BLM Mississippi

Note:  I apologize for this post is a week late.

Recently I posted on the death of a baby after a high speed chase that ended in gun fire in Mississippi….https://lobotero.com/2021/05/08/a-baby-dies/

Last Saturday Black Lives Matter held a gathering that asks for information on why a 3 month old baby was killed by police….

Black Lives Matter Mississippi held a protest outside the Gulfport Police headquarters on Saturday asking for police accountability and transparency regarding the death of three-month-old La’Mello Parker.

This comes after the Biloxi Police Department announces it will not disclose the results of the forensic test on the bullet that struck Parker.

Biloxi is handling the investigation because other law enforcement agencies were involved.

The baby, La’Mello Parker, was killed May 3rd near Biloxi after his father, Eric Derell Smith, led police on a chase from Louisiana to Mississippi.

The Black Lives Matter Mississippi group wants the public to have access to the officer body cam footage and for the individuals responsible for the infant’s death to be held accountable for their actions. Protester Dwight Watkinz said, “It is 2021. We have all the forensic evidence in the world that can help figure out who fired this bullet, who killed this child. I’m sorry, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t mean to do it. If I go out tomorrow and hit somebody on the side of the road and I didn’t mean to do it, I’m still going to jail for manslaughter.”

(wxxv25.com)

So many questions that needs answering….but will the information be forthcoming?

My guess is that it will not.

I can smell that “blue brotherhood” formulating their defense for killing a baby….for no reason.

At what point will this type of story become an exception instead of the rule?

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A “Year Of Carnage”?

Closing Thought–25May21

So far this year there have been a wealth of fatal shootings all over the country…..far too many and yet nothing is being done to curb the trajectory of events.

Over this past weekend I read some disturbing news on gun violence…..12 mass shootings.

At least a dozen mass shootings took place over the weekend across the country, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 69. CNN combined its own stats with those from the Gun Violence Archive, as well as police and other media reports, and found the latest slew of mass shootings—defined by CNN as shootings that result in at least four people killed or wounded, not counting the shooter—took place in eight states between Friday night and Sunday: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The weekend fatalities included three dead at a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, where three were also injured; one dead and three injured at an apartment complex in Fort Wayne, Ind.; a 16-year-old girl killed and five other people injured in a park shooting in Columbus, Ohio; two dead and 12 injured at a house party in Cumberland County, NJ; a 14-year-old girl killed and 13 other people injured at an unauthorized concert in North Charleston, SC; one dead and eight wounded in downtown Minneapolis; and two dead and four injured in Jersey City, NJ.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls this weekend’s shootings part of a “year of carnage,” continuing a “staggering trend of mass shootings [that] have quickly rebounded to the forefront of American life” as the country starts to get COVID-19 under control. In fact, the pandemic’s lockdowns and other restrictions may be partly what’s behind the resurgence of mass shootings, says Hart Brown, senior VP of crisis management firm R3 Continuum. “The environment that was created by the pandemic … and the compounding stressors is really what’s driving much of the violence that we’re seeing right now,” he told Reuters earlier this month. Despite the reemergence of this type of gun violence, a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April finds that gun policy remains a “deeply divisive” topic along partisan lines, with the majority of Democrats leaning toward stricter gun-safety laws, while Republicans are mostly balking at such measures.

Does anyone else find this news disturbing and should be unacceptable to the American people?

And yet we just shrug it off and go about yelling about mask wearing.

Does any else see just how pathetic this all is?

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This Is Goddamn Pathetic!

WARNING:  There is language in this post that some may find offensive……

Closing Thought–12May21

When will the American people stop listening to bullshit and start realizing just how dangerous this country is becoming thanks to a society that is fucking awash in guns.

I realize the gun violence is so commonplace that it is barely noticeable…..

But really?

9 separate mass shootings in two days is becoming a truly pathetic norm for our society…..

A gunman opened fire at a family birthday party in Colorado Springs, leaving six people dead and a community in mourning.

“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. “From the officers who responded to the shooting to the investigators still on scene, we are all left incredibly shaken.”
The suspected shooter — believed to be a boyfriend of one of the victims — is also dead, according to Colorado Springs Police.
 
At least 15 people were killed and 30 more injured in mass shootings since Friday night, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media and police reports.
 
Why do rational people allow this type of crime go on and on and few challenge the logic behind them?
 
