurors whether they had seen them.

"So he did indeed come to our room and ask us if we knew, and we all denied it, obviously," the juror told Vice.

The juror also said the panel took six days to deliberate because of one holdout, and that jurors were concerned at the possibility that Guzmán could spend the rest of his life behind bars in
solitary confinement, Vice reported.
The jury convicted Guzmán last week of all 10 criminal counts against him, including involvement in a continuing criminal enterprise, drug trafficking, money laundering and using a weapon in conjunction with drug dealing. Prosecutors said the Sinaloa cartel leader smuggled tons of cocaine and other drugs into the United States.

The criminal enterprise conviction means the defendant who gained international notoriety from two Mexico prison escapes faces life imprisonment in the United States

Guzmán, 61, could be sent to the so-called Alcatraz of the Rockies, the Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

High-security inmates include Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols.

FROM NOW ON COMBATIVE JUVENILES IN CUSTODY OF L.A. COUNTY MUST BE TRATED HUMANELY

L.A. County Board Votes To Eliminate Pepper Spray In Juvenile Halls, Camps

LAPPL News Watch
February 20, 2019

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the use of pepper spray in juvenile halls and camps, a change expected to be phased in over at least the next 10 months.

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended banning the use of oleoresin capsicum spray, commonly known as pepper spray, in favor of more humane behavior management.

“There are alternatives, they are not easy, any more than disciplining your child without hitting them is easy,” Kuehl said. “If we want to teach nonviolence to young people, we have to start with ourselves.”

The board also called for increasing staffing, training and additional oversight of the Probation Department.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hmmm, let me think about this. OK, I’ve got it figured out. If I am a L.A. juvenile hall officer and am attacked by a young thug, I should not use force against him. I must treat him humanely. After being hit by him several times, I should say, “Hold it, hold it there, young man. Tell me why you are acting out like this. Young man, let’s see if we can work this out together.” Yeah, that should work out well.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A GOOD GUY DIED LAST NIGHT

by Bob Walsh

I am a serious amateur photographer and have been for 40+ years. There was a small bunch of us dinosaur film photographers associated with the program at Delta College here in Stockton. One of them was Kevin Chupp.

Kevin was a few years younger than me and had had some health issues lately. He was a diabetic and lost part of his leg a year or so back. He was having a lot of trouble adjusting to the artificial leg. We went out to lunch pretty often, and tried to get out to take photos every now and the, though with the indifferent winter weather it was not so easy. Also, I was moderately hurt in a car wreck earlier this month which slowed things down more than a little.

Kevin liked to travel and went on a couple of those windjammer type tall ship sailing cruises some years back. He even had the opportunity to crew for a bit. Some of his best photo work was in and around ships, though he did a fair bit of portrait photography as well.

He was also a bit of a foodie and turned me on to several decent restaurants in the greater Stockton area.

He died in his sleep at home last night, quite unexpectedly. He had a cardio evaluation less than ten days before. His mom found him in the morning in his arm chair. He was a good guy. I will miss him.

PAYBACK IS A BITCH

by Bob Walsh

The United States DOT announced yesterday that they will attempt to retrieve $2.5 billion from the formerly great state of California that they previously forked over to support the now-aborted semi-high-speed rail project, and will also crap out on a previously promised grant of $929 million intended to go into the same rat hole.

The original project was approved for $9 billion. It was, until killed two weeks ago, budgeted for about $66 billion. It was also REQUIRED by the ballot initiative that created it to gravel from SF to LA in 2 hours and 40 minutes, which their own experts said could not be achieved without a very expensive dedicated right-of way, above grade level.

Fine with me. More money for the wall.

THROWN UNDER THE BUS

by Bob Walsh

Darrell Steinberg is a member of the perpetual, professional political class in the formerly great state of California. His current teat at the public trough is Alcalde de la pueblo de Sacramento. He just pretty much threw his own police department under the bus.

More than a year ago now a young black man named Stephon Clark was shot to death by the Sac P.D. They had been called, they were not just out harassing people. Clark had been busy breaking into automobiles, which is not very nice but is a misdemeanor. He then tried to break into an occupied home, which is a felony. When the cops challenged him he ran. He hopped fences. The cops pursued, which is what they are paid to do. He ended up in his grandmothers back yard (which of course the cops didn't know). They challenged him again, he turned with an object in his hand. The cops shot. He died. The object was a cell phone.

During his State of the City message today Darrell the Toad said up front that STEPHON CLARK SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED. I grant you he did not HAVE TO die. He could have not been breaking into cars. He could have not tried to break into an occupied house. He could have stopped when the cops challenged him. He could have frozen instead of turning around with an object in his hand when cornered.

It's a damn shame he is dead, but his death is due far more to his own actions and his own stupidity than any institutionalized issues within the Sacramento PD (IMHO). Darrell the Toad is trying to get on the right side of the BLM rioters, who will be out in force if the D.A. decides to not prosecute the cops. If she follows the law, that will be her decision. There is both body cam and helicopter footage of the whole mess. What happened is not much in doubt from a factual position.

I strongly suspect Darrell the Toad would be happy to trade a couple of cops to the rioters for "peace." But that's just because I think he is a sleazy asshole.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG THERE ?

by Bob Walsh

The legislature of the formerly great state of California has begun a proposal that would eliminate the speed limit on parts of I-5 and Hwy 99 down the central valley between North Buttcrack and South Buttcrack.

Lets see, an 18-year old stoner with a minivan load of stoner buddies doing 110 down Hwy 99 to get home in time to see a rerun of Friends. Yep, sounds perfectly safe and reasonable to me.

JUMPING INTO A FLAMING DUMPSTER

by Bob Walsh

Tuesday morning Bernie Sanders (aka Crazy Bernie) announced that he was jumping into the dumpster fire that is the Democrap nomination race. Things truly are wonderful.

EDITOR'S NOTE: That's all we need ... an anti-Semitic Jew.

