From The Daily KOS: Since St. Louis Has Decided Against Releasing A Report, Here’s The Timeline Of Mike Brown’s Murder.


 

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Since St. Louis has decided against releasing a report, here’s the timeline of Mike Brown’s death

 

by Shaun King for shaunking

 

Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed in the middle of the street by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson on a hot and hazy Saturday afternoon on August 9, 2014.

 

For over two months, people have practically begged the St. Louis County Police Department to release a detailed incident report of the shooting. Rather quietly, it was recently announced that the police will not be doing any such thing. In an interview with the Washington Post, Officer Brian Schellman, spokesman for the department, confirmed that that the police have no intention of releasing it whatsoever. Schellman said there are only two conditions in which the report will ever be released: If the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case decides against an indictment, or if Wilson is indicted and the report is used in court. Otherwise, we won’t be seeing it.

 

With this absence of information, the public has practically been forced to piece together public evidence to create a timeline of the day.

 

Below is a working theory of the killing of Mike Brown based on five things: six eyewitness accounts, confirmed audio of the fired gunshots, dozens of photos from the Aug. 9 shooting scene on Canfield Drive, visits to the crime scene by volunteers, and the publicly released autopsy results.

 

The typical police firearm usually holds 12-15 rounds (up to 17) to a magazine with possibly one bullet in the chamber, and Wilson may have nearly unloaded his entire gun during this incident.

 

Amazingly, a young man living in an apartment on Canfield Drive was using a mobile app called Glide in which he was recording a message to his girlfriend during the final moments of Brown’s life. The time stamp and location of the recording were authenticated by the technology company.

 

From the moment Mike Brown first saw Darren Wilson until he was laying face down, dead, on Canfield Drive, was less than two-and-half minutes. Jump below the fold for the timeline.

 

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Before Glide App Video Messaging Audio:12:00 PM: Mike Brown and Dorian Johnson are casually walking in the middle of Canfield Drive. This was/is a common practice on this street on a Saturday afternoon in this neighborhood. They notice a police SUV coming toward them. 

12:00 PM: Officer Darren Wilson, driving past them, slows down and tells them “to get the fuck on the sidewalk.” Brown remains silent while Dorian Johnson tells Wilson that they are just a minute away from their destination.

 

12:00 PM: Wilson, having passed them by, violently puts the car in reverse, screeching the tires in the street, nearly hitting Brown and Johnson, who are forced to jump out of the way, stops right next to them, and thrusts open his door. The driver’s side door only opens only a few inches because it hits Mike Brown and ricochets back into Wilson.

 

12:01 PM: A struggle ensues at the window of the police SUV, which causes Brown to lose his red, fitted baseball cap, found at this exact location after the shooting. Wilson immediately grabs at the neck of Brown as Brown tries to pull away, Wilson pulls his weapon, and threatens to shoot Brown. Brown’s hands remain outside of the SUV, and he uses the vehicle as leverage to pull away.

 

During this struggle, the first shot is fired from inside the vehicle by Wilson. It hits Brown in his chest/arm area.

 

Fearing for their lives, Brown and Johnson flee in different directions. Brown loses one of his flip-flops approximately 20 feet from the SUV. Johnson hides behind a black Monte Carlo.

 

Wilson, gun drawn, exits his SUV and prepares to fire at a fleeing Brown.

 

Begin Glide App Audio:

12:02:14 PM.: Wilson pursues Brown as he flees some 100-plus feet from the police vehicle.  During the pursuit, firing at the back of Brown, Wilson fires shots two (12:02:16 PM), three (12:02:16 PM), four (12:02:17 PM), five (12:02:17 PM), and six (12:02:17 PM)within milliseconds under three seconds, missing a fleeing Brown.

 

12:02:18 PM: Shot seven grazes Brown’s right forearm, at which point Brown turns aroundto surrender. There is a three-second pause after shot seven, as Wilson continues his pursuit of a surrendering Brown, closing the pursuit gap significantly. Brown, with his hands up, says, “Okay, okay, okay. I’m unarmed, don’t shoot…” Before Brown can finish his plea, Wilson begins to fire the last four shots that hit Brown.

 

12:02:22 PM: In just under two seconds shots eight through eleven strike Brown (making the encounter from shots two through eleven mere milliseconds under eight seconds.)