When is enough enough?
 
Turn The Page!
 
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A Baby Dies

Some sad news for the weekend.

Here on the Coast we have had a horrific high speed chase that ends with driver shot and killed as well as a baby he had in the vehicle.

The chase started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a double murder and the suspected perp went on the lame with a 4 month old baby…..along I-10 that ended in Harrison county Mississippi.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies responded around 11:30 a.m. to 911 hang-up call from the 2000 block of Richmond Street in Baker. Smith’s ex-girlfriend lives at the address.

When deputies got to the home, they found the shooting victims, identified by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office as Christin Parker, 32, and her nephew, Brandon Parker, 26.

Smith left the home in a blue Nissan Altima and had the 4-month-old baby with him.

The top priority for Louisiana authorities was to locate the child unharmed, so they immediately released details of the incident to the public.

Biloxi police are handling the investigation into Smith’s death because the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Gulfport Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office took part in the chase.

The baby has died from wounds sustained in the “shoot out”…..

After a baby was killed in an alleged shootout with police on the interstate Monday, many in South Mississippi have questions about police protocol and policies related to use of force.

Law enforcement chased a double-homicide suspect, Eric Derrell Smith, after he was spotted on the interstate in Mississippi. Smith’s 4-month-old baby boy was in the blue Nissan Altima with him.

After officers deployed spike strips, Smith kept driving at a speed as low as 10 miles per hour. Then, when Smith’s car got stuck in the interstate median, officers fired a barrage of bullets into the vehicle.

 
The story goes that there were 20-35 shots fired into the car…..the perp was killed and the baby did as well from a gunshot wound…
A coroner’s report says a 4-month-old died from a gunshot wound after his father was killed by police, though officials won’t say how the baby was shot. 
 
The autopsy report released Wednesday did not say where on his body the child was shot. It’s still unclear who fired the bullet.
 
This was the use of deadly force and a hostage situation….and yet many shots were fired into the car with apparently no concern for the safety of the baby.
 
The article above has the rules for the use of deadly force from the local law enforcement…..all responded (read the rules for yourself)….that with the exception from the county where I reside, Harrison,….they rejected the request for clarification.
 
Why was that?
 
Do they not have a set of rules or do they fear scrutiny?
 
Just another incident of “shoot first and cover ass later”…..
 
This is a tragedy that could have turned out better for the baby.
 
Now these troopers have to live with the fact that their trigger finger killed an incident by-stander.
 
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Yet Another Mass Shooting

Closing Thought–16Apr21

A headline that is all too familiar these days….and yet the American people seem to care less about this violence…..

This time the moron with a gun is in Indiana…..

Police say at least eight people were killed in a mass shooting late Thursday night at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Genae Cook says multiple other victims were hospitalized, the Indianapolis Star reports. Police believe the gunman killed himself, the AP reports. Cook says police found an “active shooter incident” with multiple gunshot victims when they were called to the scene just after 11pm.

 

Interstate 70 was briefly closed in both directions near the incident, which took place near Indianapolis International Airport on the city’s southwest side. “Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected,” a FedEx spokesman tells CNN. The New York Times reports that more than 100 people who have not been able to contact loved ones have gathered at a hotel near the facility and are being assisted by representatives of the police chaplain’s office.

I am sure that someone will offer up “thoughts and prayers”

Thoughts and prayers my ass.

What has this ever done to help stop these incidents?

The answer is easy….NOT A GODDAMN THING!

When will the American people wake up to the illness that is raging in this country?

If few care this will be an ever expanding problem that so many politicians are afraid to address……and with inaction more people will die and be injured by an idiot with a gun

Please do not offer thoughts and prayers….that is as damn disingenuous as it comes.

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Closing Thought–05Apr21

After a weekend of shootings then calls for better laws that could help calm the situation down have gotten louder.

Biden has issued the call to action…..

Democrats and outside groups are praising the $5 billion for community violence prevention programs tucked into the president’s massive infrastructure package, which was unveiled Wednesday and is likely to get the next big legislative push on Capitol Hill.

But they say more must be done.

House Democrats this week urged Biden to take executive action to subject concealed assault-style weapons to more federal regulation. And others raised pressure on Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to promptly schedule votes on two bills the lower chamber passed last month to expand background checks.