MICHAEL COHEN, THAT PARAGON OF A LYING LAWYER, WILL TELL CONGRESS THAT TRUMP IS AN ASSHOLE

Trump 'speaks in bigoted words in private' and 'has no moral character in defrauding people' his former fixer Michael Cohen will tell Congress before going to prison

Daily Mail
February 19, 2019

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former fixer, will testify to Congress about the president's character and reveal attitudes held by Trump that Cohen's lawyer believes could turn voters against the president in the 2020 election.

Lanny Davis said Cohen can't talk to lawmakers about what he told Robert Mueller for the special counsel's Russia investigation but said Cohen will reveal how Trump is 'bigoted,' 'treats people badly,' and give testimony on how he's heard the president say disparaging things about black people behind closed doors.

'I believe the issue in 2020 which Michael Cohen can speak to better than anyone is the man lacks character,' Davis told ABC's 'Behind Closed Doors' podcast. 'He speaks in bigoted words in private, which Michael Cohen will tell you. He treats people badly. He has no moral character in defrauding people in his businesses, and going bankrupt, and taking cash out, and putting people out of work. He lacks the moral compass that we expect in our presidents.'

HA HA HA! ILLEGAL SALES OF POT IN CALIFORNIA STILL FLOURISH AND HURT LICENSED POT SHOPS

California’s Black Market For Pot Is Stifling Legal Sales. Now The Governor Wants To Step Up Enforcement

LAPPL News Watch
February 19, 2019

Before he was elected governor, Gavin Newsom was instrumental in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California. Now, as he settles into office, he faces the challenge of fixing a system that has been slow to bloom.

Newsom has urged patience with sluggish growth in the number of state-licensed cannabis businesses, saying he expected that such a complex regulatory system would take at least five years to fully develop.

But a new report from the state Cannabis Advisory Committee on the first year of legal pot sales in California says there is problem that requires urgent action: “Fragmented and uncoordinated” enforcement has allowed the black market to flourish, threatening licensed business with unfair competition. “

Lack of enforcement is creating a thriving environment for the unregulated ‘underground market," said the 22-member panel, which was appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s not fragmented and uncoordinated enforcement that’s the problem. It’s that you can buy good pot from your friendly street dope dealer for a lot less than what you will have to pay for it in a licensed pot shop.

JUST SAY NO? ….. NO NO!

'Naked and belligerent' woman, 21, attacks fiancé for refusing to have sex with her

By Jennifer Smith

Daily Mail
February 19, 2019

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested for attacking her fiancé while she was drunk and naked because he refused to have sex with her.

Samantha Jewel Hernandez was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after her fiance Lucas Truesdale called the police.

He said she attacked him at their home in Vero Beach, Florida, after 'declining' to have sex with her.

'Hernandez was angry at that fact that he did not want to have sex and began attacking him, striking him in the face and ripping his shirt,' a copy of the police report reads.

When officers arrived at their apartment, Hernandez was drunk, naked and 'belligerent'.

She told them she had not done 'anything' to him but was 'too intoxicated' to give any other information and was put in the police car.

Once inside the vehicle, she pretended to be unconscious and then spat on a police officer when he spoke to her.

The woman was booked into county jail afterwards on charges of felony battery on an officer and domestic violence.

It is her second arrest in less than a year.

Last August, she was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The woman's fiance was left with red scratches to his face and neck. His short was also torn in the incident.

Hernandez was released on a $6,000 bond and is due back in court later this year.

THE POOR LITTLE DOG SHOULD HAVE BIT THIS DICKHEAD’S DICK OFF

Warrant issued for South Euclid man accused of beating wife after being caught engaging in sexual acts with dog

By Chris Anderson

WOIO
February 19, 2019

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- A warrant for domestic violence and sexual conduct with an animal has been issued for a man who allegedly hit his wife multiple times after he was caught engaging in sexual activity with a dog.

According to a South Euclid police report, officers received a call on Sunday from a woman on Cedar Road.

The woman stated to police that she heard her 10-pound Maltipoo dog crying from the bathroom.

When she opened the bathroom door, she observed her 27-year-old husband forcing the dog to perform oral sex on him, according to South Euclid police.

After confronting him, the man struck his wife several times until she was knocked to the ground, police say.

The man then took the woman’s cellphone and broke it into pieces before he left the apartment.

Charges have been filed by the South Euclid Police Department and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

HERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW A RACIST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TREATS DISADVANTAGED BLACK CHILDREN WHO, INSTEAD OF BEING ARRESTED, SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A BOY SCOUT TROOP

Four Baltimore Teens Arrested In Connection To Sexual Assault Of Woman Getting Off An MTA Bus

By Kelsey Kushner

CBS Baltimore
February 15, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore City Police say that three 14-year-old boys and a 12-year-old are under arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman after she got off an MTA Bus in west Baltimore last Wednesday.

Around 10 p.m. on Feb. 6, four suspects followed the 19-year-old woman after she got off an MTA Bus to the 300 block of North Fulton Ave.

The suspects allegedly forced the victim into a backyard at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

Police also said that neighbors came out of their home and interrupted the assault, causing the suspects to flee.

Baltimore City School Police contacted sex offense detectives after seeing news reports with suspect photos.

School police recognized two of the suspects and the other two were identified soon after.

The suspects were positively identified by the victim and warrants were issued for three 14-year-olds and the 12-year-old.

On Feb. 14, 2019, detectives arrested 14 tear-old Wilmer Ramos, 14-year-old Phillip Worrell, and 14-year-old Nile Campbell of the 2500 block of Harlem Avenue.

Ramos, Worrell, and Campbell have all been charged as adults and are currently being held at Central Booking and Intake Facility.

Each of the 14-year-olds have been charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Rape.

The 12-year old who as present during the sexual assault, has been identified and was charged as a juvenile with 1st degree rape, 3rd and 4th degree sex offenses, conspiracy kidnapping, conspiracy robbery, perverted practice and handgun on person.

WHO IS POLICING THE PROSECUTORS?

What other branch of law enforcement can destroy lives with 'absolute immunity'?

