This is what I keep hearing, listening now to the announcement, and it sounds like there will be none. Prosecutor McCullough is laying out the timeline, and the evidence, which is important, no matter what the decision of the grand jury. Prosecutor McCullough talking about grounds for self-defense, and there will be no indictment. Physical evidence and testimonies do NOT support the case for indictment.
Prosecutor McCullough is now laying out the findings, I hope everyone will LISTEN before reacting, It is so important to know the evidence, and not react emotionally.
Bearing Arms asks the obvious questions
It has happened again, this time in Cleveland: a tween playing with an airsoft gun in a park becomes the subject of a craven citizen’s 911 call to police. Officers arrived, and when the 12-year-old failed to respond to police commands precisely as they wanted, as fast as they wanted, he was shot and killed.
A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday, one day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving what the caller described as a “probably fake” gun at a playground.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats, but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Deputy Chief Tomba said.
“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.
The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice.
There are a number of things worth talking about with this tragic shooting. Let’s first list them, then unpack them.
- Why did the 911 caller, who said twice on the recorded call that he thought the gun was fake, feel compelled to call 911 for a toy gun? Doesn’t this amount to SWATting a child?
As Bob Owens notes, there were many factors, but I am stuck on why anyone would call police if he thought the gun was a fake? Has the anti-gun fanaticism gone this far?
An older white man (by his voice) called 911 to report that Rice was pointing a “probably fake” gun while playing with friends, and was “scaring the sh*t out of people.”
His definition of “people” probably meant just himself, as no one else made a similar 911 call.
What kind of person calls the police for a toy gun that he even believes to be a toy gun, merely because toy guns make him uncomfortable?
This may not have been an intentional SWATting call where the caller was hoping to get the young man hurt or killed. It was clearly an incident where a person who doesn’t like even toy guns felt compelled to call police on an emergency line to report a child playing with a toy.
The results are the same. Tamir Rice was effectively SWATted to death by a man we can reasonably suspect is a supporter of gun control.
Dear God what a waste. How hyper sensitive are we becoming?
Ed and I are less than 1,000 hits away from the five million milestone. YEAH BABY! I bet my blogging role model would be proud
Way to go Doug and Ed
The President noted that he has issued fewer executive orders than previous presidents
President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he “bent over backwards” to give Congress leeway to pass immigration reform.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said he has issued fewer executive actions than most former presidents “by a long shot.”
“If you ask historians, take a look at the track records of the modern presidency, I’ve actually been very restrained. And I’ve been very restrained with respect to immigration. I bent over backwards and will continue to do everything I can to get Congress to work,” Obama said.
Yeah, about that Mr. President. We are not talking quantity here, although I wish executive orders were used very, very rarely. We are talking about using them to bypass Congress, and our Constitution. We are upset over the damage they have done, and your disdain for our
Democracy Constitutional Republic. We are concerned that you have now taken action that you, yourself said you could not take.
A few notes of interest. Jim Hoft says that a leak reveals that there will be no indictment.
From a source inside the Prosecutor’s Office – NO INDICTMENT in the Michael Brown case.
Heard from a SEPARATE NEWS SOURCE same news – No Indictment.
If this is true, what then? How will the protests go? Will the evidence be presented in the press conference announcing the decision? Or is this “leak” inaccurate? No doubt that those who have been exploiting this since the actual shooting will seek out every avenue to continue that exploitation. I only pray and hope for peace and calm. I pray that law enforcement is allowed to deal with the miscreants who would harm innocents or private property. I pray that the people in Ferguson will listen to all the evidence if there is no indictment. I also pray they will tune out the voices of exploitation. More updates later
I have not done one of these in a while, so, forgive my business.
Pirates Cove has his fantastic Sorta Blogless Sunday Pin Up Post up and a poll that shows 95% of Americans are not obsessed with
global warming climate change climate disruption or whatever Al Gore is calling it this week
Proof Positive has his Best of the Web, and that is always a must read and highlights the gallantry of a Medal of Honor recipient
The Last Tradition has great moments in Liberal Tolerance
Bearing Arms looks at yet another shooting in a “gun-free zone”
The Lonely Conservative notes those Fast and Furious documents look pretty bad for old Eric Holder