 

Shots eight and nine (12:02:22 PM) strike Brown’s arm/hand while Brown’s hands are up. Brown’s hands come down and he staggers forward a few feet in the direction of Wilson.

 

12:02:23 PM: While falling to the ground, Brown cradles his arms close to him as Wilson fires shot ten (12:02:23 PM) into his eye and shot eleven (possible fatal bullet fired at 12:02:23 PM) into the top of his head.

 

12:02:25 PM: Brown is dead on Canfield Drive—over 108 feet away from Wilson’s SUV. The time from the confrontation at the SUV to Brown’s death takes just about one minute.

 

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(Vincent Heck was a key contributor to this report.)

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED TO SHAUNKING ON WED OCT 15, 2014 AT 08:22 AM PDT.

 

ALSO REPUBLISHED BY DAILY KOS AND COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT.

 

Thank you Shaun King & DAILY KOS

 

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Steve Harvey’s Emotional Chat With Michael Brown’s Mom, Ms. Lesley McSpadden. Ferguson Grand Jury Investigated For Misconduct.


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From The Steve Harvey Show:

 

“I Haven’t Any Time To Myself To Grieve.” Mike Brown’s Mother Lesley McSpadden Opens Up On Steve Harvey Show

 

An emotional Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain teen Michael Brown appeared on the Steve Harvey show, to open up about what she has been through since the passing of her son: 

 

“I was at work, I got a call from my sister’s mother. She said ‘They shot Mike Mike!’ I didn’t want to think he was dead. All I could think was run, just run. I ran back into my job and told them get me to him. The first thing I seen that let me know he was dead was the yellow tape. I wanted to see him, to know it was really him and the cop told me no. For four and a half hours they told me no.” she said tearfully.

 

Next Steve asks her where does she find comfort these days: 

 

“Prayer. My other children”

 

When asked has she had a chance to grieve she says: 

 

“No. This is public. This is so public. Most people get to grieve in silence. I haven’t had any silence.I haven’t had any time to grieve at all.” 

 

Steve then speaks about teaching his sons how to interact with police so they don’t become victims with tears starting to pool in his eyes: 

 

“And for those out there who have to do like I do, because I have three sons and every time an incident happens like this, we have to go over, we have to go over the things again. Why do I have to teach my sons to assume the position? Why do I have to teach my sons “10 and 2,” palms up? I have to teach my son, when the window goes down, show both hands on both sides. Why am I teaching my sons this?”

 

Steve Harvey’s emotional chat with Michael Brown’s mom

 

Published on Sep 30, 2014

It’s a story we all remember. None of us could miss the headlines and the national issues it dug up; violence, race and dignity. They’re topics we must talk about as a society but we can’t let that overshadow the loss Michael’s family is going through right now, the grief they can only hope to one day overcome.

Steve talked with Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mom, about overcoming grief.

 

 

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From The Washington Post:

 

Grand jury considering the Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct

 

By Kimberly Kindy

 

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

 

Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said they received the information from a “Twitter user” Wednesday morning.

 

“We are looking into the matter,” he said.

 

An account of possible jury misconduct surfaced Wednesday morning on Twitter, when several users sent messages about one juror who may have discussed evidence in the case with a friend.

 

In one of those messages, a person tweeted that they are friends with a member of the jury who doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to warrant an arrest of the officer, Darren Wilson.

 

The same person who tweeted about being friends with a member of the jury has also tweeted messages of support for Wilson.

 

Magee confirmed that the Twitter user and feed came from an activist, Shaun King.

 

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The jury has been weighing evidence on the case since Aug. 20, within days of the Aug. 9 shooting. McCulloch told The Washington Post last week that both the FBI and county police’s investigations into the shooting are “pretty much done.” He also said that jurors should be done hearing all the evidence by later this month, but they could meet through mid-November.

 

Grand jury proceedings are confidential and if there has been a breach, the prosecutor’s office may have to start over with a newly empaneled group.

 

Meanwhile, Ferguson is grappling with continuing protests amid the wait over whether Wilson will face charges.

 

Attorney’s for the Brown family did not immediately respond to requests for commentregarding the investigation into the grand jury. 

Reached on Wednesday evening, King told the Post that the potential link was further evidence that the current legal proceedings may be flawed.