By Stephen Beale

The American Conservative
February 19, 2019

Five years after being released from death row for a crime he did not commit, a Louisiana jury awarded John Thompson $14 million in damages—one million for every year of his incarceration—after private investigators discovered that prosecutors in the case had withheld exculpatory evidence.

But Thompson was never able to collect on his award, thanks to a little-known legal doctrine known as absolute immunity, which shields prosecutors from lawsuits.

“With a few very limited exceptions prosecutors cannot be sued even when there is evidence that they committed intentional and egregious violations of someone’s civil rights or broke the law. It’s like an invisibility cloak that protects them from lawsuits,” said Nina Morrison, an attorney with the Innocence Project.

“If I’d spilled hot coffee on myself, I could have sued the person who served me the coffee,” Thompson once said. “But I can’t sue the prosecutors who nearly murdered me.”

The decision against Thompson came from the highest court in the land in 2011, reaffirming a doctrine that goes back nearly half a century.

In effect, Clark Neily, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, says prosecutors have been given a “hunting license.”

“So you have these officials who have extraordinary discretion and extraordinary power and instead of holding them to a correspondingly high standard …they’re actually the least accountable public officials in the country,” Neily said. “It’s astonishing. They wield the most power and in a way that presents the greatest concerns and the Supreme Court’s response is to say ‘Oh and by the way we should hold them to the lowest standard … of accountability.’”

The doctrine of absolute immunity, which was solidified in the 1976 Supreme Court case, Imbler v. Pachtman, is founded on good intentions: the general idea is to prevent a glut of lawsuits from people accused of crimes, choking the court system and having a chilling effect on prosecutors’ ability to do their job. (The immunity applies to both state and federal prosecutors.)

Legitimate as that concern may be, it doesn’t warrant absolute immunity. The same concerns could apply to a whole host of other high-stakes professions, Neily notes. “You could make pretty much the exact same argument with doctors, for example,” he said.

And the threat of lawsuits doesn’t seem to prevent other government officials who do not enjoy absolute immunity from doing their jobs, like police officers, Morrison notes. (Instead, they have qualified immunity, which is still problematic.) “And the courts are actually very good at sorting out frivolous claims from non-frivolous ones early in the process,” he added.

In theory, of course, prosecutors are still open to professional discipline and criminal charges for truly egregious conduct like tampering with witnesses, altering physical evidence, and knowingly presenting false testimony. Except, professional and criminal sanctions are rare, according to Neily and Morrison.

“Who prosecutes the prosecutors? Other prosecutors,” Morrison said.

There has been only one instance of a prosecutor serving jail time for illegal conduct. In 2015 in Texas, former prosecutor Ken Anderson lost his law license and pled no contest to felony contempt of court for hiding evidence that cleared Michael Morton of guilt in his wife’s murder. The 10 days paled in comparison to the 25 years that Morton had spent in prison, but still, the case sent a message to other prosecutors, according to Morrison.

A ProPublica analysis identified two dozen cases in which ‘harmful misconduct’ by New York City prosecutors had later led to overturned convictions—though the errant prosecutors walked away with little harm to their legal careers. “Disciplinary committees, an arm of the appellate courts, almost never took serious action against prosecutors,” the report states. Just one of the prosecutors was disciplined by having his law license temporarily suspended. No one was disbarred.

Likewise, in Massachusetts, the state prosecutors who misled the court about the extent of a criminal lab employee’s misconduct have yet to be disciplined by the bar. The scandal involved a chemist, Sonja Farak, who stole drugs from the lab to feed her addiction, leading to thousands of wrongful convictions.

“Upon finding out about Farak’s wrongdoing, officials from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office covered it up, according to a judge’s report. Worse, when the evidence tampering and subsequent cover up came to light, our Massachusetts district attorneys refused to notify the thousands of people they helped wrongfully convict with this tainted evidence,” the state ACLU stated.

Rather than being a deterrent, absolute prosecutorial immunity creates a perverse incentive for prosecutors, according to Somil Trivedi, a staff attorney at the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality. “Anecdotally, it certainly allows prosecutors to push the envelope to secure more convictions and longer sentences, whether through withholding discovery, intimidating witnesses, coercing confessions and pleas, and making inappropriate arguments at trial. All of this conduct is covered by immunity, and prosecutors know it,” Trivedi said.

“Prosecutorial immunity virtually eliminates accountability from the system,” Trivedi added. “So criminal defendants whose constitutional rights have been unquestionably violated cannot get justice or compensation, leading to disenchantment with and distrust of law enforcement and the criminal justice system as a whole.”

The irony is that the federal law upon which the Supreme Court based its doctrine was intended to do the opposite, Trivedi says. Known as Section 1983, the law, which was passed during the Reconstruction Era, declared that government officials, including police and prosecutors, could be sued for violating someone’s civil rights.

“Congress chose not to include any immunities or exceptions in that Act, and never wrote them in later. We have completely lost sight of the original intent of our civil rights laws, and immunity makes it infinitely worse,” Trivedi said.

Absolute prosecutorial misconduct plays a role in mass incarceration. Because the immunity shields prosecutors from the kind of lawsuits that would expose how extensive prosecutorial misconduct is, it ensures that we can’t really know for sure how many more people are wrongfully imprisoned thanks to overly zealous or unscrupulous prosecutors.

“We’ve basically created a situation where it is very, very difficult for a defendant to ever determine whether a prosecutor has engaged in misconduct because one of the most powerful tools for bringing that kind of a thing to light, which is a civil lawsuit, is something you can’t do because of absolute prosecutorial immunity. So you can’t sue the prosecutors which means you can’t get discovery, can’t dig into their files,” Neily said. “And so the question becomes, How much? We don’t know—that’s the point.”

But what evidence there is suggests that prosecutors are a big part of the problem. A 2010 Innocence Project report found that in about 30 of the first 255 cases where DNA exonerated a convict prosecutorial misconduct or error was a factor. “In 18 percent of the prosecutorial misconduct claims in wrongful conviction cases, courts overturned convictions or found harmful error—a rate nearly identical to harmful error findings in a larger study of misconduct allegations, including thousands of cases where defendants did not claim innocence,” the report stated.

