Them That Got

21 03 2017

Houston

Okay, you wanna know what’s roasting my ass?

That so many official resources were dedicated to a shirt.  A shirt, that’s all it is.

If you’re in Houston, and your car is stolen, not only will the HPD not go to this extent to try to find both it and the thieves, they might not even send an actual cop to the scene of the crime or to you personally, they’ll just take your report over the phone.





GOTBV

21 03 2017

Jeff Vanderlou

Read it for yourself.

Go ahead, take it at face value.  Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll come back here for the proper translation into English.

Good, you’re still here.  I knew you’d choose wisely.

Remember, among competing hypotheses, the one with the most cynicism should be selected.

Here’s how you translate this PR gobbledygook into English, and it is true PR gobbledygook, because it contains at least one use of words that are close enough to “realize their full potential.”

Soccer Club St. Louis is bribing important black officials and luminaries to turn out the black vote in the city in favor of Proposition 2 two weeks from today.

That’s all there is to it.  Nothin’ but soccer net.

That understood, I find the second to last bullet point to be ironic.  Not only on its face, but right above Prop 2 on the city ballot two weeks today will be Prop 1, a sales tax increase that will fund, among other things, more cops, and also, the North-South MissingLink seed money.





The Closed Case Whose Door Won’t Stay Shut

16 03 2017

Ferguson

Last week, we had the startling but irrelevant revelation that GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS was a small time weed dealer, and therefore, the morning counter clerk at the Ferguson Market mistakenly thought he was stealing from the store.

Now, we have this yadda yadda.

Which still doesn’t change the circumstances of the last three minutes of the life of GENTILIVUS GIANTIVS.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear certain people and institutions wanted more rioting on the Fergaza Strip.





And They Think This Makes GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS Look Better?

12 03 2017

Ferguson; Austin, Texas

New footage as part of a documentary about GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS that was screened at SXSW.

The key takeaway is that he was a small time dope dealer.  And that the man working the counter in the 11 AM hour the next morning didn’t know the party line, so he had every reason to believe that GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS was stealing from the joint and a very good reason to call the cops.

And it does not materially, in fact, at all, change the crucial details of the last three minutes of his life, or change the culpability therefore.





To Tell Us What We Don’t Want to Know

7 03 2017

Oakland

A few questions.

(1) Now that ShotSpotter is going to show us that there are way many more shootings than the official record suggests, because, as this rightly points out, most shootings aren’t reported, will urban officials admit that they’ve been exerting political pressure to bend the truth to decrease crime statistics and crime rates on the official record?

(2) It says that SS helps the cops respond faster and provide help to victims and perhaps get a jump on suspects.  But wait, I thought the cops were all bloodthirsty Nazi Klansmen who wanted to suck the blood of black babies’ bodies.

(3) Look at the sample graphic under “Where Is It?,” especially the middle panel.  That tells you all you need to know, but it also tells you all that we’re not allowed to notice.

(4) Firearms ownership, both legal and illicit, is pretty uniform across the country, yet there only seems to be this imperative to install SS in certain areas.  Why?

 





No Getting Around This

2 03 2017

Baltimore

officersarrested

I can assure you that this isn’t some questionable accost and transport of a career criminal.

Re the second paragraph:  Are you paying attention, OCGE?  This is why some people think that the asset forfeiture paradigm needs serious reform.





Where the Wheel Lands Today

1 03 2017

Walnut Park

Messenger, in the P-D:

But it was a noncandidate, former city Police Chief Dan Isom, now a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who asked the question that got to the core of why students and faculty would take two hours out of a school day to talk about gun violence.

“How much do you care about every person who has lost their life in the city of St. Louis?” Isom asked. “And not just the good kids.”

The kid who is dealing drugs on the corner has value just as much as the basketball player who gets caught in the crossfire, Isom said. Indeed, their deaths are often reported in these pages completely differently — one gets a brief, the other nearly a full page of photos and love and quotes from neighbors and family about a tragic loss.

Funny that.  One of Isom’s predecessors as Chief, Joe Mokwa, told us the complete opposite, that we (and by “we,” the dog whistle was white people) shouldn’t care precisely because most city “gun violence” involves both perpetrators and victims that are on the wrong side of the tracks and whose life histories are indistinguishable from each other (dog whistle:  It’s just black thugs murdering black thugs, so quit worrying about it, cracker.)

The narrative changes up every other day.