 

“At a time where so many people in Ferguson already don’t believe that Prosecutor Bob McCulloch will take this case seriously, this potential leak is a disaster,” King said. “If it’s found to be true and the Grand Jury has to be dismantled, McCulloch should be taken off of the case immediately and replaced with a special prosecutor.”

 

-Wesley Lowery contributed to this report

 

Kimberly Kindy is a government accountability reporter at The Washington Post.

 

 

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Rape Culture In AmeriKKKa: George Will Says Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’.


George Will: Colleges become the victims of progressivism

 

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By George Will & The Washington Post

 

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

 

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

 

“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”

 

Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

 

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent — too high but nowhere near 20 percent.

 

Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process. Threatening to withdraw federal funding, the department mandates adoption of a minimal “preponderance of the evidence” standard when adjudicating sexual assault charges between males and the female “survivors” — note the language of prejudgment. Combine this with capacious definitions of sexual assault that can include not only forcible sexual penetration but also nonconsensual touching. Then add the doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape. Then comes costly litigation against institutions that have denied due process to males they accuse of what society considers serious felonies.

 

Now academia is unhappy about the Education Department’s plan forgovernment to rate every institution’s educational product. But the professors need not worry. A department official says this assessment will be easy: “It’s like rating a blender.” Education, gadgets — what’s the difference?

 

Meanwhile, the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations — an idea certain to multiply claims of them — is “trigger warnings.” They would be placed on assigned readings or announced before lectures. Otherwise, traumas could be triggered in students whose tender sensibilities would be lacerated by unexpected encounters with racism, sexism, violence (dammit, Hamlet, put down that sword!) or any other facet of reality that might violate a student’s entitlement to serenity. This entitlement has already bred campus speech codes that punish unpopular speech. Now the codes are begetting the soft censorship of trigger warnings to swaddle students in a “safe,” “supportive,” “unthreatening” environment, intellectual comfort for the intellectually dormant.

 

It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.

 

What government is inflicting on colleges and universities, and what they are inflicting on themselves, diminishes their autonomy, resources, prestige and comity. Which serves them right. They have asked for this by asking for progressivism.

 

Thank you George Will & The Washington Post.

 

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George F. Will

Essential commentaries on politics, law and social character have earned him a huge, devoted following. Pulitzer winner. Twice weekly

 

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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will
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About

George Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers and his appearances as a political commentator on FOX, Will may be the most influential writer in America.

 

Will began his syndicated column with The Writers Group on January 1, 1974, just four months after The Writers Group was founded by Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham. Two years later, Will started a column for Newsweek which ran bi-weekly for more than three decades.

 

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From Think Progress:

 

Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column

 

BY JUDD LEGUM

 

Early this month, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

 

Will’s column is syndicated in newspapers across the country by the Washington Post, which bills him as “the most influential writer in America.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has published Will’s column for a number of years, has had enough. In a message today to readers, the paper announced they were dropping Will from their paper and apologized for running his column on sexual assault:

 

The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.

 

Will will be replaced in the Post-Dispatch by another Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson.

 

Thank you Think Progress & JUDD LEGUM.

 

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Washington Post Columnist Claims Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’

 

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Not much needs to be said about the esteemed Mr. George Will….or The Washington Post, for publishing his garbage. Need any more of a reason to boycott both?

 

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Senator John McCain Is Senile And MUST Resign His Senatorial Seat Immediately.


 

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Fact Checker Says John McCain DID Flip-Flop On Bowe Bergdahl

 

 

It was just last week when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) delivered a Memorial Day message in which she urged Americans to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl “in our thoughts and prayers.” She added, “I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.”
Less than a week later, the Defense Department announced that Bergdahl had been freed and he’ll be returned safely to his family – prompting a new round of criticism from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

But all things considered, these conflicting statements are mild compared to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his recent reversals, highlighted today by Doug Mataconis.

 

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John McCain: Obama Released the ‘Jihadists Responsible for 9/11′ to Get Sgt. Bergdahl

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were “hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11″ and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.

 

“First of all, I wouldn’t release these men,” McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

 

“Ever?” Crowley wondered.

 

“Not these men,” McCain insisted. “They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made.”

