#BlackLivesMatterIfTheyreEndedByANonFederalLawEnforcementOfficer

13 04 2015

Waco, Texas

Jack Cashill, writing in AT:

Hasn’t Al Sharpton Heard of Waco?

(snip)

Those like Sharpton who hope to nationalize the police might want to recall what our national police forces accomplished on the dusty plains outside of Waco, Texas, twenty-two years ago next Sunday.

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For those of short memory, the FBI, trying to mop up for a botched earlier raid by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), launched a tank attack on a Branch Davidian religious community called the Mount Carmel Center.

The ATF had gotten it into its head that the Branch Davidians were converting legally owned, semi-automatic AR-15s into illegal, fully automatic weapons. The ATF had no proof of this beyond the report from one neighbor who thought he heard machine gun fire, a report that the local sheriff had already investigated and discounted.

Based on this claim, the ATF obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant for leader David Koresh and others suspected in the weapons conversion. Earlier Koresh had offered to let the ATF inspect the Branch Davidians’ weapons and paperwork, but the ATF declined. Instead, on February 28, 1993, to impress the incoming Clinton administration, the ATF launched an armed attack against the community called, appropriately enough, “Showtime.”

By comparison to Showtime, the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program was a roaring success. The raid was a total botch. Six ATF agents were killed as were six Davidians. For the next fifty-one days the Davidians hunkered down and one nationalized police force, the FBI, took control from another, the ATF.

On April 19, 1993, losing patience, the FBI launched its assault. Leading the way were M728 Combat Engineer Vehicles, better known as “tanks.” Their task was to puncture the walls of the community and pump in CS gas.

The assault did not work quite as planned. The wood frame buildings caught fire, and seventy-four Davidians died, twenty of them children. Individually the federal agents involved were likely honorable and decent citizens. Those at the top of the hierarchy were not. Attorney General Janet Reno accepted responsibility. “I made the decision,” Reno said at a news conference. “I’m accountable. The buck stops with me.”

During the siege, and immediately afterwards, Bill Clinton proved to be as craven a buck passer as Obama has been post-Benghazi. “I was aware of it. I think the attorney general made the decision,” Clinton told the media while the compound burned. “I knew it was going to be done but the decisions were entirely theirs.”

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When Clinton saw the laurels being tossed Reno’s way, however, he turned credit monger and fought for his share of the limelight. Yes, Virginia, there was limelight to be had.  What may seem incredible, at least to those who take the media seriously, is that Reno’s approval ratings went up after the debacle.

Reno survived Waco — indeed, Clinton survived Waco — only because one crucial piece of evidence was successfully withheld from the public, quite possibly including Al Sharpton. I am talking here about the racial make-up of the Mount Carmel community.

As a test, ask a group of your smartest friends to describe what the victims at Waco looked like. Almost assuredly, your friends will describe them as white, Bible-toting, gun-loving Christians of the peckerwood variety.

What your friends almost assuredly will not know, and will be reluctant to believe, was that more than half of those presumed peckerwoods were racial minorities, thirty-nine out of seventy-four who died on April 19 to be precise. Six of the dead were Hispanic.  Six were of Asian descent. Twenty-seven were black. The victims ranged in age from six to sixty-one.

Truth be told, Waco represented the single greatest federally orchestrated one-day slaughter of racial minorities on American soil since Wounded Knee in 1890, and there, at least, the Indians fought back, killing more than 30 American cavalry. And no, this is not something I read on the Internet.  I found a verifiable list of the dead, broken out by age and ethnicity, and counted them.

The FBI had given the Branch Davidians video cameras.  The Clinton White House knew who was in the buildings.  So, almost assuredly, did the major media, but those video images were successfully suppressed, and the public never knew.

Although usually hypersensitive to the concerns of racial minorities, the media turned a strategically blind eye to their very presence at Waco, not to mention their deaths. As intended, scarcely a black person in America knew the hell visited on his brethren by white police in those early uncertain months of the Clinton era.

That knowledge would surely have strained black affection for the Clintons and maybe even party loyalty. The media were not about to encourage such a schism. Those under 30 may wonder how the media succeeded in keeping this information from the American people. The reason is simple: in 1993, a nearly monolithic broadcast media controlled close to all visual imagery.

A few points:

1.  I always thought that there were a few non-white victims.  One thing that Cashill did not mention here that is not well known but I know it is that a supposed KKK group in the area protested on the side of the ATF and FBI, and were happy with the way things turned out, because they denounced the BDs as race mixers.  I was not aware until this how successful the BDs were at being a rainbow coalition.