The good news is that the path to reforming absolute immunity isn’t an impossible one. Neily identifies three approaches. One would be to convince the Supreme Court, where there has been an increase in self-identified originalists, to reverse itself. A second approach would be getting Congress to amend Section 1983, affirming its original intent of holding prosecutors accountable. Or, reformers could try to go state by state, passing local laws allowing prosecutors to be sued—though that wouldn’t address the issue at the federal level, Neily notes.

“At the very least prosecutors should have to play by the same rules that other law enforcement officials do and face the same liability when they commit serious misconduct and violate clearly established law. That seems to be the bare minimum to ensure fairness,” Morrison said.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

DEMS EATING THEIR WORDS ON SMOLLETT HOAX

Cory Booker, Camel Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, AOC and Al Sharpton suffered knee-jerk reactions from the reported Smollett attack

Immediately after reports emerged of Jussie Smollett being assaulted by two masked men who shouted “Empire faggot” and “Empire nigger” at him, as well as “This is MAGA country,” the following Democrats piped in with expressions of outrage.

Cory Booker tweeted “The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe. To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”

Camel Harris tweeted “.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”

Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted “This is a sickening and outrageous attack, and horribly, it's the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color. We are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it. Praying for Jussie and his family.”

Nancy Pelosi tweeted “The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all.”

Maxine Waters blamed Trump, saying “Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked? It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog whistling every day.”

AOC tweeted “There is no such thing as ‘racially charged.’ This attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack. If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes.”

Al Sharpton tweeted “The reported hate attack on my friend and brother, actor Jussie Smollett is despicable and outrageous. The guilty must face the maximum.”

What a shame. They’re all eating their words now that it has been revealed the attack was all a hoax. Reminds me of Al Sharpton’s 1987 Tawana Brawley hoax. Sharpton, like Smollett with his hoax, continues to insist the Tawana Brawley hoax was no hoax.

A FLAW IN THE SYSTEM

by Bob Walsh

The shooter in Aurora, Illinois had a gun he should not have had. The cops KNEW he had a gun he should not have had. They did cancel his FOID card but took no active steps to retrieve the now-known-to-be-illegal weapon.

If you assume that, from time to time shit happens, you should have a system in place to deal with the excrement. The guy bought the gun legally. When he applied for a carry permit they did a deeper dive into his background and found he was a convicted felon. They SHOULD HAVE retrieved the weapon. They didn't.

In the formerly great state of California the state KNOWS OF 9,000 weapons in the possession of prohibited persons. Governor Newsom, who hates guns and hates people who own guns, has vowed to improve funding for this purpose. In the entire 2017 calendar year the backlog was reduced by only 408, even though 3.500 names had been cleared either by the death of the person named or the expiration of the gun prohibition.

Many of the DOJ agents that deal with the issue have been carried as part-time employees year after year for several years due to the inability of the DOJ to get permanent positions approved.

It is probably Donald Trump's fault, acting in concert with the Macedonians.

IN THIS POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT, COPS HAVE TO JUSTIFY EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE

Survey: Most Baltimore Police Officers 'Afraid' to Initiate Arrests

By Jessica Anderson

The Baltimore Sun
February 18, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Most Baltimore Police officers who participated in a recent informal survey feel restricted by the department’s federal consent decree, inadequately trained and unsupported by city leadership.

Some of the officers surveyed said they don’t even feel comfortable intervening in incidents and making arrests without having been called to the scene.

“They’re afraid,” said City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, who conducted the unscientific survey. “In this political environment, you have to justify every move you make.”

About 362 of the department’s nearly 2,300 officers responded to Schleifer’s voluntary survey, which was sent at the end of 2018 via department email to police department leadership, officers and civilian members who responded anonymously. The short questionnaire asked basic biographical information, including respondents’ ages and how long they had served on the force, and questions about overall morale.

The results showed 43 percent said they do not feel “comfortable making self-initiated arrests,” which Schleifer said refers to proactive calls when officers are on patrol and they witness an incident and intervene, as opposed to calls they respond to through 911.

The survey also found that 74 percent said they “feel restricted by the consent decree,” while 44 percent said they don’t “fully understand the consent decree.” Only 60 percent said they feel “adequately trained” while 78 percent said they feel the department has “lowered our hiring standards.”

Two of every three officers who took the survey — 68 percent — also said they do not feel city leadership supports law enforcement.

Schleifer, whose district overlays the Northern and Northwest police districts, said he was not surprised by the responses but hopes they will be used to address some of the department’s systemic issues.

He shared the survey results with Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Thursday afternoon. Though the survey showed significant concerns among officers, Schleifer said Harrison did not seem surprised by the officers’ responses, and responded with specific ideas on how to address tactical departmental issues.

“It’s refreshing. He’s seen challenges similar to ours,” Schleifer said.

He said Harrison is taking action by evaluating the command staff and determining what, if any, changes need to be made, which Schleifer said any successful leader would make a priority.

Attorney Ken Thompson, who heads the independent monitoring team that is helping the department implement the consent decree, said he hadn’t reviewed the survey, but the responses show the team must work on its outreach efforts.

“We want to intensify our efforts to reach out to the rank-and-file,” he said.

Officers should not feel that the consent decree restricts them, he said.

“The consent decree gives them the tools and resources to do their job but in a constitutional way,” Thompson said.

Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the union that represents the rank-and-file officers, said in a statement on Twitter Friday that he hopes city leadership takes notes of the responses.

“The results are no surprise to our members & it points out the shortcomings of the City & how the BPD is (was?) run including the theft of our pension benefits. It should be included in any discussion of recruitment, retention, & morale,” Mancuso said.

When Former Mayor Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake overhauled the city’s police and fire pension system, officers were required to increase contributions to the pension fund and had to stay on the force for 25 years instead of 20 to receive their pensions.