 

The Arizona Republican argued that Bergdahl knew when he joined the military that he was taking “certain risks, and among those risks are wounding, death, imprisonment. That’s why we cherish and love all of those men and women who serve so much.”

 

Crowley pointed out McCain had supported a prisoner exchange with the Taliban to save Bergdahl earlier this year.

 

McCain, however, insisted that the president had chosen the wrong prisoners, but refused to say exactly which detainees he would have selected.

 

“First of all, we’re not sending everybody home,” he chuckled. “We are going to send them — even if we close Guantanamo — we are going to send them to facilities inside the United States of America, that’s been the plan all along.”

 

“Second of all, I believe we should keep these people because they are hardcore jihadists who are responsible for 9/11,” McCain continued. “Of course, nobody wants to release people who are responsible for 9/11, and these people that are released that were Taliban governing worked hand-in-glove with al Qaeda.”

 

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who was the former top prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, told MSNBC on Saturday that the prisoners released in exchanged for Bergdahl were so inconsequential that he did not even know who they were.

 

“My role as chief prosecutor was to review the information we had on the detainees to determine which ones we could potentially bring war crimes charges against,” Davis recalled. “When I saw the names of the five individuals, when they were reported last weekend, my first reaction was, ‘Who are they?'”

 

“I never saw the names before, which means there was not enough information to even make it on our list of potential prosecution,” he explained. “To trade five of them for a U.S. service member, in my estimation, and I’m often critical of President [Barack] Obama, I think they struck a pretty good deal.”

 

 

 

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WaPo Fact Checker: Yes, McCain Flip-Flopped on Bergdahl Release Deal

 

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Yesterday John McCain insisted that he did not flip-flop on support for the deal to release Bowe Bergdahl, and anyone who says he did is a “lying” “Obamaphile.” Well, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler looked into McCain’s denial and concluded that yes, he did, in fact, flip-flop.

 

Kessler goes through all the facts of the case; McCain was aware of who was being considered for the prisoner exchange, he said previously he was “inclined to support” a deal to trade five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl, and his given reason for not flip-flopping is that he brought up “details” back then that would have to be decided on. Kessler writes, “His previous dispute had been on releasing the men as a confidence-building measure, not on the character of the men themselves. He certainly did not say he would have objected to these men being part of the prisoner exchange.”

 

Kessler also calls McCain out for acting like the trade was a “surprise” when it’s clear he was aware of the facts ahead of time, and concludes that he flip-flopped. McCain may have thought he left himself an out when he said his support was dependent on the details. But then he can’t object to the most important detail — the identity of the prisoners — that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

 

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Rachel Maddow Jabs John McCain Hypocrisy on Bergdahl – The Rosetta Stone of What’s Wrong in DC

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

6-4-14 – (MSNBC) – On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced that she has discovered the Rosetta Stone, the “secret decoder ring” by which all of U.S. politics in the Obama administration can be interpreted. She began by pointing to a Charlie Rose Show appearance by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from some weeks ago in which the senator gave his prescription for how President Barack Obama should handle the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

 

“I think first I would try the Magnitsky, which as you know, targets individuals and their bank accounts and their ability to travel,” said McCain. “I would try that first. Then, obviously, I would look at other areas, throw them out of the G8, of course, it should be the G7.”

 

Then, when President Obama did exactly those things, McCain went on Imus in the Morning to bash him, joking that Putin must be “reduced to tears” not to be included in the G8 anymore.

 

“See?” Maddow said. “This is the Rosetta Stone, this is the magic decoder ring that tells you how Washington works right now. Say that President Obama should do something, then pray that he doesn’t actually do it, because if he does actually do it, you’re going to have to come out against the thing that you have been recommending all along.”

 

“It’s amazing,” she said. “John McCain, I’d have to make you up if you didn’t exist.”

 

Case in point: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the prisoner of the Afghanistan war whose return Obama traded five Guantanamo prisoners for.

 

Weeks ago, in an interview with Anderson Cooper, McCain said, “I would be inclined to support such a thing,” with regards to swapping the five Taliban combatants held at Guantanamo for Bergdahl, particularly in light of the “rapid deterioration” of Bergdahl’s health seen in videos released to the Pentagon by the Taliban.

