Home building is fools gold - as the short term benefits of jobs and sales taxes are ultimately overcome by the costs of maintaining roads/infrastructure and building/staffing fire stations and police substations.
"If she sensed a racial motive, she had the power to command Pantaleo to cease, so is she a racist for allowing the level of force used to continue?"
First of all, regardless of race, she should have stopped everything as soon as the officer started using the illegal choke hold. Her failure to do so is at the very least a sign of her incompetence. Perhaps her incompetence also extends to a failure to recognize the situation as racist as well as lethal.
On the other hand, she may indeed be a racist. Or she may be afraid of losing her job. Or all of the above. Her actions, or rather the lack thereof, do not prove that Garner's death was not an act of racism.
Why would I pay $22 to see someone that doesn't even have a torrent of their music online? I can't find anywhere to listen to his music to see if I would WANT to go...
Once again, Jason shows himself as an ass.
Thanks Benjamin Brubaker for your Wikipedia-founded rhetoric. That was useless.
“Mike Brown had commited a theft, assaulted Wilson, attempted to escape, then charged Wilson again after repeated warnings and multiple wounds."
These are the circumstances/facts of the matter, and no matter how you wish they were different or could be explained, they will not change, and led to no indictment being handed down by the GJ.
"Shortly after the shooting the police chief told the press that the officer had not heard of the theft before the incident. By the time the grand jury convened the officer testified that he had heard of the theft and had heard a detailed description of the suspect. No one has explained the discrepancy"
There is no discrepancy: the police chief didn't know Wilson HAD in fact heard of the robbery until Wilson was able to give a more detailed accounting of events and timeline. You say yourself that the PC made his comments "shortly" after the incident; too quickly, in hindsight, and he probably should have relied upon "no comment" instead, but there is no controversy here.
As for Witness #40; as he didn't pull the trigger, his racial mind-set is inconsequential, and unreliable testimony of other witnesses was a compelling reason why this case never went to trial.
So, we should automatically assume Wilson is lying about Brown's charging him because? He was correct about Brown assaulting him, correct about shooting him in the vehicle, correct about his (Brown's) attempt to escape and correct about only shooting him while facing forward, not in the back. So he made this detail up?
Mr. K, you have failed to provide additional insight into the circumstances of this incident, and still can't prove this was racially motivated, but by all means, keep at it, as I'm sure you'll become privy to currently unforeseen evidence in due time...
You might look deeper into David Felices employment with Colorado Springs P.D., many of Felices actions are outlined in a letter, written by cd employees the city government regarding numerous, unethical actions taken by Felice. It's my understanding this letter was read into record at a city council meeting. I found a copy of the many year, but when I tried to find the letter at a later date, it had been removed. Felice was largely responsible for a lawsuit that cost the city millions of dollars, somewhere in the area of twenty million. He brought this same behavior to Durango PD. Maybe there are unethical reasons for his departure, maybe there's a reason another employee left the Dept. Within 2 weeks of Felices departure.
"While researchers have found that moderate alcohol consumption in older adults is associated with better cognition and well-being than abstinence, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with widespread and significant brain lesions. The effects can manifest much later—mid-life Alcohol Use Disorder has been found to correlate with increased risk of severe cognitive and memory deficits in later life. Alcohol related brain damage is not only due to the direct toxic effects of alcohol; alcohol withdrawal, nutritional deficiency, electrolyte disturbances, and liver damage are also believed to contribute to alcohol-related brain damage. The long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption on brain chemistry is an important cause of chronic fatigue."
"Long term exposure to cannabis poses a risk of irreversible cognitive impairment in children and pre-pubescent adolescents; other than for the very highest of doses, no similar risk has been established for adults. Negative changes in attention, psychomotor task ability, and short-term memory are associated with very recent (12 to 24 hours) marijuana use. Any long-term central nervous system effects of the residual drug are indistinguishable from variations in the user's susceptibility, or any pre-existing psychiatric disorder."
“Mike Brown had commited a theft, assaulted Wilson, attempted to escape, then charged Wilson again after repeated warnings and multiple wounds. His death wasn't due to pigmentation; it was from repeated denials to comply with what a uniformed, official member of law-enforcement commanded.”
Shortly after the shooting the police chief told the press that the officer had not heard of the theft before the incident. By the time the grand jury convened the officer testified that he had heard of the theft and had heard a detailed description of the suspect. No one has explained the discrepancy.
The one and only witness to testify to seeing Brown charge at the officer, is identified in documents as Witness #40. This one statement of his was first leaked to the public before the grand jury was convened, and has been broadcast continually since then. Unfortunately, his story in its entirety proved to be too inconsistent to be credible. Witness #40 also admitted to federal investigators that he was in the habit of referring to Blacks as “f***-ing n****rs”.
If this guy can't stand the heat in Colorado Springs, he's going to be eaten alive in Denver.
And, Mr. K, you-and Ms. White--seem to have read a racial component into the Pantaleo/Garner case that simply doesn't exist.
Again, if a black supervisor could order white officers to alter their methods of subduing a black suspect, but didn't, how can the incident be classified as racist?
If she sensed a racial motive, she had the power to command Pantaleo to cease, so is she a racist for allowing the level of force used to continue?
Radio guy, you seem to have read much into my single sentence that is not there. I agree with Dave's and Odin's analyses. I am trying to add another argument against the idea of shooting to wound.
I never said "killing someone shields a cop from being sued." I said that purposely shooting to wound a suspect leaves a cop open to being sued. What's worse is that even if the suspect is ultimately found guilty of the crime for which he was being arrested, he still has legal standing to sue the cop, and possibly the entire department, for damages and suffering from the wound.
AS always, Taxi Driver insights are thorough and often gut-wrenching as well as excellent, phrase-driven images that capture ones imagination and/or heart. Always look forward to what will be discovered by this columnist next week!
Dave H and Odin are very much correct.
The assertion of Mr. K-- that killing someone shields a cop from being sued is incredibly uninformed.
Good luck Mr. Elder! As you settle in I hope that your leadership will include qualified women. I am not sure that Maketa's girlfriends are actually qualified for their jobs.
Mr. K, your intentional obfuscation is pathetic, and an utter failure.
These officers actions were overseen by a black supervisor (not sure why her rank is but "meager" to you), and she didn't verbally and/or phyically intervene to alter them, meaning she obviously found them appropriate and justified for the situation, so how can this incident be racially motivated?
If she thought white LEOs were acting excessively against a black criminal, she could have ordered them to cease; that she didn't indicates there was no racial bias or component involved.
Swing and a miss!
Oops guess I made a mistake. Found the author.
Is it odd that the author of this story negated to take credit for it?
More McJobs - just what this city needs.
I'd like to see someone young on the council. Someone with new ideas and the willingness to challenge the status quo.
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