What you talkin’ ‘bout Minneapolis!

According to David Aaro of Fox News, “Officials in Minneapolis are considering bringing in police from other jurisdictions as the city faces a shortage of officers and a wave of violent crime, according to a report on Monday.”

Bringing police in from other jurisdictions?

Minneapolis?

That’s like CNN or MSNBC inviting FOX news reporters over to help them out! 

“Officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police would form Joint Enforcement Teams and primarily respond to violent 911 calls, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.”

Wait, what?

What happened to the social workers and counsellors who were going to respond instead of the big, bad, racist and brutal police?

And how are “violent calls” determined?

And what about 911 situations that have the potential to be violent or calls that turn violent? 

Maybe they should hire clairvoyants as 911 operators!  That way they could figure all of this out ahead of time!

“If the initial proposal is approved by the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey this week, the teams would form on Sunday and run through the end of the year.”

Personally, I think these Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is crazy for even wanting to get involved with this bunch of whackos…, but that’s just me.

These apples don’t fall too far the tree I guess. 

Are we talking about the same city council and the same mayor here?  

‘“We’re not gonna be having these people out taking bicycle theft reports. These are going to be people out combating crime issues,’ said John Elder, a spokesman for Minneapolis police.”

Did I miss something?

Isn’t stealing someone’s bike a crime anymore?

And didn’t they have a problem with the police “combating crime?” 

Isn’t “combating crime” code words for terrorizing law-abiding black folk?

Just sayin’.

“The proposal comes as an unusually large number of officers in Minneapolis have left the force following the death of George Floyd in the city on May 25, according to the paper.”

Huh…, that’s odd.

You mean to tell me these police officers didn’t appreciate a total lack of political support, and being outright publicly demeaned on a daily basis?

What the heck do they think they make those exorbitant salaries for?   

“After his [Floyd’s] death, the left-leaning [That’s an understatement!] City Council members pushed to disband the Minneapolis police department, as activists in other cities aimed to defund the police.”

So, just to make this clear…, the Minneapolis City Council didn’t just want to defund the police, they wanted to DISBAND the entire department.

Again…, they wanted to get rid of the entire police force!

I’m sorry, but again…, the elected leadership of a major U.S. city wants to operate without a police force, and they think this is a viable option?

Unbelievable.  

And these people were actually elected by the citizens of Minneapolis?

I guess you get what you deserve.

There must be an awful lot of stupid people in Minneapolis.

Just sayin’.

Anyway, according to the France24.com website, in an article from August 6, 2020, “The council of the US city of Minneapolis voted late Sunday to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.”

‘“We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,’ Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.”

Well, that apparently doesn’t seem to be the case now does it, Ms. Bender?

The police go out of their way to help you out by “dismantling” themselves, and all you want to do now is bring more police in. 

What’s up with that?  

And what does this “new model” look like?  It sure would be nice if you could share this new amazing master plan with us all!

“The vote by a majority of councilors came a day after [Mayor] Frey was booed at and asked to leave a ‘Defund the Police’ rally. He later told AFP [a French news agency] he supported ‘massive structural reform to revise this structurally racist system’ but not ‘abolishing the entire police department.’”

“A massive structural reform?”

I don’t believe you have any idea what that would really look like, Mayor. 

David Aaro of Fox News continues by saying, “The unrest, in addition to the departures, has strained the department’s resources, and some officers have filed PTSD claims, according to the Star Tribune.”

“The city has also seen a wave of violent crime, with 74 homicides recorded this year.”

So, you mean to tell me the criminals are taking advantage of you and your policies of peace and love?

The nerve of these uncooperative criminals!

Who’da thunk it?  

Heather Yourex-West of Global News asks, “What happened to plans to disband the Minneapolis police department?”

Good question, Heather!

“After George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked a worldwide reckoning on police brutality and racial injustice, the city vowed to dismantle its police department. It hasn’t happened yet, and as Heather Yourex-West explains, it likely won’t ever happen.”

Aww, c’mon!

That’s not fair!

We’re all dying to watch Minneapolis completely fall apart! 

“The international conversations surrounding police reform started after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25.”