 

That, said Maddow, was Step One: McCain suggests Obama do something. Then comes Step Two, in which the president actually does it.

 

 
“Step Three?” Maddow said. “Well, now John McCain has to pretend to be against his own idea.”

 

Arizona’s senior senator obliged by saying on Wednesday, “This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home — and we applaud that he is home — is ill-founded. It is a mistake and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk and that to me is unacceptable to the American people.”

 

Sighing heavily, Maddow said, “Sen. McCain did not think that very same exchange of prisoners would be ‘unacceptable to the American people’ when he himself suggested it in February. But once Pres. Obama did it and got Bowe Bergdahl home that way, well that’s when the senator had to complete Step Three of his magic decoder ring process and come out against his own idea as a terrible, outrageous and dangerous idea because Pres. Obama actually did it.”

 

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University Of California Santa Barbara Isla Vista Shooting Rampage: 7 Reported Dead Including 22 Year Old Shooter, Elliot Rodger.


 

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22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

 

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Published on May 24, 2014

Haunting final video of Elliot Rodgers titled ‘Retribution’ Elliot Rodger Retribution California Drive-by Shootings. Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Premeditated Mass Murder. California shooting: Elliot Rodger suspected of killing six. Elliot Rodger is suspected of shooting dead six people before turning the gun on himself, in a rage against being rejected by women.

 

 

Just a quick note from me, Jueseppi B: After reading the 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter, Elliot Rodger’s  apartment, and watching the above video, I see no real reason to label him a mental illness case, or to categorize his shooting rampage as the work of a mentally disturbed person. Elliot Rodger was a spoiled dumbass vile caucasian rich kid, who was ignored by females.  The key word here is “spoiled.”

 

 

Raw: Vigil Held to Honor Shooting Victims

 

 

The following blog post was compiled with articles and photo images from ABC NEWS, KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Gawker, and ATLAS LEFT.

 

7 Dead in California Drive by Shootings Isla Vista Seven Killed

 

Seven people, including a suspected gunman, died in drive-by shootings Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be “premeditated,” Santa Barbara County sheriff‘s deputies said Saturday.
The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

 

 

 

Cops identify California drive-by shooter

 

Published on May 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara sheriff’s department provides details about the suspect in the California drive-by shootings.

 

 

 

Police give shooting timeline

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Police detail the events of the deadly drive-by shootings in California.

 

 

 

Father of victim: ‘Too many have died’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Shooting victim Christopher Martinez’s father blames “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for his son’s death.

 

 

 

Ten minutes of terror in college town

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Witnesses share accounts of the shooting spree that terrorized a California college town.

 

 

 

Witness: ‘It was a huge shock’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

CNN’s Sara Sidner spoke with student Kyle Sullivan about the horrific aftermath of the “mass murder” in California.

 

 

 

Raw: Shooting Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara

 

Published on May 24, 2014

A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (May 24)

 

 

 

Three Bodies and 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter’s Apartment

 

Posted by: John Prager

 

The 22-year old son of Peter Rodger, second unit director of the first Hunger Games movie, had a few issues with his virginity. In fact, his inability to find even one woman who would kiss him led him to develop a deep-seated hatred for all who were fortunate enough to have had squishy, skin-slapping, ecstasy-filled experiences. His jealousy built into a rage and his rage into an irrational furor.

 

22-year-old Elliot Rodger posted a short video on YouTube explaining his motive for what he would do just hours later. “If I had it in my power. I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood,” adding “You deserve to be annihilated, and I will give that to you,” he said, speaking of what he termed his “day of retribution.”

 

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The police investigation naturally led to Rodger’s apartment, where police made a grisly discovery: along with a 141-page, 107,927-word autobiographical manifesto titled My Twisted World, bodies were discovered. It is unclear if the three bodies police were seen pulling from the apartment adds to the body count, or if they were among the original six, however.

 

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Santa Barbara Shooter Was Angry Girls Were ‘Repulsed by Me’

 

By BEN CANDEA and MARK MOONEY via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

The California college student who police said is the Santa Barbara gunman described himself as the “ultimate gentleman,” but was baffled – and angry – why the “many beautiful girls here… are so repulsed by me.”

 

Elliot Rodger, who was also identified by his family’s lawyer as the man who killed six and wounded 13 in a furious rampage Friday, said in a blog that his loneliness was the “darkest hell.”

