NOT All Domestic Violence Is Created Equal: From Ray Rice To Federal Judge Mark Fuller.


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The Race Card: One’s caucasian and one’s Black. Care to guess which one lost his job, and what Federal Judge is still on the bench? The footballer has no direct effect on the next man, but the federal judge……

 

From Brads Blog, check him out, he’s magnificent:

 

NFL’s Ray Rice Loses Job for Knocking Out Wife, Federal Judge Mark Fuller Keeps Lifetime Appointment After Beating Wife Bloody

 

By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 9/10/2014

 

The NFL has been appropriately shamed this week for not taking substantive action immediately in the case of Baltimore Ravens‘ superstar Ray Rice after he knocked his wife out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator earlier this year.

 

But what about the failure of the Judicial and Congressional branches, so far, to take any action at all in the case of federal U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after he beat his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel room last month?

 

Both Rice and Fuller, as supposedly first-time offenders, were allowed to participate in pre-trial diversion programs to avoid prosecution entirely. Rice agreed to attend domestic abuse counseling for a year. Fuller will have his arrest record expunged after completion of once-weekly domestic abuse counseling for just 24 weeks.

 

Rice was eventually suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

 

Fuller enjoys a lifetime appointment as a federal judge — and can only be removed from his $200,000/year job-for-life if he is impeached and found guilty by Congress.

 

Fuller, a Republican George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, sits in judgment of others. For example, rather than recuse himself for blatant conflicts of interest, he sent former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to federal prison for 6.5 years for something that 113 bipartisan former state Attorneys General argue was never a crime before the popular Democratic Governor was charged with it.

 

America was outraged by the video tape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) in mid-February.

 

America hardly even knows about Judge Fuller dragging his wife around the hotel room by her hair and striking her repeatedly in the mouth, leaving blood behind on the bathroom tub in early August, despite a police report and a 911 call during which his wife begs for police and an ambulance and repeatedly says “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me.” The 911 dispatcher reportedly says during the call that she can hear the Judge hitting the woman.

 

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From The Washington Post:

 

From Ray Rice to a federal judge, is the system too lenient in domestic violence cases?

 

By Diana Reese

 

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, left, waits with attorney Jeff Brickman for his case to be called in Fulton County Court on  Sept. 5 to face charges of misdemeanor battery. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, left, waits with attorney Jeff Brickman for his case to be called in Fulton County Court on Sept. 5 to face charges of misdemeanor battery. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

 

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presides in the Middle District of Alabama, has walked away from a domestic violence case with a plea deal that avoids jail time and could expunge the case from his record. He might even be able to return to the bench. For life.

 

“It’s a slap in the face to victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Ruth Glenn, interim director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and herself a survivor of domestic violence. “It’s sending a horrible message.”

 

And it’s a lot like another domestic violence case in the news this week: that of Ray Rice. Several journalists at Southern newspapers have pointed out the similarities — and they’re calling for the removal of Fuller from the bench. Birmingham, Ala., news columnist John Archibald calls Fuller “a 56-year-old punk kid” who should be impeached. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also chimed in, explaining that domestic abuse “is a crime to be resolved by the legal system.”

 

Fuller was arrested Aug. 9 after his wife, Kelli, called 911, telling the dispatcher: “He’s beating on me. Please help me.” She was treated by paramedics for cuts to her face.

 

According to various media reports, the couple, from Montgomery, Ala., started arguing during their stay at the downtown Atlanta Ritz-Carlton about his alleged affair with a law clerk, and  it escalated into physical violence. Fuller claimed that his wife threw a glass at him and he was defending himself. Mrs. Fuller said her husband was drunk and that he pulled her hair, hit and kicked her and threw her down.

 

He was charged with misdemeanor battery, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

 

He appeared in Atlanta Magistrate Court  on Friday, accepting a plea deal that requires him to undergo weekly counseling through a domestic violence program for 24 weeks as well as have an alcohol and drug evaluation; if he’s successful, the charge will be removed from his record.

 

It feels like Fuller has failed to accept any responsibility for what happened in that Atlanta hotel room. Nor has he apologized publicly. Although his statement, released through his

attorneys, does express regret, he regrets that his decision to take the plea deal “means that the full and complete facts regarding this incident will likely not come out.”