“Two weeks later, on a Sunday in June, nine Minneapolis city council members made a pledge that echoed around the world.”

‘“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department and end policing as we know it,’ Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.”

“The council members vowed on that day to end the Minneapolis Police Department, but six months later, that has not happened — and there’s a good chance it never will.”

“Disbanding the city’s police department requires a change to the Minneapolis city charter and would need to be voted on by residents. The earliest that could happen is next year.”

Well, if the residents were dumb enough to elect these idiots, changing the city charter probably won’t be far behind.

“In the meantime, the Minneapolis police department has already undergone a profound change since the spring — nearly 20 per cent of its officers have left the force.”

‘“Our police department has seen not only an unprecedented number of retirements but also a lot of medical leave and disability kinds of leave, and that has left us tremendously short-staffed,’ said Council member Linea Palmisano.”

Good for them.

And I thought you wanted the police to be “short-staffed,” Ms. Palmisano?

As a matter of fact, you didn’t want any police at all…, so what’s the problem with being “short-staffed?” 

“As a result, response times have increased and violent crime is on the rise.”

And this surprises you?

‘“If you say, “okay there’s a bunch of violence,” but there’s nobody there to reach out to these people who are hurting or in pain because they’re sick and tired of injustice, sick and tired or inequality, that’s what we bring — we bring hope.’”

Your “hope” and a buck will get you a cup of coffee when your life is being threatened or your house is being robbed, Ms. Palmisano.

Good luck with that, Ms. Palmisano.

Well, not really.

I think we need to use Minneapolis as an example of what not to do.

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ANTIFA and BLM are sooo brave!

Yes, my friends, these two domestic terrorist groups, and anyone else who hides their ugly behavior behind their “right to protest” and “social injustice,” seem to display their true colors on a daily basis…, and their true color is yellow!

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For the sake of this article, I’ll just refer to these lowlifes as “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists.”

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If you’ve been following the news, you can see a definite pattern to the attacks by these “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists.”

What you’ll notice is they typically never attack anyone who could pose them any threat at all.

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They either attack inanimate objects, like buildings, stores, businesses and statues, or they attack old men, old women, young girls, boys, or anyone when they outnumber the person by at least five to one.

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Like I said, these “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists” are sooo brave.

Below are some actual recent headlines from the news that demonstrate what I’m talking about:

“GRAPHIC VIDEO: 71-year-old man reportedly suffers broken jaw, blow to head as he defends Kenosha business.”

“Girlfriend of Portland man attacked: ‘They were trying to fight people.’”

“Woman Attacked at Philadelphia Church During Live-Streamed Mass.”

“92-year-old woman randomly attacked in Gramercy Park, Manhattan.”

“Elderly woman attacked, set on fire in Brooklyn.”

“Retired NYPD sergeant attacked in Garment District beatdown caught on video.”

“Chicago violence: Chilling video shows woman, 85, slammed during robbery.”

“Man attacked by group of 5 people near State Street, left with facial fractures, police say.”

“Aggressive mob of white BLM protesters threaten and film white diners at DC restaurants and DEMAND they raise their fist and show solidarity with them…. or else.”

“Oakland rioters torch courthouse, smash windows as unrest continues.”

“Crowds tear down statues outside Wisconsin State Capitol, attack state senator.”

“Minneapolis stores looted as mayhem erupts after gunman’s suicide.”

See what I mean?

How long do you think this type of behavior will be allowed to go on, unchecked, as the police choose to sit on their hands, and the city prosecutor’s office is just a revolving door for these criminals when they do happen to be apprehended?

I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

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Oh, here’s another headline I wanted to share:

“Kenosha: teen charged with murder after two Black Lives Matter protesters killed.”

And so it begins.

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Before this chaos across our country is resolved, you’ll be seeing some good people doing some bad things to bad people.

When a vacuum is created in our society regarding law and order, that vacuum will be filled, one way or the other.

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UNBELIEVABLE…, AGAIN!!!

Here…, again…, we see an individual committing a heinous crime, who should not have even be walking around free among us.