 

Rodger, 22, clearly identifies himself on several YouTube videos and a blog as well as a 141 page manifesto lamenting his lonely life.

 

“I’ve been alone for a very long time. I’ve been attending college in Santa Barbara for 2 and half years now. And in those 2.5 years I’ve experienced nothing but loneliness and misery,” he said in a YouTube video.

 

“It doesn’t make sense. I do everything I can to appear attractive to you,” Rodger said in a message to women in general. “I dress nice. I’m sophisticated. I’m magnificent. I have a nice car… I’m the ultimate gentleman. And yet, you girls you never give me a chance. I don’t know why.”

 

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for the Rodger family, said he was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police.

 

His loneliness was agony for the young student.

 

“I see so many beautiful, blonde haired girls. So many beautiful blonde-haired girls walking around everywhere. In your revealing shorts. Your cascading blonde hair. Your pretty faces. And I want one for a girlfriend… I’m 22 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’m still a virgin. I’ve never had the pleasure of having sex with a girl. Sleeping with a girl. Kissing a girl. I’ve never even held a girl’s hand,” he said in a video.

 

Rodger’s most ominous video made shortly before Friday’s shooting spree was titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”

 

“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. He added that it was to be his last video.

 

While Rodger struggled with loneliness, his father Peter Rodger moved among the glamor of Hollywood. Peter Rodger was an assistant director on one of the “Hunger Games” movies.

 

His son recounts his efforts to fit in.

 

“I put a lot of effort into dressing nice. These sunglasses here, were $300. Giorgio Armani,” he said in a video.

 

He recalled how “unfair” it was during a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s when a “disgusting loser” entered the store “with these two beautiful blonde girls at his side.”

 

“I was of course all alone as I always am,” he said.

 

Rodger also wrote a blog post in April titled “Lonely in Santa Barbara.”

 

“Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience,” it read. “As I’ve said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends. I wish girls were attracted to me. I don’t know why they aren’t.”

 

Police haven’t confirmed whether the person who posted the videos or the man in them is the suspect in the Santa Barbara shooting. Schifman said the family contacted police about the videos, which led to an investigation.

 

Schifman said Rodger was diagnosed as being a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome and had faced bullying through much of his life as he had trouble making friends.

 

 

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Isla Vista Shooting Rampage, 3 UCSB Students Identified as Victims

 

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Three victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista and the suspected gunman were identified by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Saturday. The names of three other people who died during a stabbing incident prior to the shooting had not been released.

 

Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger, 22, was identified as the gunman by Santa Barbara Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown on Saturday.

 

Rodger allegedly killed seven people and injured 13 others Friday night using his BMW, one or more guns and sharp objects.

 

Three males had been repeatedly stabbed with sharp objects at a residence in the 6500 block of Seville Road (map) before Rodger’s shooting spree, Brown said.

 

Rodger then shot multiple people as he drove around Isla Vista, killing three.

 

 

Veronika Weiss, 19

 

Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

 

Veronika Weiss was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Weiss was standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte (map) when she and two others were shot, Brown said. One of the three victims was expected to survive.

 

It was not known if any victims were members of the sorority.

 

Katie Cooper, 22

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Cooper was with Weiss when Rodger opened fire on the two women.

Cooper studied art history and archaeology at UCSB, according to her Facebook.

She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 2010.

Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

 

Michael-Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, spoke about his son’s death outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” he said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

Martinez blamed “irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death during his statement.

 

The UCSB student was inside a delicatessen when Rodger shot him, Brown said.

 

 

Three college students were identified Saturday as the victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista that killed seven people, including the alleged gunman.

 

Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, and Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, all attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” Chris’s father said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

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Shooting rampage that killed 7 near UCSB planned, authorities say

 

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Authorities on Saturday said they believe a shooting rampage that left seven people dead in the UC Santa Barbara campus town of Isla Vista was a premeditated attack and are looking at a video in which a young man threatens violence in the area.

The shootings Friday night left Isla Vista reeling as police tried to piece together what they described as multiple crime scenes. The gunman, who was killed, opened fire from inside a black BMW, witnesses said.

 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s retribution” “appears to be connected at this time” but would not elaborate.