 

But he’s accepting the deal for “the best interests” of his family, and he goes on to say how “very embarrassing” the incident has been.

 

Fuller’s divorce records from 2012 included accusations of abuse, infidelity and drug use.

 

Fuller is receiving his annual salary of of $199,100 while he undergoes treatment, and he’s been removed from hearing cases. Meanwhile, the chief judge of the 11th Circuit has sent Fuller a complaint as part of the judicial discipline process under federal law. While impeachment is the only way to remove federal judges, who are appointed to life  terms, they can be censured, reprimanded or requested to resign.

 

Fuller was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. He presided over the bribery trial of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006.

 

There are no statistics on arrest and conviction rates for those who perpetuate domestic violence, said Glenn, but “the consequences, in general, are not enough.”

 

It’s critical, she said, to hold abusers accountable.

 

She was among those attending the ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday (ironic timing considering the events in the news), during which Vice President  Biden called violence against women “the ugliest form” of violence and said victims need a conviction to recover.

 

Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

 

Thank you The Washington Post & Diana Reese

 

Vice-President Joe Biden said that the NFL “did the right thing,” finally, in response to the “brutal” attack by Rice. The White House issued a statement declaring Rice’s actions “contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.” The statement by WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, after speaking to the President, went on to say: “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

 

All of that is true. But where is the outrage over Fuller beating his wife bloody just weeks ago and receiving no actual punishment at all? Where are the outraged desk-thumping talking heads? Where are the Senators and Presidential statements decrying the domestic abuse by a sitting federal judge currently enjoying a lifetime appointment, who can only be “fired” by a dysfunctional U.S. Congress? Where are the calls from anyone in that branch of Government to impeach Judge Mark Fuller?

 

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Can you say double standard? Can you say one is more horrific based on the video? Can you say race card played in reverse? One thing about domestic violence, you don’t get to pick which is worse, all domestic violence is unacceptable, no matter the gender or the skin color. Hey N.O.W., why no banners flying over Judge Fuller’s house on Sundays, calling for HIM to resign?

 

Vikings ban Adrian Peterson

 

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Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said.

 

 

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Charles Barkley on Peterson: ‘We all spanked our kids’…BUT we didn’t ALL break the skin Charles, or leave bruises. Remember your ad that you’re no role model? You are right, so shut the hell up.

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Charles Barkley defended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and shared sentiments on former Ravens running back Ray Rice’s case during an interview with Jim Rome onThe NFL Today Show Sunday.

Barkley expressed optimism on Rice’s case, hoping that his mistake would help raise awareness on domestic violence. Rome then asked the former NBA player for his thoughts on Peterson’s indictment for child abuse.

Barkley said that he understands the outrage towards the football player but added that if child abuse charges were formalized against Peterson, “every black parent in the South is going to be in jail.”

Rome vehemently disagreed with Barkley’s thoughts, saying, “It doesn’t matter where you’re from: Right is right and wrong is wrong.”

“I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South,” Barkley replied. “I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard…. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances.”

Rome maintained that there is a big difference between child discipline and child abuse, to which Barkley said this was acceptable, saying that he went through pretty much the same thing when he was a child.

“I’ve had many welts on my legs. I’ve gotten beat with switches,” Barkley said. “But as far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids.”

He also added that he and his brothers were constantly spanked growing up.

He then ended the conversation by saying that people need to really be careful in teaching other parents how to discipline their children.

Peterson is alleged to have beat his son with a tree branch last May in Texas, after the boy pushed one of his children. He was recently indicted by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child, concluding that the use of a switch to repeatedly hit his son was a form of unreasonable discipline.

The incident left his four-year-old son with several bruises and open wounds, which were documented in photographs.

If found guilty, Peterson could face $10,000 in fines and two years in prison.

Asking this dumbass his opinion of most anything not related to eating or saying stupid shit, is like asking Ike Turner his thoughts on domestic abuse. EPIC Failure Jim Rome.

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Posted By: Everytown for Gun Safety (campaign leader)

Friends –

Volunteers from Everytown and Moms Demand Action are getting ready to deliver petition signatures to Kroger-owned stores across the country.