“The extraordinary investment proposed by the Biden-Harris administration would save countless lives in communities that are most affected by gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “To meaningfully reduce gun violence, we have to both close the loopholes in our gun laws and invest in proven solutions. Congress should move quickly on both tracks to deliver the results the public deserves.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/546267-gun-control-advocates-applaud-biden-funding-plan-but-say-more-must-be-done

Personally I think we need more…..but this is a start that most likely fizzle in the Senate if it makes it that far.

Something needs doing…..but it is probably way too late for any actual reform.

Here is a closing thought within the closing thought…..part of the insurrection of 06 January were the militia known as the Oath Keepers….you know them they are the ones that carry AR-15s and body armor….if they are convicted of a felon they will no longer be able to own a firearm…..what will they do when they cannot wear the penis on their chest?

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Another Day–Another Mass Shooting

I appears the new ‘norm’ is another shooting/chaos every day or so.

The latest is in the state of North Carolina….where 3 have been killed in the attack….

Following a gunman’s rampage in Orange, Calif., on Wednesday that left four dead, CNN noted that mass shooting was one of 20 since the Atlanta spa shootings in mid-March. Now, yet another one to add to the list. Police say at least seven people were shot early Saturday at a house party in Wilmington, NC, leaving three dead and four injured, per WECT. After the shooting, which took place soon after midnight, police Chief Donny Williams said the general public didn’t appear to be any danger and that law enforcement was working on trying to ID suspects.

Police also they also don’t yet have a motive pinned down. It’s not clear what the conditions are of the injured. “Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence,” a public information officer says in a release, asking members of the public to come forward if they have any info on the shooting, per the Wilmington Star-News. The number to call is 910-343-3609, or people can text an anonymous tip to 847411 by including the keyword “WPDNC.”

This is pathetic!

This is becoming a daily occurrence….

Another mentally ill person with a gun….apparently that is the ‘norm’ now as well.

How long must we Americans endure this terrorism before someone steps up to put a stop to it?

Cops with bigger and better guns has done little to curb this trend.

I apologize but it seems hollow to wish a Happy Easter when there is so much stupid and ignorance is grasping the country.

Any thoughts?

Be well…..Be Safe….

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Closing Thought–18Mar21

By now most everyone in this country has heard or read about the horrific shooting in Atlanta…..8 people dead 6 Asian-Americans……and good for the police the bastard has been arrested…..

The 21-year-old man accused of killing eight people Tuesday at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, most of them women of Asian descent, claims racism wasn’t the motive, police say. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds says Robert Aaron Long indicated he has issues, “potentially sexual addiction,” and “may have frequented some of these places in the past,” NPR reports. He says Long denied there was any racial motive involved. Capt. Jay Baker of the sheriff’s office says Long, who was arrested after a manhunt Tuesday night, saw the spas as “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.” More:

  • He may have planned more attacks. Long was taken into custody around 150 miles south of Atlanta after police tracked his vehicle on the interstate. Police say he was on his way to Florida to attack “some type of porn industry,” the AP reports.
  • The timeline. Police believe Long bought the gun hours before the killings, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Investigators say the killing spree began at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth in Cherokee County around 5pm. Three women and one man were shot dead at that location. An hour later, police in Atlanta found three women shot dead at Gold Spa. Another woman had been killed across the street at Aromatherapy Spa. Long was taken into custody around 8:30pm.
  • The victims. Police say six victims were of Asian descent and two, including the only man, were white, the New York Times reports. A Hispanic man was injured. The South Korean consulate in Atlanta says four of the victims were ethnic Koreans. The victims of the first shooting were identified Wednesday as Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Yan, 49; and Daoyou Feng, 44.
  • Long’s family helped investigators. CNN reports that Long’s family contacted police after authorities shared a photo of a suspect from the scene of the first shooting. His relatives “are very distraught, and they were very helpful in this apprehension,” Reynolds says.
  • Mayor: “It has to stop.” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the shootings were a tragedy whether investigators determine it to be a hate crime or not. “Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian,” she said. “We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.” Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen said the shootings appeared to be at the “intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny, and xenophobia.”
  • “People in the Asian American community are scared.” Georgia state Sen. Michelle Au says that while she won’t jump to conclusions about the motive for Tuesday’s killing spree, “people in the Asian American community are scared” amid increasing violence and discrimination, the Washington Post reports. “It is taking place in a landscape where Asian Americans are increasingly terrified and fearful for their lives and their safety because of these escalating threats against our people,” she said.
  • Celebrities speak out. USA Today rounds up some of the reactions from celebrities. George Takei called the killings a “hate crime” and said Republican leaders should “stop fanning violence with anti-Asian rhetoric.” Daniel Dae Kim tweeted: “The race of the person committing the crime matters less than the simple fact that if you act with hate in your heart, you are part of the problem.”
  • Obama calls for new gun laws. “Even as we’ve battled the pandemic, we’ve continued to neglect the longer-lasting epidemic of gun violence in America,” the former president tweeted Wednesday. “Yesterday’s shootings are another tragic reminder that we have far more work to do to put in place commonsense gun safety laws and root out the pervasive patterns of hatred and violence in our society.”
  • Deadliest in years. The attack marks the sixth mass killing of 2021 in the US and is the deadliest since 9 people were killed in Dayton, Ohio, in August 2019, according to a database compiled by the AP, USA Today and Northeastern University.

