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Riverside Man Shot In Leg During Gun Training Class At Sheriff’s Facility

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks ago

Desert Sun:

A Riverside man attending a firearms training class to get his concealed weapons permit was accidentally shot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department trainer, the department told The Desert Sun.

On Aug. 10, the man, identified only as a civilian, was participating in a course at the Ben Clark Training Center’s gun range in Riverside.

According to a department news release issued in response to questions from The Desert Sun, gun range staff inspect students’ firearms during the course and students are instructed to unload their guns.

During the inspection, the range staff member — a civilian instructor the department did not identify  — administered a “trigger pull test” and shot the student in the leg. Range staff initially treated the injured man.

And he’s training the Sheriff’s Department.  The “trigger pull test.”

Suspects Impersonate Police, Force Their Way Into Norfolk Home Armed With Guns

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 6 days ago

News from Virginia.

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Police Department is looking for two people who impersonated police and forced their way into a Norfolk home.

It happened in April in the 3300 block of Illinois Avenue.

The two victims inside the home heard a knock at the door, someone yelled, “Police!” and moments later the door was kicked in, according to court records.

Records state the two suspects entered the house wearing ski masks armed with handguns.

And as we’ve documented, this isn’t the only time this sort of thing has happened.  Criminals know that modern American police tactics involve expecting you to submit by laying on the floor and begging for mercy as flash-bangs are thrown into the home, children are endangered, and men and women are cursed at and threatened.

Because.  All police deserve to “git some” and go home safely at the end of their shift.

So, a quick note to the LEOs and former LEOs reading this: you understand why we can’t do that, right?  Tell me you’re not so stupid that you don’t understand why we can’t do that?

Woman Killed By Police Officer Shooting At Dog In Arlington, Texas

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago


A woman in the US has died of a gunshot wound after a police officer fired his gun when he saw a barking dog running towards him.

The unnamed policeman was responding to a call about the woman in Arlington, Texas.

She has been named as 30-year-old Margarita Brooks.

She died of her injury in hospital.

Police have described it as a tragedy, and say an investigation is under way.

Video at the link.  So let me assist the police department with the description.  Rather than a tragedy, this is classified as a homicide.

There.  Fixed it.

I note again for the record.  Any time you call the police and they get involved, the level of danger for you goes up one or two orders of magnitude.

“Tony Timpa Stopped Breathing”

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Newly released body camera video from an emergency call in Dallas, Tx.  Via The Daily Beast.

The moral of the story is simple.  Don’t put toxicants into your body, and never call the police.  You are worse off and in more danger when the police are around.

Never call the police.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Innocent Homeowner Through His Front Door

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Here is the video.  Watch it all.

Here is the local news report.

Again, the innocent homeowner was shot through his front door.  Through his front door, while carrying a weapon because he thought he was under threat of home invasion.

The police will of course be the judge of their own kind.  You be a better judge.  In the end, God will be the ultimate judge.

Mcloud, Oklahoma, AR Pistol Walk

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Our friend Timothy Harper with News Now OKC recently did a 2A audit in Mcloud, Oklahoma.

So there are a few things that need to be reinforced with the Mcloud PD.  First of all, there was no legal necessity for Mr. Harper to show his ID.  This wasn’t a “Terry Stop.”  You could not articulate suspicion of a crime.

Second, you had no right to order him off the street, and I’m glad he stood his ground.  Third, you couldn’t articulate any difference between flying a kite and Mr. Harper doing what he was doing, which is entirely legal, and yet you ordered him off the street.  So you looked stupid.

Finally, tell fat boy he needs to lose some weight if he wants to chase down the real bad guys.

I’m glad Mr. Harper is doing this.  It apparently is needful and I hope he keeps going.

The Real Mass Shootings

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

The Free Thought Project:

Tragically, in America, mass shootings in which murdering psychopaths go on rampages in public spaces have claimed the lives of 339 people since 2015. While this number is certainly shocking and far too high, during this same time frame, police in America have claimed the lives of 4,355 citizens.

Have you heard any politicians griping about those mass shootings?

St. Louis County Settles For $750,000 In Case Where SWAT Team Shot Family Dog

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

For the past week the jury had been listening to arguments in a civil rights case that pitted Angela Zorich of south St. Louis County against the St. Louis County Police Department and four of its officers. In April 2014, the county’s tactical operations unit busted down Zorich’s door at the request of problem properties unit Officer Robert Rinck because their gas had been turned off. In the raid, an officer shot and killed the family’s 4-year-old pit bull, Kiya.