According to Gene Saladna, of WFTV.com Orlando and Sarah Wilson, of WFTV.com Orlando, “He’s pure evil: Man with 230 prior felony charges, 2 others arrested on charges related to killing of 3 friends prior to fishing trip in Polk County.”

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230 prior felony charges!!!

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And how many other charges did he have that didn’t rise to the level of being felonies?

It’s actually beyond comprehension.

“POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Three people have been arrested on charges related to the killing of three friends who met up for a fishing trip in Polk County last week, Sheriff Grady Judd announced Wednesday.”

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“Judd said Tony ‘TJ’ Wiggins, 26, and his girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and Tony’s brother, William ‘Robert’ Wiggins, 21, were all arrested this week on charges related to the deaths of 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 30-year-old Keven Springfield and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins.”

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“Tony, who Judd said has 230 felony criminal charges in his arrest history dating back to age 12, is charged with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.”

‘“He’s a thug. He’s a criminal. He’s pure evil in the flesh,’ Judd said. ‘He’s wild and he’s out of control.’”

And he was allowed to be out here in society to prey on some other, poor, unsuspecting, individuals.

That is the real crime here.

“Judd said Tony has 15 felony convictions on his record and has served two sentences in state prison.”

“Deputies said Robert [Tony’s brother] is charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact of capital felony, and Whittemore Tony’s girlfriend] is charged with accessory after the fact of capital felony.”

“Judd detailed the timeline of what happened on Friday night that led to the massacre near a lake in rural Frostproof. He said Tillman stopped at a Dollar General on his way to meet his friends, where security camera footage captured him have a brief conversation with Tony.”

“Judd said Tillman mentioned to the cashier that he was meeting his friend Kevin to go fishing. Ten minutes later, Judd said Tillman and his two friends were all shot and dying.”

“Judd said Tony, Robert and Whittemore all lived off the grid in a rural area near Frostproof and Lake Wales.”

“Judd previously described the scene of the attack as ‘about as far out in the woods as you can get.’ In 2018, the city of Frostproof recorded only 3,273 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

“It has shaken Frostproof to its very core,” Judd said.

‘“We’ve got to bring these people to justice,’ Judd said.”

It seems he has been “brought to justice” many times before.  How did that work out for everybody?

I heard he is being held without bail.

Well, thank you very much.

So, 230 felonies were enough to realize he shouldn’t be running around amongst other law-abiding citizens, huh?

You apparently can’t get anything past these people!

When are these prosecutors and judges going to start being held accountable for their actions?

If you [the judges and prosecutors] don’t want to do your jobs protecting citizens, just let us know and we’ll go back to the wild west days and start dispensing our own “justice.”

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For related reading, please check out my blog from May 21, 2020:

“We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore!!!”

https://mrericksonrules.com/2020/05/21/were-as-mad-as-hell-and-were-not-going-to-take-this-anymore/

 

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Yes, Black lives matter, but apparently, to these thugs, White lives don’t.

According to David Aaro of Fox News, “Authorities are looking for multiple suspects captured on video punching and kicking a man outside a gas station convenience store in Texas on Sunday, in what was described as a ‘brutal attack,’ police said.”

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“Graphic video shows a customer carrying grocery bags out of the Harris County establishment around 7 p.m., when a group of at least five men [men?] attacked, knocked him to the ground, and continued to strike him before fleeing the scene, according to authorities.”

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These brave, Black Lives Matters, individuals sure reflect proudly on their race and their cause, don’t they?

“The unidentified victim, 24, informed deputies that he was waiting to buy grocery items at the convenience store when a group of up to six young men tried to cut in line, according to Houston’s KTRK-TV.”

This is what is referred to now as “Black privilege.”

‘“I looked over and said, ‘There’s a line for a reason,’ the victim said. He told police the group mocked his hair and clothes before attacking him when he exited the store.”

‘“I don’t know what else I could do,’ he told KTRK-TV. ‘The fifth one at the end came out of the store after purchasing goods, and came up to me and kicked me in the face and said, ‘Black Lives Matter, [expletive].’”

“Black Lives Matter, [expletive]?”