The company’s execs hope we’ll just go away, but you and I know better. 

Together we’re going to raise the volume on this campaign and demand that Kroger change its dangerous policy that lets customers openly carry loaded guns in its stores. We’ve almost reached our first round goal of 250,000 signatures — and once we do, we’ll deliver the petitions to Kroger.

Can you help us reach our goal by adding your name to the Groceries, Not Guns petition today?

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More than 150,000 people have already signed the petition asking Kroger to stop allowing the open carry of guns in their stores. The message is simple: We deserve to feel safe where we shop and dine.

Sign the petition for safer stores — and we’ll deliver it once we reach our goal of 250,000 signatures.

We’re going to keep the pressure on Kroger until they join the list of major companies with Gun Sense, like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, Target and more who’ve stopped letting people openly carry guns in stores.

Thanks for adding your name,

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Today’s White House Schedule

All times are Eastern Time (ET)

9:15 AM: The President meets with Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk; The Vice President also attends.

12:20 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.

12:25 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.

1:30 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a conference marking the 40th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation WATCH LIVE.

1:55 PM: The President arrives Atlanta, Georgia.

2:35 PM: The President participates in a briefing at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

3:25 PM: The President meets with Emory University doctors and healthcare professionals.

4:05 PM: The President delivers remarks WATCH LIVE.

5:35 PM: The President departs Atlanta, Georgia.

6:50 PM: The President arrives Tampa, Florida.

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The White House Week Ahead

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.

In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.

On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.

In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

On Thursday morning the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington.

In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

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Racism Does NOT Exist In A Post Racial AmeriKKKa….

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1. Was Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson justified in shooting Michael Brown?
Whites: Yes (62%)
Blacks: No (65%)

2. Who is most responsible for the violence in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death?
46 percent of whites blame organized street gangs for the looting and chaos that gripped Ferguson for days after the shooting. Blacks blame law enforcement and community activists, both with 27 percent. Only 7 percent of whites said law enforcement was to blame.

3. Was Michael Brown targeted by Officer Darren Wilson because of his race?
Whites: No (77 %)
Blacks: Yes (64%)

4. Should Officer Darren Wilson be arrested and charged with a crime?
Whites: No (72%)
Blacks: Yes (71%)

5. Can Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch fairly prosecute the criminal case against Officer Darren Wilson?
Whites: Yes (71%)
Blacks: No (60%)

Is any one surprised that the county prosecutor, Attorney McCulloch, has been reelected to his post for decades by the county’s majority-white voting base, while black community leaders have organized protests, boycotts and a highway shutdown to get him thrown off the case? What #Ferguson residents need to do is get off their lazy asses AND VOTE ON “NO”vember 4th, Beat ‘Em With The Ballot Box.

6. Do police target black people because of their race?
White: No (61%)
Black: Yes (70%)

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Read this entire study at Ferguson Public Opinion

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Obama’s day: Medals of Honor

President Obama pays tribute to the military Monday by presenting the Medal of Honor to three heroes from conflicts past: The Vietnam War and the Civil War.

 

One Medal of Honor is dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who gave his life while commanding Union troops against Pickett’s Charge during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, a turning point in the War Between the States.

 

Family members and supporters have lobbied the government for years to honor Cushing.

 

Obama will also bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

 

Adkins, who lives in Alabama, is being honored for running through enemy fire to rescue comrades during a Vietnam battle in 1966.

 

Sloat died on the field of battle in 1970, when he used his body to shield other soldiers from an exploding grenade.

 

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

In a ceremony at the White House on September 15, 2014, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat.

 

 

 

Inside the White House: The Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor awarded by the United States. Take a look behind the scenes at what goes into the award presentation at the White House.

 

 

 

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Civil War hero gets medal 150 years later

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

A century and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg is receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of September 15, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.

 

In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.

 

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

 

 

On Thursday morning the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Obama library finalists: U of Chicago, UIC, Hawaii, Columbia

 

WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation on Monday announced the finalists for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum: the University of Chicago; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.

 

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Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

 

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document — called a “Request for Proposal” — that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

 

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Grand Jury Delays Decision On Whether Or Not To Indict Darren Wilson

 

By NewsOne Staff

 

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A grand jury has until January 7 to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson,  who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death on August 9, reports STLToday.com.