Sex addiction?

Sounds like a page out of Tiger Woods playbook.

This dickwad is trying to find an excuse for his actions….or trying to set up a “diminshed capacity” defense.

(Sorry to be flippant here)  Like Son of Sam who took his prompts from his dog…this d/bag apparently wants us to believe that he took his prompts from is wanker.

Screw him!

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Charleston Five Years On

It has been 5 long years since the massacre in Charleston and the cowards in the Senate are still dragging their feet…..

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under fire Wednesday—the five-year anniversary of the Charleston, South Carolina church massacre—for his refusal to act on legislation, sitting on his desk for over a year, that would close the loophole that allowed a white supremacist to obtain the gun used to shoot nine black congregants at the historical place of worship.

Due to a clerical error, the gunman’s background check to buy the weapon took longer than three days, which meant the seller was able to sell him the gun. Had a background check been completed, the gunman’s criminal record would have shown he was unable to purchase the weapon. Legislation to close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” extending the wait time to 10 days, passed the Democrat-controlled House in February 2019.

But, as the Charleston Post and Courier noted Tuesday, the measure “has languished in the Republican-controlled Senate.” 

“It’s been 5 years since the shooting at Emanuel AME Church and well over a year since the House passed my bill to help close the #CharlestonLoophole that allowed the gunman to obtain his weapon,” tweeted House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/17/5-years-after-racist-charleston-massacre-mcconnell-ripped-unconscionable-refusal

This is what always happens when bills enter the process….political cowards and lobbyists prevent good bills from seeing the light of day…..and McConnell’s Senate is the worse.

There are some common sense laws that could lessen the deaths….I said lessen not eliminate for that is a whole another post in itself…..

Nearly 40,000 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2018, but curbing these numbers has been a statistically tricky—and politically fraught—problem. Now, a study that tracked individual gun laws over time suggests states can reduce gun deaths significantly by doing three things: limiting children’s access to guns, restricting concealed-carry permits, and restricting “stand your ground” policies.

The study isn’t without its flaws, but the basic findings make sense to Elinore Kaufman, a surgeon and public health policy analyst at the University of Pennsylvania. “Stand your ground laws encourage individuals to try to solve problems with bullets,” she says, as do right-to-carry laws. But laws that limit access to guns for children, she says, could help prevent firearm suicides by making it harder for everyone—not just children—to access guns in the first place.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/three-types-laws-could-reduce-gun-deaths-more-10

Like I have said there are NO easy answers…..but something needs to be done for the violence and the deaths are getting way past acceptable.

I guess baby steps is better than no steps….

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Closing Thought–14Apr20

We have heard all the reports of the deaths, shortages and lack of responses……and most schools are out and probably for the rest of the school year.

There is one sad stat that has come out of the virus…..no one is dying in schools from mass shootings…..

The nationwide lockdown to stem the rise of the coronavirus has had one silver lining—March 2020 was the first March since 2002 without a school shooting. 

“Depressing on mulitple levels,” said New York Times reporter Annie Karni.

Washington Post reporter Robert Klemko made the observation Monday morning on Twitter.

“Heartbreaking statistic,” tweeted the Wall Street Journal‘s Robbie

Whelan in reply.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/heartbreaking-statistic-thanks-pandemic-last-month-was-first-march-2002-without-us

A classic good news/bad news.

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