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‘“I really hope they’re caught before someone else gets hurt,’ the victim’s girlfriend told the station. ‘I hope that the people take this and don’t say, “It’s white against black.” I don’t want this to be the statement. I want it to be, here’s a man who was checking out and stood up for himself and he was targeted for that.’”

I’m sorry, sweetheart, but what you want doesn’t change what it was.

What we had here was four, five or six, racist, Black, punk, individuals, who perpetrated a “hate crime” against another person.

The perpetrators obviously wouldn’t have declared, “Black Lives matter, [expletive],” to another Black person.

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I get that African Americans are upset about police brutality [most Americans are as well, in general] and a level of “white privilege,” but that does not give some Blacks the excuse to run around attacking innocent and unrelated white people under the guise of “Black Lives Matter.”

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What ever happened to “three strikes and ‘yer’ out!”

Somewhere along the line, that concept has apparently been expanded a bit…, to 100, and still counting!

Over 100!

Are you kidding me?!

How is a person who has been “arrested over 100 times” still seeing the light of day…, much less walking around free as a bird and harming other people?

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And this guy looks way too young to have already been arrested over 100 times.

I wonder what the record for times being arrested is?

I’m almost, no, I am, afraid to ask.

I would think this guy has a real shot at it before he’s through though…, whatever it is.

According to Reuven Fenton, Larry Celona and Craig McCarthy for The New York Post, “A career criminal with more than 100 arrests to his name was busted for cruelly shoving a 92-year-old woman into a Manhattan fire hydrant — leaving his victim too scared to walk alone in her own neighborhood.”

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“The injured elder, a Bronx native named Geraldine, spoke to The Post on Tuesday after cops arrested convicted sex offender Rashid Brimmage, 31, and charged him with attacking her.”

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‘“I thought a brick hit me or something hit me on the left side of my head, and I went right down and hit my head against the hydrant,’ Geraldine, who asked that her last name be withheld for safety reasons, said of the attack. ‘Blood was coming out, not spurting blood, but blood was dripping.’”

“Geraldine, who has lived in Manhattan for more than 50 years, was on her way to Duane Reade [a chain of pharmacy and convenience stores in New York City, owned by Walgreens] when Brimmage allegedly shoved her to the ground near Third Avenue and East 16th Street in Gramercy Park at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday.”

“She slammed against the fire hydrant and lay on the ground until a passerby called 911 and medics rushed her to nearby Beth Israel Hospital.”

“The former teacher, who never married but is dating an 89-year-old lawyer, said her physical wounds were relatively minor and have since healed — but the mental toll has been much more severe.”

‘“Mostly I’m shaken. My head still hurts where it was bleeding, where I hit the hydrant — or where he hit me, I don’t know,’ she said.”

‘“Mainly it’s psychological — just the fear of going out on the street,’ she added.”

‘“This damned guy put me in a state where I’m fearful to walk the streets alone. So, my super’s trying to find somebody who will walk me to a park nearby or to the supermarket, that kind of thing. So that’s the problem.’”

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“Brimmage was busted by cops Tuesday and charged with assault after investigators recognized him from video footage of the attack, authorities said.”

Oh, so, he was arrested…, again.

Why does this not make me feel much better?

“The frequent offender has now been arrested 103 times since 2005, sources said.”

“The creep was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012, then arrested for two sex offenses in 2014, police sources said.”

“Creep?”

You better watch it, calling this guy a “creep.”

Soon you’ll have every liberal in New York taking offense at that language, and lecturing us all about what a fine, upstanding, young man this punk is.

“In May of that year, he was busted for exposing and fondling himself on an East Harlem street, the sources said.”

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“In 2017, he failed to notify authorities that he changed his address and had to register as a sex offender, state records show.”

“At the time of Friday’s attack, Brimmage had three open criminal cases in the city, according to court records.”

“Three open criminal cases,” huh?

I guess they don’t start holding you in custody until you’ve been arrested over 150 times in New York City!

I can’t believe I was actually considering visiting New York at one point in my life.

I would never step foot in The People’s Republic of New York City now or in the future.

