On July 16, 2014, 41-year old Misty Holt-Singh left her 12-year old daughter in the car while she made a quick transaction at a branch of Bank of the West. She had no idea what was about to happen. Three suspects entered the bank with guns drawn. They tied up a security guard and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the vault. Then, they grabbed two bank employees and Misty, fleeing in a Ford Expedition that was owned by a bank employee.
Police from the Stockton Police Department, responded to the robbery and for the next hour, pursued the Ford Expedition.
The three suspects, Alex Gregory Martinez, 27; Gilbert Renteria Jr., 30; and Jaime Ramos,19; were pursued by officers of the Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol. The three hostages were with them. In the shoot-out that occurred, one hostage was wounded. The wounded hostage and another were tossed out of the vehicle.
Two of the suspects, Martinez and Renteria, were killed. However, it is said that Ramos used Misty as a human shield.
According to preliminary ballistics report, Misty was shot at least 10 times by the police. Ramos has been charged with 3 counts of murder, (his 2 co-robbers and Misty); 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers; car theft; robbery and kidnapping.
Defending the actions of the officers, Stockton police Chief Eric Jones said at a news conference that Misty’s wounds “show the cowardice” of Ramos. He stated that the suspects fired on the officers first with a semiautomatic rifle, and that they had no choice but to return fire.
Chief Jones provided no details about the exact location of Misty’s wounds but did confirm that Misty was killed by bullets shot by officers. Thirty-three officers fired their weapons. At least 20 of them have been placed on administrative leave.
Hundreds of bullet holes were found in various places, including police vehicles, citizens’ cars, homes and businesses along the route through Stockton and neighboring communities.
Attorney Gregory Bentley is representing Misty’s family. He stated that the manner in which Misty’s life was taken raises serious questions and concerns. “The family is hopeful, however, that the promised information, policies and procedures concerning the events of July 16 will be provided so that a fair, complete, and transparent investigation can take place.”
Call me jaded, but it appears that Police Chief Eric Jones has already decided that the officers were justified.
On September 27th, Misty’s family and friends gathered to celebrate her life, with more than 100 golfers teeing off to raise money for her family. Misty’s son, Paul Jr., is helping his sister cope with the shock. She waited in the car outside the bank the entire time.
“You know they say it gets easier with time, but it is not it doesn’t. My heart is broken. I am empty. I am trying to be strong for the kids and the family, but I have my moments. I have my moments,” said Paul Singh, Misty’s husband.
Our condolences to the Singh family. Justice for Misty.
Helicopter video for when police opened fire:
Helicopter video of the aftermath:
Chief Jones speaks:
This brought tears to my eyes. I bet when he became a detective that he had no clue that in the greater scheme of things, it was for a purpose other than detective work.
Originally posted on Kindness Blog:
Jack Mook, a detective and boxing instructor in Pittsburgh, got curious when two of his students stopped showing up.
He went searching for them and found them at an abusive foster home. Then he took matters into his own hands. This is a classic tale of a by-the-books detective with a soft heart.
What a truly wonderful man! :)
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Last Sunday, James Ashby killed 27-year old Jack Jacquez in Jacquez’s home. No one knows why Ashby came to Jack’s house. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Rocky Ford Police Department have remained silent. That might be due to James Ashby being a police officer.
Jack’s family and friends say that he was shot in the back, but even that news did not come from the police but rather, from workers at the hospital where Jack was taken.
About 200 people got together in the small town of Rocky Ford, Colorado to protest, marching to the police station to get answers. Authorities aren’t talking to them. They are not even telling them what they are doing – but James Ashby is on paid vacation.
The protests pattern those in Ferguson. Yes, the nation and the world have embraced the reality that what happened to Michael Brown was wrong. “Hands up. Don’t Shoot” is being repeated in Rocky Ford, CO, and even Hong Kong, because of Michael Brown. Now, it is no longer Blacks who are marching while chanting “No Justice. No Peace.” People of every color are fed up that cops can kill, go on paid vacation, and authorities are silent, adding to the trauma and grief of victims’ families, friends, their communities – our nation.