 

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the usual four month period, which expired last week, and now the grand jury has an additional 60 days to make a decision.

 

“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” said Court Administrator Paul Fox said.

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The panel is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.

The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public trial.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch can bypass a grand jury and take a case to trial by filing a complaint that goes first to a preliminary hearing, a public proceeding in which a judge decides if there should be a trial. Often, his office files a charge first and then obtains an indictment to replace it, avoiding the preliminary hearing.

McCulloch chose to take the full investigation of Wilson’s use of deadly force to the grand jury. He announced weeks ago that he would present all the evidence gathered, leaving to grand jurors the decision of what to do.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Wilson shot Brown at least six times, including twice in the head.

According to the autopsy, the six shots produced numerous wounds with some of the bullets entering and exiting several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

Wilson was not identified immediately and once he was, police revealed that he had been allowed to leave town.

 

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Adrian Peterson: Discipline or child abuse?

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Miguel Marquez reports on the latest news in the Adrian Peterson story, including updates on new allegations of abuse.

 

 

 

Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

As the climate justice movement prepares for an historic convergence in NYC, political economist Patrick Bond warns that the “big tent approach” to the People’s Climate March might backfire by giving space to institutions that promote financialization as a solution.

 

 

 

WATCH: the CNN report that China doesn’t want you to see

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

(CNN) The Chinese government pulled the plug on CNN’s feed inside their country when AC360 aired David McKenzie’s report on the crackdown on Christians in Eastern China. Christian leaders there are facing the worst persecution in decades. It features exclusive video of police clashing with church members.
Christians in eastern China scramble to save symbol of their faith.

 

 

 

Audio: LAPD investigates Watts’ racial profiling complaint actress Daniele Watts’

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Online tabloid TMZ released an audio clip from “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts’ brief detainment by Los Angeles police.

 

 

 

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to discuss Ebola 

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

President Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

 

Mystery Respiratory Virus Spreads to 21 States

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Scary virus that is sending kids to the ICU is now in the Northeast.

 

 

 

Bill Clinton Unplugged: The Former President Goes Off-The-Cuff In Iowa

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Is he an asset or liability for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – or a bit of both?

 

 

 

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AmeriKKKan Police Kill More American Citizens: Are YOU Next?


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Heard about this 8 month old murder? I didn’t either until a person who follows my blog commented on how out of control law enforcement has become lately. Problem is law enforcement has been out of control concerning those they take an oath to serve & protect, for centuries. 

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Cop Allegedly Said ‘We Don’t Have Time For This’ Before Shooting Schizophrenic Teen To Death

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Schizophrenic 18-year-old Keith Vidal was having an episode on Sunday when his parents called the police for assistance. Instead, an officer shot and killed their son right in front of them.

During Sunday’s incident, Vidal had apparently picked up a small screwdriver — small enough that it couldn’t have caused serious harm, his family says, but enough that they sought law enforcement assistance. Three different police departments’ officers arrived at the scene. The first two were able to restrain Vidal and calm him down, according to Vidal’s father. But then a third entered, and that’s when he says things went sour.

He says the third officer tased Vidal, knocking the 90-poundteenager to the ground. The officer then allegedly stepped forward with a firearm and said, “we don’t have time for this,” before shooting the teen dead.

Southport Police Department, one of the three North Carolina agencies that responded to the call, has put one of its detectives on administrative leave in relation to the case, reports WECT. The department did not say whether the officer was the one who had fired the weapon. The other departments, Boiling Spring Lakes PD and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office, said that they have not put their responding officers on leave. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

Sadly, families often treat police officers as assistants in home disputes or conflicts. But law enforcement officials have a long history of turning heated situations deadly. Protocol for police who take out their guns is to aim for the head or chest, and that’s exactly what the officer did in this case.

Too often, the mentally ill are on the other end of the barrel. Just last month, police fired 15-20 rounds at a schizophrenic man who they mistook for drunk, killing him. The month before that, in a similar incident to Vidal’s, a mentally ill man carrying a shovel was gunned down by police after his mother called them for help calming him down.

“This is what’s wrong with our mental health system,” Vidal’s mother, who was reportedly treated at the scene for an emotional breakdown, told reporters.