Most who took the survey — 83 percent — were sworn officers and the rest were administrative personnel. Of the officers who responded, the majority were experienced officers. Only 8 percent had served up to five years; 19 percent had served five to 10 years; 19 percent had served 10 to 15; 21 percent had served 15 to 20 years; and 33 percent had served 20 or more years.

The respondents ages were evenly distributed: 28 percent were ages 25 to 34; 32 percent were 35 to 44; 32 percent were 45 to 54; and 7 percent were 55 or older.

The survey also allowed officers to write in responses to detail their concerns and also ways they thought crime could be lowered.

One officer wrote: “Morale won’t rise until the Department and its officers receive consistent public support from the Mayor, City Council and State’s Attorney. No one is asking that corruption be tolerated. What we are asking is that when we investigate crimes and make arrests or issue citations that our elected leaders support us when we encounter resistance.”

One section allowed the officers to say what they would want to tell the next police commissioner.

“Invest more in the men and women who do the job. … If police officers are detailed to patrol for a period of time, have a strategy for them, and don’t just use them as a scarecrows on street corners.”

Others asked for more interaction with the commissioner, including attending roll calls or taking ride-alongs with officers. Some simply asked for more officers.

A detective said: “We don’t have enough people in my unit. The volume of cases we have is absurd given our manpower. It leads to mistakes, and inadequate follow up investigations which lead to sloppy prosecutions. None of which is for lack of trying.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fallout from Obama’s oversight of law enforcement.

TRAGIC ‘OH SHIT’ SHIT

Man dies at the scene after running out of a Port A Potty in FLAMES when fire engulfed four of the units outside Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium

By Bhvishya Patel

Daily Mail
February 18, 2019

A man has died after he emerged from a portable toilet in flames, official have reported.

According to the Baltimore City Fire Department, the unidentified man was seen running out of the parking lot toilet outside the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday at around 3pm.

A witness saw the man 'on fire' before he collapsed to the ground outside the stadium.

He was pronounced dead at the the scene, the fire department said.

Three portable toilets were also destroyed in the blaze.

It is not yet clear how the three portable toilets caught fire but the cause of the blaze is now under investigation.

Following the incident, officers closed off a light rail walkway next to the stadium.

A message on the Baltimore City Fire Department's Facebook page read: 'BCFD on scene in the 1100blk of Russell St. where an adult male was seen on fire coming from a Port A Potty.

'Upon arrival the adult male was pronounced deceased & three Port A Potties engulfed in flames.'

The M&T Bank Stadium, home ground the Baltimore Ravens, was completed in 1998 at an estimated cost of $220 million.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Somebody must have set those shitters on fire.

MEXICAN CAR THIEF ROBBED OF HEAD AND LIMBS

Cuernavaca: Car Thief Dismembered

Translated from Sol Prendido

Borderland Beat
February 17, 2019

The brutal murder of a young man in Morelos was recorded and disseminated through social networks; his corpse was scattered in several streets of the entity. Last Friday, February 8, at around 11:00 p.m., a human trunk without limbs was located in Paso Exprés in the direction of Vicente Guerrero Avenue, in the Maravillas neighborhood, Cuernavaca.

On the morning of Saturday, a human head was placed next to the genitals in the Tabachin Street of the Bella Vista neighborhood, a few blocks from the State Attorney General's Office (FGE), where cardboard was found with the following message:

"Commissioner, given that your team has not worked and, on the contrary, they only receive money from all the criminal groups, here we give you the clue of some of the groups that are extorting money and stealing cars in the city."

The human remains were picked up and sent to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo), where the victim remained as a stranger; however, on Monday the body was identified by his relatives as José Rodolfo Bellucci Botello, nineteen years of age.

Rodolfo Bellucci, originally from Iguala, began his criminal activity when he was only fifteen years old, along with his high school classmates, with whom he assaulted businesses, robbing homes and mainly stealing vehicles.

The afternoon of Monday, through social networks began to circulate a video in which an armed group interrogates the young man, who visibly beaten confesses to belong to a criminal group that operates in that state supported by police officers.

In another recording two men appear inside a bathroom, where it is seen that they cut the head and limbs of the corpse of the victim.

As if the images were not violent enough, the individuals end the video warning that this will happen to all the local extortionists.

CARTEL’S REACH INTO THE US

A Sinaloa Connection in Buffalo, New York?

by Steven Dudley

InSight Crime
February 13, 2019

The sea cucumber arrived. Then more arrived. Then more. It was a lot, investigators noted—too much for that northwestern corner of New York state.

The shipments were, US prosecutors would declare later in an indictment, more than the small delectable culled from ocean reefs, and often prized in Asia for being both tasty and sexually invigorating. They were camouflaging poly-drug loads, which included the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than 47,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2017 in the United States—28,000 of those deaths were due to synthetic opioids, which the CDC says is largely the result of the uptick in abuse of fentanyl.

This cargo would arrive from Mexico into San Diego and was then flown to Buffalo, where it was divided for distribution in various parts of New York. The trafficking, US authorities said, “Turned the City of Buffalo into ground zero for fentanyl/heroin trafficking in NY State; fuelling drug addiction, overdoses and violent crime.”

Specifically, the indictment says that “the pallets bearing illegal narcotics were secreted in containers sealed with foam or spray insulation to avoid detection by law enforcement.”

For a while, passing off the drugs as sea cucumber minimized the risk of searches by border authorities, noted the Albuquerque Journal in a series of reports on the Sinaloa Cartel.

“Each port has a limited budget to pay for ‘spoilage’ during unsuccessful drug searches, so without specific information or indicators of drugs in the load of seafood, the (frozen) loads get processed rapidly,” the report said.

The structure behind the imports also set up four front companies—three in California (Triton Foods Inc, Kamora Investment Enterprises, Fresh Choice Produce), and one in the State of New York (Corral Seafoods LLC)—to conceal its trafficking activities. These entities’ bank accounts were used to deposit and launder some $20 million in drug proceeds in a single year.