2.  The reason the ATF wanted to “impress the incoming Clinton administration” by using cowboy tactics instead of wonk tactics is because in the several years leading up to Waco, there was very serious talk about eliminating the ATF and subsuming its duties into the FBI.  In the late Bush 41 years, the ATF was desperate to find reasons for its continued existence as a standalone agency, and desperate to prove this to politicians.  With the change of Presidents, this gave the ATF a golden opportunity to show that once and for all.  Therefore, Waco.

3.  But Cashill is only fooling himself if he thinks that that the news that 36% of Waco victims were black and showing them on TV would have turned blacks against Bill Clinton.  There were plenty of other obvious opportunities where one would think that blacks would have turned against Clinton, the most obvious of which was the supposed welfare reform in 1996.  But it didn’t, and proper reporting on Waco would not have done the trick, either.

4.  There’s a more fundamental point lurking here.  See the title of this post.  The media and black activist silence is deafening when a black life is taken by white or even other-than-white Federal law enforcement agents.  If the LEA is a white local B&W, county mounty, state bear or state agent, then they’re pissed to high heaven, hashtags, protests, screaming.  But when the LEA is a Federal agent or a cop whose paycheck comes from the Federal government, crickets.  Notice you don’t see or hear the name Miriam Carey being written or said much anymore.  Why this double standard?

UPDATE

Someone responded to my comment on the AT thread stating that the FBI did not want the ATF to be subsumed into the FBI, because the FBI agents didn’t want to work with and around the untermenschen ATF agents.  Evidently, in Federal LEA lore, FBI agents are considered a cut above ATF agents.  So you look at this from the other side of the coin, and I can easily see why the ATF was so scared of being subsumed into the FBI.  It would have meant that “lesser” ATF people would be in the same boat as “better” FBI people, and therefore, the career trajectories of former ATF now FBI agents would be stalled if not ended.  Mixing the ATF and FBI would have been like trying to mix oil and water.  It also explains the ATF’s desperation in proving the necessity of it remaining a standalone agency, ergo Waco.





No Outstanding Warrant

10 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

NBC:

Walter Scott owed nearly $7,500 in back child-support payments when a South Carolina cop shot him to death — but no bench warrant had been issued for him, according to court records cited by The Associated Press.

It is unclear whether Scott knew at the time there was no bench warrant for him, but his decision to flee during the Saturday traffic stop in North Charleston apparently led to the deadly encounter.

Scott’s parents told TODAY on Wednesday that they believe Scott fled from Slager because he owed child support and did not want to be arrested again.

I think this makes sense.  There might not have actually been a warrant, but Scott thought because he was getting pulled over that there was one.  So he ran thinking he was either going to get away or die trying.  What this also means is that Slager wasn’t done checking Scott before Scott made a run for it, so Slager might have thought that Scott was really wanted for something serious, otherwise, why run?  If Scott doesn’t run, Slager would have found out that Scott didn’t have any warrants, and would have let him go.

This may well change the nature of the debate of the actual confrontation.  I’ve been saying that we don’t shoot people running away from you in the back over the matter of child support warrants.  But we now know that Slager didn’t know whether Scott was wanted for anything and if so exactly what at the moment Scott ran and Slager chased Scott.  Slager was left to infer from Scott’s running that that there was a warrant out for him and that it was something very serious.  Therefore, Slager’s decision to shoot Scott was predicated on Slager having to make split second inferences.

It also means that the questions of whether there was ever a conflagration between Slager and Scott before Scott started running away again and of whether Scott tried to take Slager’s taser are moot. Because, like I wrote above, Slager didn’t know Scott’s warrant status; for all Slager knew, Scott might have been wanted for murder, at which point it would have been justified to shoot him even if he was unarmed and running away, even in our post Tennessee v Garner environment.

But then there’s still the outstanding matter of everyone lied on the paperwork after the fact, and the throwing down of the taser.  If what I now think is the way it is, then it’s going to be yet another example of the cover up being worse than the crime.

It also means that it’s manslaughter at worst for Slager, if that.  Hell, I can easily see now how Slager is never convicted for anything relating to his actually shooting and killing Scott, and the only thing he and other relevant cops in this case get convicted of is the crimes relating to the cover up.