People of all walks of life are coming together, but sadly it is because of death by cop.
Thursday evening, I posted in comments that I’m overworked, tired of bad news and would like to write something uplifting. I asked for suggestions.
How about an open comment board to post on for 10/17. “A Happy Place”
Everyone has to post a cute video, something funny, a childhood memory, a special birthday gift, Christmas gift……………anything other than turmoil and grief!
A happy, funny, video filled area to raise our spirits and make us smile.
Find it on Utube……….dig it up from your past………..or make it up!
There is so much to choose from, and so many stories to be shared. :)
Just a suggestion.
She started off by sharing a funny story about her hair.
I don’t have a funny story to tell, but would like to share the following video.
Yesterday, our spirits were lifted with the sentencing of Michael Dunn. My spirit was also lifted upon hearing that the person in D.C. does not have Ebola. Still, I have something to complete that is time sensitive and I need to dedicate this weekend to finishing.
While good things are the focus, feel free to discuss anything. Have a safe weekend.
The man who was found guilty on three counts of attempted 2nd degree murder, firing a missile, and 1st degree murder, for killing 17-year old, unarmed Jordan Davis, has been sentenced.
Michael Dunn will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole, plus 105 years.
Dunn gave a half-ass apology, stating;
“I want the Davis family to know I truly regret what happened. I’m sorry for their loss,” If I could roll back time and do things differently, I would. I was in fear for my life and I did what I thought I had to do. Still, I am mortified I took a life, whether it was justified or not.”
As soon as a video of the sentencing hearing is available, I’ll update here.
It is truly amazing that we hear that Ebola is not an air borne virus, yet there is no understanding for how people, and their pets, are being infected. Maybe if hospital staff had taken Duncan seriously when he first came to the ER, it could have prevented the spread.
Originally posted on The Fifth Column:
The unidentified health care worker treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who tested positive for the disease on Sept. 30. Duncan was the first person to have been diagnosed with the virus in the U.S. He died on Oct. 8.
After reporting a fever on Tuesday, the health care worker was put into isolation. Authorities are now searching for anyone who may have been in contact with the worker.
Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating Duncan, is also in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is still not clear…
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Butterflies, caterpillars, moths, (even crusty old moths), and all creatures great and small,
I’m tired. I’ve been up all night (won’t tell you why. Don’t ask), and even now my eyelids are not cooperating with my fingers on the keyboard.
See what I mean?
Before I embarrass myself further, I’ll just get to the point — this thread is for open discussion. But then, you knew that from the title, right?
Share what’s on your mind. Give it a try and see if you can do so by filling in the blanks.
L is for _____
O is for _____
V is for _____
E is for ______
Be kind to one another and yourself. Take time to tell every living thing, pet and human, that you love them.
By the way, I love you all!
The things happening on our planet can be overbearing. As individuals, we can make positive changes in our environment and in relationships, but find it difficult making changes when problems are caused by a system intended to bring about negativity, death to humans, animals, and our planet.
Let’s turn lemons into lemonade and fill ourselves up with the positive belief that we can make our world a better place.
For our encouragement, here are some songs. I hope that you enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry
In 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” is a semi-biographical film about the life of Michael Oher, and offensive lineman who plays for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. Oher has an impoverished upbringing, but high prospects in college football, and was without parents and homeless when he met Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher, who is Black, was adopted by the Tuohy’s, who are White. Actress Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film, and the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a leading role. The film itself received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Tim McGraw played the role of Sean Tuohy.
When I heard about DeShawn Currie of Wake County, North Carolina, (just south of Raleigh) I immediately thought of the movie, “The Blind Side,” although for DeShawn, it was not classmates that made him feel unwelcomed – it was the cops. For about a year, DeShawn has lived with his foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler, who are White. They moved into their new home in July.
DeShawn came home from school the other day. A neighbor profiled him as “suspicious” and called 911. When the cops arrived, DeShawn asked them why they were there? He told them that he lives there. The cops looked at photos on the wall and seeing that the photos are of White people, accused DeShawn of lying. Read the rest of this entry