Cartel’s Reach into the US

US agents linked this operation to the Sinaloa Cartel. The man behind it, José Ruben Gil, a former mayor of the Izúcar de Matamoros town in Puebla, Mexico, had ties to the cartel, the Buffalo News reported.

Born in the traditional epicenter of opium and marijuana production, the Sinaloa Cartel was originally a group of families famously led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and the Beltrán Leyva brothers, who combined forces from production point to market. Its tentacles reached deep into the security forces and political circles making it the most formidable criminal organization in the country.

“The Sinaloa Cartel’s reach from Mexico into US cities is most evident in this investigation,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said in a Department of Justice Press Release.

A total of 8.5 kilograms of fentanyl were seized during the investigation, but authorities said the Gil network “trafficked thousands of kilograms of illegal narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine throughout the United States.”

The case demonstrated the agility of the larger Mexican drug trafficking networks. As the fentanyl market emerged, the alleged cartel affiliates could easily accommodate the drugs in their poly-drug loads.

Other cases in the United States have also been traced back to the Sinaloa Cartel. In the Southern District of Ohio, for example, a federal grand jury charged 12 individuals in a narcotics and money laundering conspiracy that allegedly distributed fentanyl from Mexico in Middletown, Ohio and sent proceeds back to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. And in the Northern District of the same state, 20 people were indicted—allegedly with links to the Sinaloa Cartel—for their role in a fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine trafficking enterprise.

A Sinaloa Boogeyman

Still, the connection to the Sinaloa Cartel seemed spurious, reflexive even. The name evokes fear and often makes for an easier prosecution. However, authorities gave no details of what this connection was and refer to the organization as the “Gil/Aguirre DTO” in the indictment in which seventeen individuals were charged, 15 of which had been convicted by December 2018.

Some Mexican officials told InSight Crime during our investigation into fentanyl-trafficking networks that this is related to the simplistic notions of how criminal organizations work in Mexico.

“Sure, we are all Sinaloa. Why not?” a high-ranking judicial official, who spoke to InSight Crime on condition of anonymity, quipped.

The official pointed to the example of El Chapo whose involvement in the day-to-day operations of his suppliers and distributors was minimal, and the fact that there were continuous and significant frictions with his alleged partners in the Sinaloa Cartel.

The reality of the Mexican underworld is that there is a plethora of smaller organizations that are subcontracted by the umbrella groups like the Sinaloa Cartel. These include remnants of organizations that once specialized in the import of precursors, and the production and export of methamphetamines, such as the Familia Michoacana or the Knights Templar. Parts of both of those organizations were subsumed by groups like the Sinaloa Cartel or continue to operate independently, Mexican and US law enforcement told InSight Crime.

There were also parts of the larger umbrella groups that specialized in methamphetamine prior to the fentanyl boom, namely Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was a top member of the Sinaloa Cartel and was killed in a shootout with Mexican military in July 2010; and the Valencia brothers, who ran the Milenio Cartel and operated out of Michoacán prior to the emergence of the Familia Michoacana.

Portions of both Nacho Coronel’s old organization and the Milenio Cartel are the core of Sinaloa’s top rival, the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG), the other oft-cited culprit of fentanyl scourge in the United States. But there are undoubtedly others who work primarily for the Sinaloa Cartel and others that remain independent.

The reconfiguration of these criminal groups is almost constant. And while it is easy for crime analysts, law enforcement, and prosecutors to place them in large groups, the truth is that these are fluid relationships subject to a large number of changing variables. In fact, over the last several years, it is clear that the traditionally hierarchical drug trafficking organizations in Mexico have been replaced by flatter, more nimble organizations that are loosely networked.

Within this framework, it is likely that Sinaloa and the CJNG outsource aspects of production and trafficking to smaller criminal groups. Sinaloa, in particular, is believed to operate with an increasingly horizontal structure in which local and regional gangs that specialize in particular operations are subcontracted for their services.

Monday, February 18, 2019

ON STRIKE, SHUT IT DOWN

by Bob Walsh

The pseudo-teachers in the Oakland, CA Unified School District are going to strike later this week over wages (primarily). They have not had a contract in two years and want a 12% raise. The district is offering 5%. A non-binding arbiter appointed by the PERB asserted that the teachers should get 3% retroactive for each of the last two years and new negotiations for the current year. Each 1% salary raise costs the district not quite $2 million.

The real pisser is that the Oakland School District is a joke. You graduate if you do not commit a violent felony in school and get caught at it. Being able to read or do basic math is not necessary. Showing up for school is optional. The students who actually WANT to get an education, all 17 of them, would be better off hanging at the public library or a local book store (if there is still one in Oakland) rather than getting mugged on the way to school or risk getting raped or beaten up in a bathroom.

California schools used to be the envy of the world. Now they beat out the schools in Macedonia, sometimes, if the wind is in the right direction.

For all I care they should put a fence around Oakland and use it as one huge penal colony. It is pretty much that now anyway. Instead of paying a toll at the bay bridge drivers could be required to throw cans of pork and beans out of their cars into the city for the prisoners to eat.

(Yeah, I'm prejudiced. I was born there. It was a decent, blue-collar working class city back then. That was then. This is now. Liberal policies and liberal idiots have killed it, like they killed Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore.)

INTERESTING LAWSUIT FILED IN OAKLAND

by Bob Walsh

A rather interesting lawsuit was just filed in the crime-ridden and gang-infested shithole sanctuary city of Oakland, CA.

Andrea Jones was a neighbor of Jesse Enjaian. I say was because Enjaian is dead, shot to death by the local constabulary two years ago. The basis of the suit is that (allegedly) the Oakland P D had a bunch of opportunities to deal with Enjaian prior to the gun battle on 02-17-17 but declined to do so because he was White.

The lawsuit alleges that Enjaian did, on at least three occasions in the week prior to his death, shoot up the neighborhood. Ms. Jones asserts that on at least two occasions after shooting into the neighborhood she personally talked with and complained to the cops. On neither occasion did they take him into custody. They attempted to question him, but he refused to talk with the cops.

