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    The plot thickens

    Post  sinister_midget on Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:07 pm

    HOLY CRAP: BuzzFeed discovers 22 more police calls to Cruz home that @BrowardSheriff never disclosed

    Holy crap. This could be game over for embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

    According to a BuzzFeed investigation, there are 22 more 911 calls to the home of Parkland, Fla. killer Nikolas Cruz that were never disclosed to the public, which would bring the total to at least 45:



    From BuzzFeed:

    Broward County sheriff’s officials said in a statement late Saturday that they responded only to 23 calls involving suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz or his family over the years, but records obtained by BuzzFeed News show at least 45 responses since 2008.

    The number of calls made over the years involving Cruz or his family, according to the call records, are nearly twice the number publicly disclosed by the department.
    On Saturday night, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a statement pushing back on reports that they had been called more than the 23 incidents released by the department.

    “Since 2008, BSO responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family,” the sheriff’s office said in its statement. “STOP REPORTING 39; IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.”

    The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ questions about the additional calls, or how it determined to include the 23 calls that were disclosed to the public, but not the others.

    Busted.



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    Post  sinister_midget on Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:16 pm

    Busted: Incompetent, Preening Broward County Sheriff Gets Caught in a Lie

    As the hours and days pass, it's becoming increasingly apparent how terribly law enforcement -- and especially the Broward County Sheriff's office -- bungled its collective handling of the Parkland massacre, from ignoring multiple red flags leading up to the horrific incident to deadly inaction during the shooting itself.  We can now add 'lying after the fact' to the list.  Facing intense questions about the department's disastrous response to explicit warning signs about the perpetrator, the Sheriff's office released an indignant statement at nearly 10 pm on Saturday night.  The media's coverage was unfair, the memo suggested, because an inaccurate statistic was being reported for public consumption:



    I'm not sure it's a helpful talking point to insist that county sheriffs "only" responded to, um, 23 prior incidents involving the killer or his family, as opposed to 39.  But that's the line of defense Scott Israel chose to select.  The 39 figure is "simply not true," he asserts, instructing reporters to cease citing it.  He also rejects the scandalous allegation from other law enforcement officials that multiple county sheriff officers who were on location failed to enter the building while the shooter was still actively spraying students with bullets.  We know this is true of at least one officer, who has resigned; Israel downplays the serious and credible accusation that there were three others as an 'unconfirmed claim.'  It's extraordinary to watch this guy engage in damage control just days after he shamelessly joined, and even helped lead, the anti-NRA pile-on at CNN's 'town hall' event.  A polarizing  outside advocacy group sure comes in handy as a scapegoat for deflecting attention away from one's own lethal failures, which directly contributed to the body count.  Enter Buzzfeed, which has obtained documentation proving that Israel still isn't telling the truth:



    Broward County sheriff's officials said in a statement late Saturday that they responded only to 23 calls involving suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz or his family over the years, but records obtained by BuzzFeed News show at least 45 responses since 2008. The number of calls made over the years involving Cruz or his family, according to the call records, are nearly twice the number publicly disclosed by the department. On Saturday night, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a statement pushing back on reports that they had been called more than the 23 incidents released by the department...Dispatch records obtained by BuzzFeed News show that, since 2008, there were 22 calls to send deputies to Cruz's home that have not been publicly disclosed by the department.

    The implosion of this man's credibility is now complete.  In an astonishingly glib and arrogant interview on CNN Sunday morning, in which he was grilled by Jake Tapper, Israel angrily denounced the entirely justified calls for his resignation, praising his own "amazing" leadership of the department.  Remember, this is someone who whipped up the anti-gun crowd in that arena last week, prior to the arrival of villainous Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch.  Many others, including some who have been extremely critical of the NRA, have become deeply unimpressed with the Sheriff:



    He's done for now with Joe Schmo piling on! Before you know it Mikhail Brzezinski and that other guy at MSLSD, Rachel Madcow, will be calling for his head!


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    Post  sinister_midget on Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:25 pm

    Incompetence Wasn't the Problem in Broward County

    That's right. Because incompetence means an inability to do better. It indicates somebody who doesn't know any better or can't handle doing what it takes to solve something.

    What happened in Broward County was deliberate. One guy may or may not be a coward (I'm 100% certain in my mind that's a big part of the problem). But what he didn't do that a sensible, normal person would have done is something fostered by his former boss.

    You might say the one cop's cowardice proves his incompetence. In his case you may be right. But we'll never know because he was doing what he was taught to do whether his gut urged him to react differently or not.


    No one who follows the blogging collective known as the "Conservative Treehouse" will dispute my claim that its most prominent blogger, "Sundance" by name, is America's best reporter.  I got to know Sundance doing research for my book on the Trayvon Martin shooting, If I Had a Son.  So instrumental was the research of Sundance and his colleagues that I made the "Treepers" the protagonists of the book.