UPDATE

Two of the cops involved in the shooting have been cleared by an internal investigation. One officer, Southport Officer Bryon Vassey, remains on paid administrative leave.

Thank you THINK PROGRESS.

Police Shoot 13 year old mentally ill boy after being tased….

Published on Jan 9, 2014

Police Shoot 13 year old mentally ill boy after being tased, he was 5’3 100lbs and police could not handle him.WOW

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From CNN:

Police group: Detective who fatally shot mentally ill teen acted justly.

By Greg Botelho and David Mattingly, CNN

Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (CNN) — A North Carolina detective justifiably shot a schizophrenic 18-year-old because he believed another officer’s life was in danger, a group representing police officers said, offering an account vastly different from that of the late teen’s outraged family.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association laid out its version of what happened in Boiling Spring Lakes in a statement issued Wednesday, three days after Keith Vidal was killed.

The most salient part was its defense of a Southport police detective for shooting Vidal after, in its view, determining that the teenager posed a “deadly threat” to another officer. The professional organization represents both these officers but not a sheriff’s deputy also at the scene.

“(The) detective … employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to (the officer) and others,” the Police Benevolent Association concluded.

The Southport detective’s lawyer, W. James Payne, has told CNN affiliate WWAY that once investigations into the shooting are complete, “All folks — everybody — will conclude that the officers acted appropriately.”

Payne elaborated to CNN on Wednesday night, claiming that his client fired after Vidal made multiple attempts to stab the other officer with a screwdriver. The other officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured.

Wednesday’s statements are the most detailed public defense yet of the law enforcement officers involved in Sunday’s incident.

“We can say, based on our preliminary findings, that we are very confident that the officers did what they should have under state law,” the law enforcement trade association’s director, John Midgette, said Wednesday night. “It’s a very tragic situation, but we do believe the officers.”

Vidal’s family has offered a starkly disparate view in its pleas this week for justice, as they see it, by holding the Southport detective directly responsible.

“My brother just needed help, and now he is dead,” stepbrother Mark Ryan Wilsey said in an emotional video posted to CNN iReport.

Wilsey was not there when his stepbrother was shot but wanted to speak on behalf of his family, he said Wednesday.

“This officer who shot my son needs to be behind bars,” said Vidal’s mother, Mary Wilsey. “He needs to die the way my son died.”

CNN first learned of the shooting through an iReport sent by a family friend.

According to Mark Ryan Wilsey, Vidal had schizophrenia and “was having an episode” when his father contacted police to subdue him so he could get help.

“He’s not doing very good. You’ve got to get him someplace,” a man who identified himself as Vidal’s stepfather said on a 911 call, a copy of which was obtained by CNN affiliate WECT. “He wants to fight his mother. … She’s scared to death of him right now.”

The caller said that Vidal “won’t take his medication” and his family has had “to put him in before, (and) he’s getting real bad again.”

Mark Ryan Wilsey said Wednesday that Boiling Spring Lakes police were familiar with Vidal, having gone to the family’s house at least three times before.

And the family has no qualms with the first two law enforcement officers who responded — one from Boiling Spring Lakes police and the other a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy — with the stepbrother saying they “did nothing wrong.”

“All they did was taze my brother and try to get him into handcuffs so he couldn’t harm himself,” said Mark Ryan Wilsey, who wasn’t at the scene but relayed his family’s account. “They had the situation under control.”

But the family says the situation unnecessarily took a turn for the worse when the Southport detective arrived.

Stepfather Mark Wilsey told WECT that Vidal had been tased and was pinned when one of the officers said, “We don’t have time for this” and fired his gun.

Seventy seconds after the third officer arrived, WECT reported, citing police records, police radioed that the teenager had been shot in self-defense.

Boiling Spring Lakes police and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have both cleared their officers involved in the case after finding, in internal reviews, no evidence they’d violated policy or state law.

Southport police put its detective — the man the benevolent association says shot Vidal — on paid administrative leave, a step that Midgette said is standard for any officer involved in a fatal shooting. Police Chief Jerry Dove said Wednesday that the detective’s record is spotless, adding that his department hasn’t had an officer-involved shooting in about 20 years.