At one time Enjaian shot up a parked car with a homeless black man sleeping in it.

Jones went to the HQ of the Oakland P D on Feb 15 2017 to complain about the lack of action. She was (allegedly) assured that an arrest was imminent.

Finally, on 02-17-17, Enjaian started shooting up Ms. Jones' house. The cops eventually arrived and after 40 minutes of incoming rounds they shot Enjaian to death.

Anne Kirkpatrick, the Chief of Police, has admitted that the OPD dropped the ball in this matter.

The civil suit names the Oakland P D, Officer Castro (who was at the 02-15 meeting) and the city in general for 14th Amendment violations, asserting that the cops did not act because Jones is Black and Enjaian was White.

I would not care to bet against Ms. Jones in this matter.

DAMN, THAT IS A BIG PILE OF MONEY

by Bob Walsh

Just in case you are interested, the national debt went over $22 TRILLION dollars this weekend. At some point it will have to be paid for.

Just so you youngsters know. Free shit has a way of not being free once the bottom line is reached.

THOSE LYING BASTARDS … I PAID THEM $5,000

Empire star Jussie Smollett 'REHEARSED hoax attack with two Nigerian brothers who he paid $3,500 to assault him with bleach and a noose while yelling racial and homophobic slurs'

Daily Mail
February 17, 2019

Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who are cooperating with police investigating the alleged hoax attack, reportedly told detectives that they did a practice run days before it happened.

Smollett had claimed that the assailants 'yelled out racial and homophobic slurs' as they tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance that he suspected was bleach on him.

Sources say that the brothers told authorities they had bought the items used in the attack at Jussie's direction.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, furiously denied claims that he orchestrated the assault.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If the Nigerian brothers told the cops they were paid by Smollett to beat him up, K believe they are telling the truth and it looks as though the Chicago PD believes them too ….. finally!

The question now is will black Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx have the balls to prosecute Smollett? Making a false report to the police is a felony in Illinois and carries a prison sentence of up to 3 years.

But here’s a kicker. While Chicago PD says the Nigerian brothers are no longer suspects, it says at the same time that Smollett is not a suspect either. If this dickhead is not a suspect, then the tooth fairy must have done it.

ATTORNEY SAYS A FLEA HAS MORE INTEGRITY THAN NYPD COMMANDER

NYPD commander being investigated for threatening rapper 50 Cent's life — police sources

By Thomas Tracy

New York Daily News
February 17, 2019

He wanted his cops to “Get the strap” — and take out 50 Cent.

A Brooklyn precinct commander is being investigated by the NYPD for allegedly threatening the celebrity’s life — telling his officers at a roll call to “shoot him on sight,” the Daily News has learned.

Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, the commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, allegedly made the threat last June 7, when the actor and “In Da Club” rapper was expected to attend an NYPD sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx.

During a roll call inside the 72nd Precinct stationhouse, Gonzalez told his officers if they saw 50 Cent at the boxing match, known as a smoker, they should “shoot him on sight,” a source with knowledge of the case said.

“The inspector just said that at roll call,” the source said. “I’m like WTF.”

No one recorded the incident, and Gonzalez tried to pass off the bizarre order as a joke. But the matter made its way to police headquarters, which launched a probe.

“The incident is under internal review,” a department spokesman said.

A source said the Internal Affairs Bureau’s Group 1 — which handles police corruption cases for captains and above — is investigating.

Gonzalez, who will be celebrating his 30th anniversary with the department later this year, remains on active duty, officials said.

Adding weight to the IAB investigation is that the alleged threat came at a time Gonzalez had an ongoing beef with the rapper, whose given name is Curtis Jackson.

A month before the roll call, Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint, claiming 50 Cent threatened him on Instagram.

The entertainer was commenting on a lawsuit first reported in the Daily News accusing Gonzalez of shaking down the owner of the Sunset Park club Love and Lust — one of 50 Cent’s favorite haunts — when he wrote “Get the strap,” a slang term for “get a gun.”

In the complaint he filed in the department, Gonzalez said several of 50 Cent’s 18 million followers responded with their own threats against the precinct leader, including “Fuck this commander” and “Blast this fool,” leaving him “in fear of his safety.”

The rapper ultimately took down the Instagram post. The department investigated Gonzalez’s complaint, but no charges were filed.

A rep for 50 Cent said the Grammy winner had just heard about Gonzalez’s “shoot on sight” comment.

“Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward,” the rep said. “He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun.”

Gonzalez is being sued by Love & Lust owner Imran (Star) Jairam for demanding 11 “free” round-trip tickets to Puerto Rico and a generator for a doctor after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

When Jairam denied Gonzalez’s request, the precinct hammered the club with violations. As a result, Love & Lust lost its liquor licence and shut down, the owner claimed in court papers.

When reached Saturday, Jairam said Gonzalez “should be stripped of his badge.”

“This just shows his personality,” Jairam said. “This is a guy who should be protecting us,” he continued.

If proven true, Gonzalez’s alleged order had the complete opposite effect, sources with knowledge of the case said.

Instead of harming 50 Cent, spectators cheered him on, yelling “Get the Strap” as he sat next to Jairam’s attorney Eric Sanders at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. He was even asked to come up and comment on the matches.

“I always knew that a flea has more integrity than Gonzalez,” Sanders said when asked about the investigation into the alleged threat. “Now we can add ‘unhinged’ to this clown’s horrible reputation.”

“When is the PC [police commissioner] going to finally clip his wings?” Sanders asked.

Attempts to reach Gonzalez were unsuccessful. Roy Richter, the president of the Captain’s Benevolent Association, did not return a request for comment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gonzalez would be wise to wrap up his 30 years before IA completes its investigation so he can retire with full pension benefits.

IF IT’S SO BAD HERE, WHY DID’NT YOU GO TO AFRICA TO LIVE?