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What a disgraceful excuse for an American city New York has become.  I’m actually ashamed to have to claim it as part of the country I live in.

“He was arrested Feb. 17 for a misdemeanor assault and harassment charge for an incident that happened in The Bronx a week earlier, according to records. He was released without bail in the case.”

No, of course, they don’t want to hinder his attempt at the record!

“He was busted in the borough again March 5 and slapped with trespassing summons, according to court records.”

“And most recently, he was arrested March 9 in Manhattan and hit with criminal possession of a controlled substance, assault and attempted assault charges.”

And please consider that these 100+ arrests are only the times this guy was caught!

How many thousands of times has this poor excuse for a human being broken the law and didn’t get arrested?

It’s just mind-boggling.

It is my belief that the City of New York should be held criminally and financially responsible for anything these habitual criminals are allowed to perpetrate on the unsuspecting, law-abiding, citizens in the city.

New York City has passed the “reasonable” threshold, in this case, a long, long time ago.

Habitual criminals, like this scumbag, should not be allowed to continually prey on the civilized people who are forced to share the city with him.

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“We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore!!!”

Jeff DeGraff, Ph. D. for Psychology Today writes, ‘“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore’ declared the longtime news anchor Howard Beale in the 1975 film classic ‘Network.’  In the picture [movie], people everywhere toss open their windows and repeat the catchphrase with a barbaric yell.  Sadly, Howard Beale, symbolic spokesman for the hoi polloi [the common people], comes to realize that the system co-opts both social and economic power to its own advantage. The movie is a parable about how all of our screaming really changes very little and in the act we often lose our voice.”

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Fast forward to the year 2020.

According to Danielle Wallace of Fox News. “Texas police union voices outrage after recently released career criminal fatally stabs grandma, 80, in broad daylight.”

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“A Texas career criminal who was recently released from jail despite being arrested nearly 70 times is accused of fatally stabbing an 80-year-old woman out shopping Saturday, police said.”

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“The suspect, 38-year-old Randy Roszell Lewis, was shot and killed by a responding officer who was flagged down by witnesses at the scene. Police said the man was armed with the 6-inch blade.”

Thank God.

Thank God they killed this guy!

Thank God they killed this guy, or he probably would have been released again and killed someone else’s mother or grandmother!

What the hell is going on in this country?!

“The incident sparked outrage from the Houston Police Officers’ Union, which blamed the ‘total failure’ of criminal justice reform for his release weeks earlier — without paying bail.”

Being “outraged” is all well and good, and certainly justified…, but when are we going to move past being outraged and start demanding that people be held accountable for these all too often tragedies we see more and more of these days?

“Lewis allegedly stabbed 80-year-old Rosalie Cook in the chest as she returned to her car after shopping inside a Walgreens in Houston. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.”

“Her son, Chuck Cook, said his mother was a ‘perfect’ grandma to six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.”

‘“Nobody should have to go through this, an 80-year-old woman, disabled, who had to walk with a cane,’ Cook said.”

That’s exactly right, Mr. Cook.  This horrendous crime was completely avoidable, if not for a broken justice system and incompetent judges.

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As American citizens, one of the most basic things we expect from our government is protection from individuals who refuse act in a civilized manner in our society.

We expect law enforcement to apprehend these offenders…, we expect the government to effectively prosecute these individuals, and we expect the judicial system to sentence those found guilty commensurate with their crime.

If for some reason the government fails at this, or balks at its responsibility, then we will start to see a breakdown in our society, and people will begin to take the law into their own hands…, and who could blame them?

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“Police said officers were already in the area after receiving calls around 10:15 a.m. about a man matching Lewis’ description demanding money from shoppers at knife point by a nearby grocery store.”

“Two years ago, Lewis was charged with assaulting a public servant — breaking the person’s nose — while being transferred to county jail, KHOU reported.”

“In all, he had been arrested 67 times and has faced dozens of charges throughout his life, including assault, theft, trespassing, the possession of marijuana and burglary of a vehicle, the Houston Police Officers’ Union said.”

He’s been arrested 67 times and has faced dozens of charges.