    Sundance's research into the political dynamics of Martin's Miami-Dade school system led him to expand his research into neighboring Broward County years before the Parkland shooting.  We communicated the day after that shooting.  We had a shared sense of what had gone wrong.  I detailed some of this last week in an article on what one public interest magazine called the "Broward County solution."  In Broward County, they call it more modestly the "PROMISE Program."

    In November 2013, Sundance first reported that Broward County was "willing to jump on the diversionary bandwagon."  As an attached Associated Press article noted, "One of the nation's largest school districts has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to reduce the number of students being charged with crimes for minor offenses."  The goal, as the article explained, was to create an alternative to the zero-tolerance policies then in place by giving principals, not law enforcement, the authority to determine the nature of the offense.

    In a collaborative agreement among school officials and law enforcement, the presence of the NAACP might seem anomalous, but not in the Obama era, where considerations of race routinely shaped educational policy.  "One of the first things I saw was a huge differential in minority students, black male students in particular, in terms of suspensions and arrests," Broward's recently hired school superintendent, Robert Runcie, told the American Prospect.  A black American, Runcie assumed that the differential was due largely to some unspoken institutional bias against minorities.  As he saw it, these suspensions played a major role in the so-called "achievement gap" between white and minority students.

    The first two "whereas" clauses in the collaborative agreement deal with opportunities for students in general, but the third speaks to the motivating issue behind the agreement: "Whereas, across the country, students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students are disproportionately impacted by school-based arrests for the same behavior as their peers."

    The spurious "same behavior" insinuation would put the onus on law enforcement to treat black students more gingerly than they would non-blacks.  To make the issue seem less stark, authorities cloaked the black American crime disparity with EEOC boilerplate about "students of color" and other presumably marginalized individuals.  Although nonsensical on the face of it – one is hard pressed to recall a crime spree by the disabled – this language opened the door for Nikolas de Jesus Cruz.  An adopted son of the late Roger and Linda Cruz, the future school shooter had a name that fit the "metrics" of the collaborative agreement, regardless of his DNA.

    It is not hard to understand why Broward County officials would be eager to adopt this program.  Miami-Dade had been receiving all kinds of honors for its efforts to shut down the dread "school-to-prison" pipeline.  On February 15, 2012, Miami-Dade County Public Schools put out a press release citing a commendation the Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) had recently received.  The Department of Juvenile Justice had singled out Miami-Dade for "dramatically decreasing" school-related "delinquency."  Said M-DSPD Chief Charles Hurley, "Our mantra is education not incarceration."

    Seventeen-year-old Miami-Dade student Trayvon Martin got neither incarceration nor education.  Eleven days after this self-congratulatory press release, Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, 250 miles from his Miami home.  For all the attention paid to the case, the media have refused to report why Martin was left to wander the streets of Sanford, high and alone on a Sunday night during a school week.

    Sundance, who lives in South Florida, broke this story through old-fashioned gumshoe reporting.  He writes, "Over time the policy [in Miami-Dade] began to create outcomes where illegal behavior by students was essentially unchecked by law enforcement."  Sundance was alerted to the problem during the investigation into Martin's death when six M-DSPD officers blew the whistle on their superiors, the most notable of them being Chief Hurley.  The whistleblowers told of cases of burglary and robbery where officers had to hide the recovered evidence in order to avoid writing up the students for criminal behavior.  "At first I didn't believe them," writes Sundance of the whistleblowers.  "However, after getting information from detectives, cross referencing police reports, and looking at the 'found merchandise' I realized they were telling the truth."

    One of those incidents involved Martin.  Caught with a dozen pieces of stolen female jewelry and a burglary tool, Martin had his offense written off as entering an unauthorized area and writing graffiti on a locker.  There could be no effort made to track the jewelry to its rightful owner, lest Martin's apprehension be elevated to the level of a crime.  Instead, Martin was suspended, one of three suspensions that school year.

    When George Zimmerman saw him that night in the rain, Martin, now on his third suspension, was looking in windows of the complex's apartments.  Zimmerman thought he was casing them.  Given his history, Martin probably was.  Zimmerman dialed the police.  The rest is history – or, more accurately, would have been history if the media had reported Martin's brutal assault on Zimmerman honestly, but they almost universally refused to do so.

    Broward County launched its "education not incarceration" experiment four months after Zimmerman was rightfully found not guilty in the Martin case.  By this time, Sundance and his fellow Treepers had exposed the corruption that Miami-Dade's seemingly enlightened policy had wrought within its school police department.  Given the mainstream media's failure to follow up on Sundance's work, even in Florida, it is likely that Broward officials did not know how deeply the policy had compromised police work in Miami-Dade.

    What Broward County authorities did know is that the best "school resource officers," the euphemism for in-school sheriff's deputies, were those most sensitive to the objectives of the PROMISE program.  It is hardly shocking that in 2014, the now notorious Scot Peterson was named School Resource Officer of the Year by the Broward County Crime Commission for handling issues "with tact and judgment."  The motto of that crime commission?  "Evil triumphs when good people stand idly by."  Yikes!