Mother Upset After 11-Year-Old Son Kicked Out of Class Over Refusal To Stand For Pledge of Allegiance

By Stephanie Claytor

Bay News 9
February 15, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. — An 11-year-old Polk County student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and after explaining his reasons, he was kicked out of class and eventually arrested for being disruptive and disobeying commands to calm down and leave the classroom.

He was also suspended for three days.

The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said her son is in gifted classes and has been bullied at the school in the past.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

The incident started when a substitute teacher asked the student to stand up for the pledge.

The student reportedly told the substitute teacher He was also suspended for three days.

The incident happened at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland on February 4. The sixth-grader was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, said her son is in gifted classes and has been bullied at the school in the past.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said. "More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested."

The incident started when a substitute teacher asked the student to stand up for the pledge.

The student reportedly told the substitute teacher the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.

In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." She said he then said, "they brought me here."

She said she replied by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

She wrote, "Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him."

Dhakira Talbot said the teacher was wrong.

"She was wrong. She was way out of place," Talbot said. "If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should've resolved that in a way different manner than she did," Talbot said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the school resource officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist and was disruptive. They said he threatened to get the school resource officer and principal fired and to beat the teacher.

The student, who was with his mother when she was interviewed, told Spectrum Bay News 9 he didn’t threaten to beat the teacher.

Talbot is working with the Poor and Minority Justice Association to get some help with the matter.

"I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot said.

A spokeswoman with the school district said students aren't required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, but the substitute teacher wasn't aware of this. The spokeswoman said the substitute teacher will no longer be able to work at any of the district's schools and the district is still looking into the matter.

In a statement to the district, the substitute teacher reported telling the 11-year-old boy "Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live." She said he then said, "they brought me here."

She said she replied by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

She wrote, "Then I had to call the office because I did not want to continue dealing with him."

Dhakira Talbot said the teacher was wrong.

"She was wrong. She was way out of place," Talbot said. "If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should've resolved that in a way different manner than she did," Talbot said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the school resource officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist and was disruptive. They said he threatened to get the school resource officer and principal fired and to beat the teacher.

The student, who was with his mother when she was interviewed, told Spectrum Bay News 9 he didn’t threaten to beat the teacher.

Talbot is working with the Poor and Minority Justice Association to get some help with the matter.

"I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled," Talbot said.

A spokeswoman with the school district said students aren't required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, but the substitute teacher wasn't aware of this. The spokeswoman said the substitute teacher will no longer be able to work at any of the district's schools and the district is still looking into the matter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Instead of being upset with the school district, the mother ought to find out where her 11-year- old son got that shit about the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people, that is if he didn’t get it from her.

And instead of getting a commendation and pay raise, the substitute teacher got fired.

You can’t MAGA with this kind of shit!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

YOU GOTTA LOVE TEXAS

THE COP OR COPS WHO FABRICATED THE AFFIDAVIT THAT LED TO A DEADLY SHOOTOUT MUST BE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW

Reports from HPD’s internal investigation reveal that officer Gerald Goines lied in composing the search warrant affidavit that led to the deaths of two innocent homeowners

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
February 16, 2019

In my February 12 BJT article Acevedo Should Be Fired For His Reckless Comments On The Tragic Houston Drug Raid I asked, “Was the search warrant in the Houston raid based on a careless worded or worse, fabricated affidavit?” That question has now been answered and unfortunately the answer is the affidavit was fabricated.

It appears that narcotics officer Gerald Goines, who is still hospitalized, lied about a confidential informant having bought heroin at 7815 Harding Street and that officer Steven Bryant, who has been relieved of duty, likely colluded in the fabrication of the affidavit.

Officers from HPD’s special investigation unit obtained the identity of all informants who ever worked for Goines and each of them denied ever buying any drugs at 7815 Harding Street or from Dennis Tuttle and his wife Rhogena Nicholas, the couple that was killed in a shootout with Goines’ team.

Now Houston police chief Art Acevedo acknowledges that a crime was committed in obtaining the search warrant and says, “We know for a fact that, more than likely, the investigating officer will be charged with a serious crime at some point.” He asked that HPD not be painted with a ‘broad brush’ and said, “The community will absolutely know the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Ugly this is. It’s beyond bad! A lowdown lying officer caused the deaths of two innocent homeowners and almost cost the lives of himself and his fellow officers.

Goines and Bryant, if he colluded in fabricating the affidavit, must be punished to the full extent of the law. Two counts of murder for Goins and probably two counts of murder for Bryant appear to be appropriate. If any additional officers participated in the fabrication, the same for them.

HPD has been given a black eye that will linger for some time to come. Acevedo finally got it right when he asked that HPD not be painted with a broad brush. The actions of Goins and Bryant should not reflect on the dedicated officers of the Houston Police Department who risk their lives every day while protecting the citizens of this great city.

As for Acevedo, now that he knows the ugly truth, he’s saying all the right things. But he’s a day late and a dollar short. Acevedo should still be fired for the reckless misstatements he made during several press briefings on this tragic case. The city of Houston and its cops deserve better than a leader who discredits HPD by shooting his mouth off without knowing the facts.

CARDINAL DEFROCKED

by Bob Walsh

A priest is ALWAYS a priest until the day he dies, UNLESS he is defrocked, which takes an action by the Pope to accomplish. It is rare.

Theodore McCarrick was at one time a big deal. He was the Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington, D.C. He was also a rump ranger and liked little boys as well as young seminary students.

He was ratted out more than once during his tenure with the church. None of those complaints were ever acted on or even properly investigated apparently. Perhaps the Popes involved did not want to know the answers.

A book just released by well-known gay authori Fredereic Martel titled IN THE CLOSET OF THE VATICAN asserts that there is a MASSIVE gay subculture within the walls of the Vatican. The book is based on 1.500 interviews including 41 Cardinals, 51 Bishops and 45 assorted diplomats. The book runs 555 pages and is being published simultaneously in eight languages in 20 countries.

McCarrick is very nearly 90 and "served" the church for 60 years. He is not going to be prosecuted for any of his misdeeds.