‘“Randy Lewis should never have been free. Now an innocent woman has been murdered. Everyone deserves better. This is absolutely shameful,’ the Houston Police Officers’ Union tweeted Monday, sharing his public record.”

Exactly.  “Randy Lewis should never have been free.”

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And it is “absolutely shameful” this poor woman was murdered.

But you know what’s more shameful?  The fact that no one is going to have to answer for her death beyond Randy Lewis.

Sure, Randy Lewis committed the murder…, but he had numerous accomplices in the justice system and government who will never face the music for their parts in this crime.

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‘“The defendant had a history of mental illness and he should have been kept off the streets. He recently absconded from the personal-care facility where the judge ordered he live instead of being held in jail,’ the Houston District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.”

“The judge had not issued a warrant for his arrest even when he had absconded, so police did not even know to look for him and unfortunately this tragedy occurred before he could be returned to court.”

‘“Where’s the outrage when our cops are putting their lives on the line arresting the same person time and again who’s got a violent history,’ Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told KHOU.”

True…, but at least the police know they’re putting their lives on the line in the line of duty.  These judges are putting the lives of the rest of us on the line by their irresponsible actions, and we have no reason to expect this kind of malpractice.

“He said the department would review body camera and security footage of the incident. He added the officer who shot Lewis was a nine-year veteran of the force.”

Yes…, they should review the footage to determine how big of a medal he should get!

This officer did everyone a favor by putting an end to this walking piece of garbage.

 

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California sounds like a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

On second thought, it doesn’t really sound like a place I’d care to visit anymore either!

Don’t get me wrong, I lived in northern California for close to a year, and I loved it…, but that was over 40 years ago.

Things there sure appear to have changed.

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Besides the earthquakes, forest fires, oppressive taxes, expensive gas, poop and homeless people laying around everywhere, an out of control drug problem, and over 5 million undocumented immigrants, we now see a steep rise in shoplifting, thefts, and criminal activity across state.

Just to put some of this into perspective, there are 26 states with smaller populations than California’s illegal immigrant population!

And California is nicknamed “the golden state?”

It sounds more like a living hell to me now…, unless you’re an illegal immigrant, a welfare warrior, a drug addict, a criminal, or an elite liberal who can afford to insulate themselves from the mess they’ve helped to create.

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Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News reports that, “In 2014, Prop[osition] 47 was passed to reduce certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to free up resources for cops and prosecutors to go after serious, violent offenders. Data shows that after Prop 47 passed, shoplifting and thefts increased.”

Gee…, who could have predicted that?  Apparently not any of the democrats out there in California.

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“Fox News spoke with San Francisco and Oakland shop owners about the recent rise in crime.”

“In a lighted garage on one of San Francisco’s busiest streets, a young man in baggy trousers and messy brown hair pulled down his pants. He had been hiding two pairs of stolen jeans with the tags still on them. He handed them to another man waiting nearby, took some money, pulled up his pants and headed back into another store on Market Street — home to the city’s high-end designers and big-chain retail shops.”

“These brazen acts of petty theft and shoplifting are a dangerous and all-too-common consequence of Proposition 47, a referendum passed five years ago that critics say effectively gives shoplifters and addicts the green light to commit crimes as long as the merchandise they steal or the drugs they take are less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below the arbitrary figure from felony to misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more ‘serious’ crimes, has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their complaints, say critics.”

“Over in the City by the Bay’s famous Tenderloin district, Cassie, a 21-year-old mother of two and a former heroin junkie, told Fox News that when times were tough, she too has stolen from stores.”

‘“If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it,’ she said. ‘They ain’t out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it.’”

“Proposition 47 is seen by critics as one of California’s biggest blunders. Supported by the state Democratic Party and championed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the referendum was passed by a wide margin in 2014. The idea behind it was to reduce certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to free up resources for cops and prosecutors to focus on violent offenders.”

“Since Proposition 47 was passed, there has been an increase in theft across the state. Cities like San Francisco have seen organized crime rings turn shoplifting into a well-organized racket involving desperate thieves and unscrupulous black-market re-sellers.”