    Peterson, the commission noted, was also "active in mentoring and counseling students."  It appears that Nikolas Cruz got counseled a lot.  Better to educate him, after all, than incarcerate him.  Although there are many details still to be known, the Miami Herald reported on Friday that, in November 2017, a tipster called the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) to say Cruz "'could be a school shooter in the making,' but deputies did not write up a report on that warning."

    The Herald added that this tip came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.  Two years prior, "A deputy investigated a report that Cruz 'planned to shoot up the school' – intelligence that was forwarded to the school's resource officer, with no apparent result."

    That school resource officer just happened to be Scot Peterson.  He did not err by letting this misunderstood Hispanic lad go unpunished in any meaningful way.  Peterson showed his award-winning "tact and judgment."  He had to understand that to keep the PROMISE momentum going, the school would have to see fewer and fewer arrests each year.  This meant excusing worse and worse offenses, especially for students who counted as minorities.  As for the qualities real cops are expected to show – courage under fire comes to mind – those were obviously not Peterson's strong suit.

    "The school resource officer was behind a stairwell wall just standing there, and he had his gun drawn.  And he was just pointing it at the building," said student Brandon Huff of Peterson.  "And you could – shots started going off inside.  You could hear them going off over and over."

    In a surprisingly tough interview with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, CNN's Jake Tapper cited the 23 incidents before the shooting that involved Cruz and questioned whether the PROMISE program might have been responsible for the inaction by the sheriff's office. 

    "It's helping many, many people," said Israel in defense of the program.  "What this program does is not put a person at 14, 15, 16 years old into the criminal justice system."

    Said Tapper, "What if he should be in the criminal justice system?  What if he does something violent to a student?  What if he takes bullets to school?  What if he takes knives to schools?  What if he threatens the lives of fellow students?"  As solid as these questions are, if CNN had raised comparable questions after the death of Trayvon Martin, 17 Parkland students might still be alive.

    Says Sundance in conclusion, "I will give testimony, provide names, outline dates, and give all prior records to any lawyer for use in a wrongful death lawsuit – so long as their intent would be to financially ruin the entire system and personally bankrupt the participants."


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    Post  sinister_midget on Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:32 pm

    Since all of this sparked a big call for gun control by the people who eat laundry detergent pods (and their enablers), may as well look at how things went last weekend in one of the most restrictive gun cities in the country.

    4 killed, 21 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    At least four people were killed and 21 others were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.

    The latest fatal shooting happened Sunday night in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Hubert Eddings, 58, was walking about 10:50 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Michigan when someone shot him in his neck, stomach and back, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Eddings was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:32 p.m. He lived in the same block as the shooting.

    Another man was shot to death early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. About 3:40 a.m., 29-year-old Christopher Lewis suffered a gunshot wound to the head while walking in the first block of North Mayfield, authorities said. Lewis, who lived in west suburban Oswego, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 a.m.

    A 27-year-old man was killed Saturday night in an Englewood neighborhood shooting on the South Side. Jovan R. Killingsworth, who lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting, was shot multiple times in the upper body about 8:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 65th Street, authorities said. He was taken to Stroger, where he was pronounced dead at 10:21 p.m.

    The weekend’s first killing happened within the same hour in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Jontae Hunt, 17, was shot in the hip about 8:20 p.m. in the 8600 block of South Michigan Avenue, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Hunt, who lived in the same neighborhood, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m.

    The most recent nonfatal shooting happened early Monday in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 35-year-old man was stopped at a red light about 2:15 a.m. in the 3900 block of West Ogden when a vehicle pulled up next to him and someone inside fired shots, striking him in the hand, police said. He was taken to Stroger, where his condition stabilized.

    Hours earlier, two girls, ages 6 and 14, were wounded in a Hermosa neighborhood shooting on the Northwest Side. About 9 p.m., the girls were riding with a woman in a vehicle in the 4700 block of West North Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and the people inside exchanged words or gang signs with the driver before opening fire, police said. The younger girl suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle and the older girl was shot in her leg. They were both taken to Stroger in good condition.

    In addition, a Chicago Police officer shot and seriously wounded a man about an hour earlier in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Officers pulled over a Dodge Magnum about 8 p.m. just south of 43rd Street on Ashland Avenue as part of a narcotics investigation, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

    As officers were taking the three suspects out of the Dodge, one of the men pushed an officer and ran off, Guglielmi said. The man, whose age wasn’t immediately known, ran behind tractor trailers on 43rd Street, where an officer chased him and shot him multiple times. He was in serious but stable condition at Stroger, where he underwent surgery on Sunday night.

    No weapons were recovered at the scene of the shooting and no officers were injured, police said. The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on routine 30-day administrative leave as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the incident.

    At least 19 other people were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.

    Last weekend, nine people were killed and 28 others were wounded in citywide shootings.

    See? This past weekend with 4 dead is a major improvement over last weekend when it was 9 deaths!

    Democrats like to ignore that. Mostly because it's nearly always blacks killing and wounding each other. And also because it's already Gun Control Heaven.


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