You’ve heard most of the story by now.
There is meme floating around the local media that the now deceased suspect, one Carlos Boles, (and we still don’t know whether he killed himself or the SWAT team’s bullets killed him after he fired at them), would still be in prison today. The reason they say that is that in 2005, he was sentenced to a seven-year bid for assaulting a cop plus several drug charges, and that almost immediately, another judge in the St. Louis City Circuit reduced the sentence to 120 days of shock time plus three years probation. Therefore, the lame brain media add 2005 and 7 to arrive at next year, ergo he “still would have been in prison.”
Except that even in states with Truth in Sentencing laws, Missouri being one of them, hardly anyone serves their full sentence. Our TIS law is 85%, but it only applies to certain violent felony convictions. By comparison, the Federal system’s TIS is 10 months out of every 12 you’re sentenced to you must do, for an effective 83.3% TIS law.
First off, we don’t know if any of those crimes fell under TIS. Second, even if one of them did, we’re already six years after that sentence, and six divided by seven is 85.7%. Therefore, whenever in 2005 he got that sentence, he would have been let out this year three weeks before the 6th anniversary. If he couldn’t make bail before that trial, then he would have been credited for time serve before going into a state prison, thereby pushing forward his release date. However, I infer from the fact that another judge reduced the sentence to mean that his crimes didn’t qualify for TIS. (This is why TIS was enacted, so that the legislature could prevent pandering judges from handing out lenient punishments.) So even if he would have made it into the confines of a state prison, he probably only would have done half his time, meaning he’d be well out by now.
We do know that he has these felony convictions, and several previous ones. The sisters who were on Channel 2 this morning begging their brother to surrender peacefully did later admit that he kept “a lot of guns” in that domicile along with his own two children and his three nieces, I’m assuming those two sisters’ daughters. So it wasn’t the sisters who owned the guns, it was Mr. Boles himself. Ergo, felon in possession, and around children. I’m surprised that CPS/DFS hasn’t already taken all those children into protective custody, and recommended that these sisters and his own kids’ mother(s) be charged with child abuse, because their mothers allowed them to live inside the same residence as an illegally armed ex-felon. Maybe CPS/DFS has done that, and it’s just not being reported because of all the more pressing issues from this morning.
We also know that Mr. Coles has been shot either 14 or 16 times before, and the closest any of those bullets came to killing him was 20 years ago, when he was 16. Ergo, lifetime thug. He was well on his way to doing life on the installment plan anyway. It might be a simple matter of the SLPD not being able to catch him in the act enough times to generate the paper trail to keep him in the joint for longer stints.
My mother told me late this afternoon that she often walked that block, a long long time ago, on her summer trips between her girlhood home and the pool at Marquette Park. In fact, there was someone right on that block, several doors down from where this all went down this morning, that would take her and her friends in and watch them if my grandparents were for some reason both not at home before or after she wanted to go swimming. But beyond that, my mother and all her little girl friends could walk by themselves in that neighborhood without a care in the world. Of course, one thing was way different in the early 1950s in that neighborhood compared to the early 2010s. You get one guess.
UPDATE 3/9: The U.S. Attorney General makes a statement. Yeah right, the white-hating bigot. The NBPP are “my people.”
UPDATE 3/10: Didn’t I tell you something was amiss in that neighborhood? P-D:
Back on Osage, the scene became chaotic for a time as SWAT officers surrounded the building and about 100 people, many of them angry at police, gathered.
Sannita Boles, who said she is Carlos Boles’ sister, collapsed sobbing in the park across the street. “He’s still in there,” she wailed about her brother.
Police officers and others helped her up, then officers urged everyone to move away from the line of fire.
Another relative of Boles screamed to the face of an officer, “Why did you do this?”
Friends grabbed her and pulled the woman back. “It wasn’t him,” one friend said, referring to the officer she had yelled at.
Tony Johnson, 22, who lives nearby, said many in the crowd expressed “complete anger. People around here don’t like cops.”
Also from the P-D:
Anti-police graffiti appeared Wednesday in at least two places in the neighborhood where gunfire between police and a wanted felon resulted in two deaths the day before.
Police said vandals broke a window and spray-painted a graphic, anti-police message outside an office building in the 3900 block of Keokuk Street, where Alderman Shane Cohn rents space.
A large glass window with a police emblem on it was broken. The anti-police message was written on the outside of the building. Police said it did not appear that the vandals were ever inside the building.
I saw the graffiti on Channel 2, though they had to blur out the obscenities. I don’t think the resident black thugs sprayed the graffiti, mainly because the words they were able to show were multisyllabic — I’d bet the farm that the nearby anarchists did that. After all, the 3100 block of Osage isn’t that far from their hovel on Cherokee Street. In fact, the two locations are almost a straight shot from each other along Michigan Avenue.
UPDATE 3/17: No more “Dutch” in Dutchtown. P-D profiles the neighborhood. Juicy snippets:
While residents said they never expected to see such bloodshed on their block, some said the confrontation wasn’t shocking given their own mistrust of police. It’s a mistrust, they say, that comes from years of watching friends and neighbors marched away in handcuffs, from a deep-rooted impression that police only show up to crack down, not help.
“I have no more love for these cops,” Quarneisha Hudson, who lives down the street from the scene of the shootout, said two days after the deadly incident. “They lock people up just to lock people up. And it’s gonna stay like this.”
Yes, because it’s so wrong, in fact, so racist, for cops to arrest people for crimes they are suspected of committing, especially if almost all of such people they have to arrest in Dutchtown and the city as a whole are black. How silly of those cops to think they have a proper job to do then go out and do it, instead of being overglorified social workers with a badge and gun.
Take a hint, morons: That’s what cops do. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They go where the crime is. Otherwise, it would be a waste of what are now very strained city resources.
BTW, cops just don’t “lock people up just to lock people up.” An arrest means beaucoup paperwork that the cop would rather not do.
Lynette Roddie, 33, who lives on the block where the shooting took place, said residents see the leak of the photo as a threat–a warning of what can happen if police are challenged. “Why else would it get leaked like that?” she asked.
That is the significant bit of this article — The theory that an SLPD officer operating outside of protocol took the pic and spread it around as a warning to other thugs. If that’s the case, then it doesn’t upset me in the least.
Robert Jones, who works at the Marquette Park Community Center, had brief encounters with Boles, who sometimes picked up his sister’s children from community center activities.
Jones suspects the shootout, as well as Boles’ reported statement that he wasn’t coming out of the house alive, will cement his legacy as a martyr to many in the community.
“He’s gonna be looked at as a hero,” said Jones, the director of U Make It Happen, a program that utilizes hip-hop culture to deter crime. “The people who do that are dummies. He did some things and paid the consequences for his actions. But in the streets, he’s the man.”
God love ya, Mr. Jones. But to be perfectly honest, “hip-hop culture” and “deter crime” is oxymoronic. But you did at least tell the truth about Mr. Boles becoming a heroic martyr among the hip-hoppers in Dutchtown.
UPDATE 3/22: A SLPD SWAT team member admits to taking and releasing the aforementioned leaked photos. That was pretty much a given, because only the SLPD SWAT team had access to Mr. Coles’s deceased and bullet-ridden body for quite some time after the end of the standoff. It was just a matter of finding out exactly which cop did it.