“Among the nation’s 20 largest cities, San Francisco now has the highest rate of property crime, which includes theft, shoplifting and vandalism.”

Wow!  You would have to say that San Francisco is a liberal policy over-achiever!

You should be in line to win some kind of award from your fearless leader, and representative, Nancy Pelosi.

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“Del Seymour, founder of the non-profit Code Tenderloin, told Fox News that fencers – often from Mexico and Guatemala – set up shop in the middle of the day and night around the city’s United Nations Plaza area. He said he’s also noticed that the stealers and dealers have gotten bolder by the day. The retail heists taking place, he said, aren’t some small-time operation but instead a sophisticated network of international dealers who cross the border to buy stolen goods.”

“Seymour believes San Francisco is stuck in a cycle and, until it’s able to pull itself out, the problem will continue. Drug addicts, who are often homeless, need money for a fix so they walk into a store, steal merchandise, sell it for half the value and use the money they made to buy more drugs. Seymour added that the mayor and elected city officials have been spending too much time and money trying to coddle addicts and have done nothing to eliminate San Francisco’s drug problem.”

“The problem isn’t just San Francisco-based. Across the state, retailers say they have been hit hard by shoplifters since Prop 47 went into effect.”

“In San Diego County, 7-Eleven franchise owner Jassi Dhillon told NBC 7 that he has to deal with shoplifters at all six of his store locations.

‘“It’s happening every day, hour by hour,’ he said.”

“Dhillon said shoplifting isn’t a priority to law enforcement and said when cops do show up, the shoplifter has left the store or isn’t concerned about the citation they are issued.”

‘“It’s becoming a lifestyle for us now because we can’t do anything much except take the loss,’ he said.”

“Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, said shoplifting is not only hurting retailers but is also ‘becoming a public safety issue for consumers.’”

“She said black-market dealers frequently cross state lines because they know California will go easy on them if caught.”

‘“They know what they’re doing. They will bring in calculators and get all the way up to the $950 limit,’ Michelin told Fox News, adding that ‘one person will go into a store, fill up their backpack, come out, dump it out and go right back in and do it all over again.’”

“Michelin said she’s seen footage from member retailers that she described as ‘completely insane.’”

‘“They will go into a grocery store, steal alcohol and walk out the front door with it. They know no one is going to prosecute them.’ — Rachel Michelin, president of California Retailers Association.”

‘“They will go into a grocery store, steal alcohol and walk out the front door with it,’ she said. ‘They know no one is going to prosecute them. The district attorneys aren’t.’”

“She added that there are even more sinister acts afoot. Many out-of-state crime rings use children to do their dirty work because they know they’re low on the totem pole of prosecutions.”

‘“There are folks that are using and exploiting children,’ she said. ‘But I also think that teenagers know that there are no consequences anymore. It’s part of a game. If you get caught, all you have to do is get out of the store.’”

‘“Law enforcement [officials] are trying to protect the streets and then they might do a sting and arrest a bunch of people but then the district attorney will drop it or downgrade the charges,’ she said.”

“It’s a frustrating dynamic for sure, but until the state finds a fix, retailers have been reaching into their own pockets to hire private security guards but even then there are no guarantees that the stealing will stop. In fact, all that private guards can do is observe and report thefts.”

“Frustrated business owners say they feel their needs are being ignored by elected officials.”

“Fox News asked Democratic Mayor London Breed’s office six separate times for an interview or to comment on this story. Her office did not respond to a single request about the growing crisis. Fox News also reached out to the district attorney’s office multiple times but did not get a response.”

Ha!  No kidding!

How dare anyone try and hold these democrats accountable for their actions?!

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They don’t feel obligated to explain themselves to me, you, or anyone else.

We are all below their level of social understanding and “enlightedness.”

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‘“Big and small businesses are hit hard financially by these thefts, which often endanger employees and discourage law-abiding customers. SFPD is collaborating closely with local businesses and our partner agencies to deter and investigate these crimes to make our city even safer and enable businesses to prosper,’ San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in the press release forwarded to Fox News.”

