(The Advocate)–Baton Rouge police officers were attacked by members of a crowd as the officers were trying to break up a large party Sunday night at Kings Court Apartments after complaints of loud music, resulting in the arrests of five people.
In a quick-moving sequence, officers arrested four people who tried attacking them or keeping them from arresting others and a fifth who tried to entice the other partygoers to attack the officers, according to several affidavits of probable cause.
Three officers arrived at the complex at 2888 Dougherty Drive at 8:20 p.m. after receiving complaints about the loud music in the parking lot and ordered the group to disperse, the affidavits say. The crowd refused to leave and some yelled profanities at the officers.
One man, Marvin Johnson, 29, grabbed two steel horseshoes and two 4-foot-long steel pipes and began swinging the pipes at the officers, the affidavits say. An officer knocked the horseshoes and pipes out of Johnson’s hands, but Johnson continued to fight.
Several officers jumped in to help, placing Johnson in handcuffs, the affidavits say. Johnson then yelled and screamed at the crowd, encouraging them to fight the officers.
As soon as officers subdued Johnson, Warren Bessie Jr., 33, walked over and began throwing punches at the officers, catching one officer in the torso, before he was thrown to the ground and subdued, the affidavits say.
At the same time, Keyoka Cleveland, 31, jumped on the officer who was handcuffing Bessie, the affidavits say. The officer quickly pulled her off and arrested her.
Then another woman, Jasmine Cleveland, also jumped on the back of one of the officers and was arrested, the affidavits say.
VENICE (CBSLA.com) — It played like a scene in a movie: police were called to the Venice boardwalk Tuesday [March 11, 2014] when a man started walking around with a chainsaw, yelling at passersby.
A local shop owner saw what was happening and whipped out her camera to shoot video. Viviane Robertson, who’s been doing business on the boardwalk for 20 years, says police had their guns drawn and were yelling at the man to drop the chainsaw.
“It was very scary,” Robertson said. “Somebody walking around with a chainsaw. You don’t expect that.”
The chainsaw was not turned on but police told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Brittney Hopper that the blades were so sharp they could have hurt someone.
“The police came up in their cars, and just started drawing their guns in my direction, so I was really panicking,” the shop owner said.
The suspect was arrested. Officials have not yet released his identity.
Spencer Davis was walking on the boardwalk when he saw police point a gun at the suspect.
“He didn’t drop it and he got closer and [officers] actually kicked the chainsaw out of his hands,” Davis said. “I keep telling myself: In Venice, you never know what you’re going to see. And every time I think I’ve seen it all, something else happens.”
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 goons are taking systematic union thuggery to a new low.
(Oregon Live) –The National Labor Relations Board accused longshoremen this week of assaulting United Grain Corp. security officers and threatening to rape a manager’s daughter and harm a boss’s children.
In a separate but related filing, Ronald Hooks, NLRB regional director in Seattle, accused United Grain of unfairly locking out union members and unjustly discharging longshoremen who wouldn’t operate equipment they considered unsafe. Both cases involve the Vancouver company’s year-long lockout of dockworkers at its grain export terminal.
The most shocking accusations are contained in Hooks’ case against International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 in Vancouver.
After investigating charges filed by the company, Hooks alleged longshore picketers shone spotlights into vehicles entering and exiting United Grain’s terminal, blocking drivers’ vision and causing permanent eye injury to a security officer. Hooks alleged locked-out workers recklessly pursued company vans, threatened to harm Columbia River pilots and pinned a security officer’s leg under a moving vehicle.
Hooks alleged that Local 4 members “threatened to rape the daughter of one of the employer’s managers,” and implied threats to harm a manager’s children by telling him they would “see his children at school” and asking, “are (his) children okay today?”
In Hooks’ case against Local 4, he listed numerous alleged incidents, including an assault on a vendor’s truck, rocks thrown at a security guard and racial slurs made against United Grain’s African American security officers. [...]
(Fox) –Senate Democrats failed to muster enough support to push a controversial Justice Department nominee past a key test vote on Wednesday, leaving the nomination stalled amid bipartisan concerns about his past work on behalf of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The nomination of Debo Adegbile for head of the Civil Rights Division was blocked, on a 47-52 vote.
Adegbile needed just 51 senators to support him in order to advance to a final vote. In anticipation of a tight vote, Vice President Biden even attended in case he was needed by his Democratic colleagues to break a tie. But it did not get to that point, as a total of seven Democrats peeled off, joining a united Republican opposition.
At issue is Adegbile’s work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of Abu-Jamal. Perhaps America’s most well-known cop killer, he was convicted for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner. The case has attracted celebrity and media attention for decades, amid claims that Abu-Jamal faced racial discrimination. Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was eventually overturned, but his conviction stands.
Republicans and law enforcement groups like the Fraternal Order of Police were staunchly opposed. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., questioned Tuesday whether Adegbile could be counted on to advocate for the civil rights “of all Americans,” if confirmed to the post of Civil Rights Division director.
The president of the Fraternal Order of Police has called the nomination a “thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers.”
Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, has adamantly opposed the nomination and lobbied senators to vote “no.”
Obama nominated Adegbile to succeed Thomas Perez in the DOJ post, after Perez was confirmed for Labor secretary
…… Adegbile is the first Obama nominee to fail on a Senate test vote since Democrats pushed through changes that allow certain nominees to clear that hurdle with a simple majority, as opposed to the customary 60 votes.
Interestingly, Adegbile has a personal story that’s similar to Obama’s. The DoJ nominee was raised by a single mother in the absence of her son’s Nigerian father, reports the Washington Post.
Under Adegbile’s leadership, NAACP LDF acted in several legal proceedings for the black leftist folk hero who has parlayed his 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner into a career behind bars. Born Wesley Cook, the former Black Panther often referred to affectionately in radical circles as simply “Mumia,” enjoys celebrity status on the Left and is a frequent guest speaker at college commencement ceremonies.
“The question of Abu-Jamal’s guilt is not a close call,” according to John Fund. “Two hospital workers testified that Abu-Jamal confessed to them: ‘I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.’ His brother, William, has never testified to his brother’s innocence even though he was at the scene of the crime. Abu-Jamal himself chose not to testify in his own defense.”
As Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, Abu-Jamal shot the policeman once in the back and then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Multiple eyewitnesses were present during the crime.
Arapahoe High School shooting gunman Karl Halverson Pierson , 18
[...]In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.
Schmidt said the shooter “was an outspoken kid about what he believed and a good political thinker.” [...]
The following is aÂ message for the msnbc community from Martin Bashir:
â€œAfter making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.Â Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of msnbc, I have tendered my resignation.Â Â It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
â€œI deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers â€“ who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences.Â Â I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.â€
Phil Griffin, President of msnbc, added the following:
â€œMartin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with msnbc. Martin is a good man and respected colleague Â - we wish him only the best.â€