The full week of trial was necessary, she said, to get the parties to where they ended up Monday morning, when St. Louis County offered to settle the case for $750,000 just before closing arguments were to begin.

National police shooting expert Jim Crosby, who testified for Zorich at the trial, said it is one of the largest settlements or awards in a dog-shooting case in the country.

At the trial, he testified that contrary to the police narrative that the dog had been charging at officers, it was more likely shot in its side or rear, at or near the spot where Kiya sat when officers broke into the house to execute a search warrant so they could examine the condition of the house. Zorich’s attorneys produced a photo — taken by animal control officers — late in the trial that they say had not been provided by the county when all photos of the scene had been requested.

But county attorney Priscilla Gunn said that the case had already had an effect on changing police policies.

“We’re glad it’s behind us,” she said of the lawsuit. “We’ve made changes since this incident.”

Attorney Jerry Dobson, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of Zorich, along with Nicole Matlock and Dan Kolde, said he hopes the county learns from what happened to Zorich. He believes the county needs to examine a policy that would use fully armored SWAT units to execute search warrants on what amounts to a crime of poverty.

“I think the settlement says they need to take a serious look at this practice, and hopefully change the policies to better protect the rights of its residents,” Dobson said.

In the trial, the Zorich family — particularly her three grown sons — were painted by the county as troublesome and violent, and anti-cop, in an attempt to justify the intensity of the armed raid.

So have you made changes to policy to call off those dumbass SWAT raids?  Have you made changes to policy not to send cops out to harass people for not paying bills?  Have you thrown the participating cops in jail?

Over what, you ask?  Withholding evidence, animal cruelty, breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, damage to private property, and kidnapping.  But no, instead of the cops paying for this, the taxpayer is left with the tab.

Over unpaid utility bills.  Over unpaid utility bills.

Mass Unlawful Detention By Indiana Police

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Via reader Ned, FreeThoughtProject:

The Free Thought Project has reported on multiple instances in which entire groups of people were detained and forced to show ID or submit to a search. However, during these questionable situations, police were able to reasonably articulate suspicion that a crime had been committed or was about to be committed. Over the weekend, at a popular Michigan City bar, there was no crime and no one had been suspected of committing a crime.

Despite these facts, more than a dozen officers raided this peaceful establishment in which patrons were enjoying their Saturday night. Police officers with the Michigan City Police Department blocked all the exits and the rights violating process began.

After police trapped them inside, every person in the bar was forced to line up and submit their identification to one of the many police officers who had setup laptops. Only after they submitted to the background checks were the patrons allowed to leave.

In the state of Indiana, a person only has to show their identification to law enforcement only if they have been stopped for an infraction or ordinance violation. Obviously, every single person inside this bar was not suspected of a crime, which made this process unconstitutional.

However, as the video shows, police didn’t accuse anyone of committing an infraction and detained them anyway.

What’s more, according to our sources at the bar that night, not a single arrest was even made.

As the video shows, the police officers running everyone’s IDs, couldn’t have cared about due process. Indeed, when Manna Carter, the woman who took the video, asks one of the officers why they are doing this, his response was, “because we can.”

As Carter questions them, the police attempted to justify this raid by claiming to be a part of some excise enforcement operation for the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission. However, the state of Indiana has an its own department for this known as the Indiana State Excise Police (ISEP).

More over, this was not some attempt to catch underage drinkers or a bar selling unlicensed booze. This was a sweeping raid and subsequent mass detainment of dozens of innocent people who were all forced to submit their information to police — probable cause be damned.

Even more damning is the fact that in an interview with TFTP, Carter said that no police officers from the ISEP were there that night and all the officers involved were from MCPD.

TFTP also reached out to the ISEP and the MCPD to inquire about which statute gave them the authority to carry out such rights-stomping exercise, however our calls and emails have yet to be returned.

The Supreme Court rule on “Terry Stops” means nothing according to the police.  They are a law unto themselves.

Oh, and make note of the reply.  “Because we can.”  Not a single one of these officers cared about their oath to uphold the constitution.  They may not be judged on this in time, but they certainly will in eternity.

NYPD Cops Lie And Plant Evidence To Meet Quotas

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Via 357 Magnum, this report from New York.

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

“Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?” Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

“Yes, multiple times,” he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” he said.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

Nah.  No record, no night in jail, no inability to get jobs, nothing.  Nothing is going to happen to them anyway.  Nothing.

This is what happens when you take corrupt men and put them in charge of prosecuting an unnecessary and immoral war on the American people.

Quotas.  Hardening of the heart to the plight of the victims.  Lying.  Cheating.  Falsification of documents.  Violation of your oath.  Harming other men for the sake of your own advancement.

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