Okay, Chief.  You just keep on collaborating there while you keep on kissing the backsides of all of the “all talk and no do (at least no doing of anything positive or effective) politicians there.

As with most liberal policies, law abiding, productive citizens, receive little or no consideration.

They are just left to pay the bills and contend with the fallout of all of these great liberal ideas!

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Why are so many cities, led by liberal democrats, such “hot messes?”

Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Minneapolis, just to name a few.

So what do all of these crime-ridden cities have in common?

They all have inept democrat “leadership…,” if you can call it leadership.

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And along with that inept democrat “leadership” comes inept democrat policies, and a total disregard for any kind of fiscal responsibility, and a disregard for any kind of responsibility for that matter.

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What we have here is basically idiots leading the ignorant.

This problem is created when the majority of these cities’ populations are made-up of dependent people looking for hand-outs, mostly unskilled workers, and the poorly educated.

As a result, unqualified democrat candidates are elected who have no idea how to solve any of the cities’ problems, nor do they even want to.

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These are the types of candidates this demographic consistently leans towards and supports.

These “leaders” are blissfully ignorant, and more than happy to be “large and in charge” of their dysfunctional fantasy lands, as their “Romes” burn down around them.

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That seems to be the basic “modus operandi” of a socialist form of government.

Barnini Chakraborty for Fox News seems to agree with me when she reports that, “Baltimore [is] struggling with soaring crime, drugs and inept political leaders.”

“Charm City [Baltimore] has also been struggling with a crisis of confidence when it comes to its political leaders.”

I’m sure we can all recall the visions of the Baltimore riot during Barack Obama’s reign, how he chose to ignore it, and how the mayor at that time chose to let the rioters “express themselves” by burning down half of the city.

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“Last week, federal agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore’s embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh, widening an investigation into whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children’s book to disguise kickbacks. The early-morning searches were just the latest setback for the politically isolated first-term mayor who campaigned on transparency and ending corruption.”

“Republican Gov. Larry Hogan joined a growing group of people who want Pugh to step down and has called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of ‘self-dealing’ by Pugh.”

‘“Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership,’ Hogan tweeted Thursday. ‘Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead.  For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.’”

“Baltimore City Council members echoed the sentiment, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot tweeted last month: ‘The Mayor has to resign – now. The people of Baltimore are facing too many serious challenges, as it is, to also deal with such brazen, cartoonish corruption from their chief executive.’”

Yes…, “the mayor has to resign now,” so we can get the next clown in there who will probably be even worse.

“Pugh has been on paid administrative leave for the past month as calls to go grow, but she is hardly the first Baltimore mayor who has faced calls to leave.  Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned from office in 2010 to save her pension and preserve the possibility of working for the city or state again.  Pugh beat out Dixon by about 3,000 votes to clinch the 2016 Democratic primary.”

“John Dedie, a political science coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that one of the city’s greatest fears is to be ‘seen as a laughing stock, like Detroit was years ago until the governor of Michigan put it in receivership.’”

Uhh, I think it’s a little too late for that Mr. Dedie.

The new Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison was sworn-in on March 12, and he promised to make Baltimore safer and lead the department through sweeping reforms.

Promises, promises.

“Beverly White, who has lived in the city for more than three decades, told Fox News she has struggled to keep her family safe.”

‘“There have been shootings one after another,’ she said. ‘We’ve had people come here and promise to clean up the streets but nothing happens. People feel unsafe in their neighborhoods. (Harrison) says he’s going to turn things around. It’s a nice thought, but they keep killing people… it’s going to get worse in the summer. It always gets worse in the summer.’”

“To be fair, Harrison inherited a dysfunctional force that’s long been distrusted by many residents. Misconduct by officers and chronically high rates of violent crime are just a handful of systemic failures in Baltimore.”

No…, to be fair, Mr. Harrison knew exactly what he was walking into, and it is obvious that he is in way over his head.

There really is no positive end in sight for these cities.

They’ll all end up bottoming out and declaring bankruptcy, like Detroit, before any hint of positive momentum can begin to be realized.

The more things change the more they remain the same.

“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.” – Stephen Hawking

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill

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