UPDATE 3 PM

I am making a bit of a leap of faith in saying that Slager did not yet have the information that there were no warrants on Scott when Scott got out and ran.  The reason I’m comfortable making that assumption is that if Slager did already know that, then I don’t think he would have bothered chasing Scott, much less shooting him in the back as he’s running away.  Slager knows about TN v Garner.

To put it another way:  If Slager only wants to spend a little time in prison and not a long time, he better say that he didn’t have that information back while waiting for it in his squad car, and stick to it, and hope that there is no evidence that can prove that he did know.  Because if he admits that he knew there were warrants out for Scott, or it can be proven otherwise that he knew that, then he’s going to flunk a TN vs Garner exam, which means manslaughter or murder two.





Dash Cam Vid

9 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

If you don’t want to watch his editorializing, you can stop at 4:43.

I don’t see how this changes anything substantively.  Cop still shot unarmed civilian running slowly away from him over a matter of a warrant for failure to appear on a child support matter.  Then there is the matter of the cops’ subsequent lies and cover ups.

I do think it means that Scott just had enough of constantly going in and out of jail for child support, and did SBC.





Here Comes The Eye

8 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

NYT:

North Charleston is South Carolina’s third-largest city, with a population of about 100,000. African-Americans make up about 47 percent of residents, and whites account for about 37 percent. The Police Department is about 80 percent white, according to data collected by the Justice Department in 2007, the most recent period available.

Okay.  Well.  Would more black cops have made a difference?

A black cop on the NCPD was the second to show.  He’s the one who claimed in his paperwork that he administered CPR to Walter Scott, but the video shows that he never did, therefore he lied on his police report.





New Focus

8 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

Steve Sailer’s Eye of Sauron is now gazing upon a new town.

Except in this case, there’s nothing this cop did or the other relevant cops did that is defensible.

1.  Scott was actually fleeing and his back was actually toward the shooting cop

2.  He was wanted for a “crime” that in no way justified shooting him, that “crime” being failure to appear for a child support hearing

3.  The shooter cop planted some sort of weapon on Scott’s body, it may well have been a taser

4.  The black cop that was second to respond, and responded after Scott was killed, claimed in his paperwork that he administered CPR to Scott, but the video shows he never did

5.  All the cops that filled out police reports on this matter lied through their fingers

I also found out that Scott has already been arrested ten times before for child support failure.  He probably didn’t want to go down for an eleventh time.  He was either going to get away or die trying.

I know that North Charleston is a Bell Curve City.  In this case, they have every right to be mad.  This time, though, take a wooden nickel’s worth of free advice, and don’t tear down and burn down your own shit.  Go protest in front of relevant people that matter.

Also, I hope Nikki Haley has sense enough to appoint a special prosecutor.





Conditions of Parole

2 04 2015

Coral Springs, Florida

probation1n-1-web

 





Window Dressing

1 04 2015

Jefferson City

2:

Missouri House Speaker proposes changes to traffic fines

Missouri’s Republican House speaker is proposing a number of changes to how traffic violations are handled to address concerns raised by the fatal police shooting in Ferguson.

Don’t get too excited, because I read the words “Missouri House Speaker” in the headline.

The shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white officer led to criticism that some cities excessively fine residents to fund their budgets.

Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown because the latter was in arrears on traffic tickets?  The latter didn’t even have a drivers’ license, much less a car.

House Speaker John Diehl of Town and Country on Wednesday announced proposed changes to prevent that from happening. Those include limiting cities from funding more than 20 percent of their budgets from fines.

Yay!  Cheer!   Applause!  Right On!  Right On!

Buzz kill #1:  Ferguson gets 15% of its revenue from fines, so this would not apply to them.

Buzz kill #2:  Missouri already has very similar anti-speedtrap laws, but they’re rarely enforced. The main reason is that all this speedtrap revenue helps fund cop pensions in these smaller municipalities. Neither the state Attorney General or any of the state’s circuit attorneys are in any mood to enforce laws in such a way that it pisses off cops.

Another proposal would require courts to consider a defendant’s ability to pay fines and offer alternative payment plans, such as paying online or community service.

Already part of existing state law.

The Senate bill now is pending in a House committee. Diehl says he expects it will win approval within days.

Believe me, that’s proof that this legislation is window dressing. No effective piece of legislation on this matter will ever move this quickly.

Want the problem solved?

1. Disallow fines as a punishment for any crime or ordinance, as a matter of Federal civil rights.

2. Federalize and universalize the pensions of first responders.

Wake me up when you’re serious about solving the problem.








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