Brown called the shooting “the work of a madman.”

The video appears to have been made by a young man who identified himself on his blog as a student in Santa Barbara.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male,” the man says on the video, sitting in a car.

 

On the six-minute video, he talks about feeling alienated and rejected by women.

“I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species,” he says.

“Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”

 

Authorities said they are looking at videotaped as well as written evidence related to the shooting. But the man on the tape has not been named as a suspect.

Various media outlets in Hollywood and London reported that the man in the video was the son of commercial photographer and director Peter Rodger.

Rodger shot numerous commercials and was a unit director on the “The Hunger Games,” according to his IMDB profile.

 

Calls to phone numbers listed for Peter Rodger were not immediately  returned.

 

The shootings began at 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. As deputies were tending to the injured in the first round of shootings, reports of gunfire in several other areas of the college community were reported.

Six minutes after the first 911 call came in, an unidentified man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire. He fled and seconds later was spotted by another deputy, prompting another firefight.

He then took off down Del Playa Drive and crashed into a parked vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered the man was dead and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

 

The seven injured people are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries; their conditions are unknown. At least one of them has undergone surgery.

Authorities are investigating nine crime scenes and are interviewing a large number of witnesses, sheriff’s officials said.

Nikolaus Becker was eating outside the Habit, 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, near the scene when the first shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. At first he thought it was firecrackers. A group of three to five police officers who were nearby started to casually walk toward the sounds, said Becker, but ran when a second round of shots broke out.

The school’s police department is working with the sheriff’s office on the investigation. In addition, the university has established emergency housing for students displaced by the shooting and the investigation.

Police already had a beefed up law-enforcement presence in Isla Vista on Friday night, Brown said. The area is known for its partying; last month, a party turned into a riot that saw multiple people arrested and dozens hospitalized. As a result, there were more officers in Isla Vista than there would have been on another night of the week, he said.

 

 

Update at 7:20 p.m. ET. Victim’s Father Speaks:

In a brief press conference seen on CNN, Ricardo Martinez said his son, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, was killed in the shooting.

“When will this insanity stop? … Too many have died. We should say to ourselves ‘not one more,’ ” he said.

 

 

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor:

In a letter to the UC Santa Barbara community, University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Young said the university was “horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic events in Isla Vista last night.”

Young says the school has set up a campus call center and is working with police and local authorities to provide information as it becomes available.

He also thanks the campus police “who acted quickly and courageously to protect our students and other Isla Vista residents and prevent an even greater tragedy from unfolding.”

 

 

Update at 2:36 p.m. ET. Some Students:

In a statement, UC Santa Barbara says that some of those injured during last night’s shooting were students.

University of California President Janet Napolitano said a statement:

“While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff’s Office and have opened the campus’ Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available.”

 

 

Update at 12:28 p.m. ET. A Witness:

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s student newspaper The Nexus talked to one eyewitness who described a chaotic scene:

“One local resident and UCSB student, Niklas Svennefiord, said he saw the suspect flee from police, from his house at 6585 Del Playa Drive. The suspect, a man in a white shirt, crashed into a nearby black jeep, he said.

“‘I heard a couple gunfire shots. I thought they were fireworks, so I didn’t think about it, but I was pretty startled and then I heard a car hit into another car. So I look up into my little window that’s in my shower, and I see a guy try to flee and the cops shoot him,’ Svennefiord said.

“Svennefiord said the suspect then continued to flee from police and also said that he believes one of his best friends was killed.

“‘I see a guy try to flee out of the car and the cop shoots him and then runs up to the car, seriously, and runs up to the car, looks into the car and the guy tries rolling around, and the cop kind of kicked him to make sure he was down,’ Svennefiord said.”

And just to repeat, authorities have said they don’t know if the gunman was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

Police said they are investigating nine different crime scenes.

 

 

UPDATE 1:56 pm: Elliot Rodger’s family has confirmed his identity and said that he was receiving psychiatric treatment. From the BBC:

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The lawyer for the alleged gunman’s father, Peter Rodger, said his son was diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger’s syndrome” as a child.

 

His mother contacted the police and a social worker after a YouTube video was posted recently, the lawyer added.

 

 

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Images From The Latest Gun Tragedy To Strike America. University Of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista.

 

 

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