Asked about his detective’s judgment in shooting an 18-year-old who his family said weighed about 100 pounds, Dove said, “Well, that’s what I’m waiting for when I hear all the inquiries that are made.”

Specifically, the State Bureau of Investigation and the chief prosecutor for the state’s 13th Judicial District are both looking into the matter.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association said it “welcomes” these investigations, but at the same time that it “assigned local counsel” to look into the matter. Its director, Midgette, explained this investigation consisted of talking to two officers involved who are members of — and thus represented by — his association.

The group said that three officers from three agencies responded to Vidal’s house “due to the dangerous nature of the call.”

Vidal “failed to comply with repeated requests to surrender the deadly weapon,” which the 911 caller said was a screwdriver, the Police Benevolent Association reported.

What the officers did next — such as using a Taser — were “authorized and necessary law enforcement procedures … to promote safety for everyone involved, including Vidal,” the group added.

The detective fired after Vidal “made physical contact with the (Boiling Spring Lakes officer) using the hand holding the deadly weapon,” the police association said in its statement.

“The officers present realized the immediate and deadly threat to (the officer’s) life,” said the group.

The pain and perhaps anger felt by Vidal’s family is understandable. Yet Midgette said that it is important to understand too that the challenges faced by law enforcement, who sometimes have to decide, in a split second, whether they need to act to save their, one of their colleagues or someone else’s life.

“Officers struggle every time they are put in a situation like this, because they are human beings, too,” said the state benevolent association’s leader. “It is always a tragedy, no matter how justified (the use of force) might be.”

CNN’s David Mattingly reported from North Carolina, and CNN’s Greg Botelho reported and wrote this story from Atlanta. CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz contributed to this report.

Thank you CNN.

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From Atlanta Blackstar:

Man Who Made 911 Call That Led to John Crawford’s Death Admits He Lied.

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John Crawford III was killed by Ohio police on Aug. 5 because they apparently thought the toy gun he had just purchased from the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek was real, but now the white man who called 911 to report Crawford has admitted he lied to police.

On the call, 24-year-old Ronald Ritchie, who was originally described as an “ex-Marine,” described a black man walking around the store with the weapon. “He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchie told the 911 operator. He also said he saw Crawford loading bullets into the supposed weapon.

But in an interview with The Guardian, Ritchie is retracting his story, saying, “at no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody.” Though Ritchie stood by his statement that Crawford was “waving (the gun) around,” attorney Michael Wright says the Wal-Mart surveillance video of the incident refutes that claim.

Wright, who is representing Crawford’s family who was allowed to watch the surveillance video, said Crawford was facing away from the officers and probably didn’t hear them because he was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, who was with his parents at the time.

The attorney said as Crawford leaned on the pellet gun like a cane, he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

In the Guardian interview, Ritchie defended his 911 call by saying, “Even still, it’s a gun in Wal-Mart, in a public place, inducing panic.” Ironically, Ohio has an “open carry” law allowing people to carry a rifle in public.

During the chaos created by the police shooting of Crawford, a 37-year-old woman also died from heart failure.

Thank you Atlanta Blackstar.

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Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: Bring The Fight To Kroger’s Door.


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Shannon Watts, Everytown for Gun Safety: Bring The Fight To Kroger’s Door.

Kroger’s executives probably don’t love the massive ad campaign that Moms Demand Action just launched online and in newspapers around the country. But we have ZERO intention of backing down until Kroger finally stops letting customers openly carry loaded guns in their stores.

Our next move is to take over a giant billboard right outside of Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The billboard sits right above highway I-71, where Kroger’s senior executives will see it on their way to work — every single day.

They won’t be able to ignore our message, but we need your help to make this happen.

Pick the billboard you think we should run by clicking one of the ads below….

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Even after 125,000 messages and thousands of phone calls, Kroger still hasn’t budged on their dangerous gun policy. But if we get these billboards right in front of the grocery chain’s executives, we’ll send a clear message they can’t ignore.

With your help, Moms Demand Action can keep the pressure on Kroger leadership until they do the right thing to keep their customers and employees safe by prohibiting the open carry of guns in their stores.

Thank you for taking this fight to Kroger’s front door!

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens.

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