BREAKING: Medical Examiner Rules Eric Garner’s Death A Homicide

Originally posted on News One:


A New York medical examiner has concluded what many suspected after watching video of Eric Garner’s fatal police encounter: The Staten Island man died as the result of an illegal police chokehold. NBC’s New York affiliate has the story:

The city medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father whose death in police custody sparked national outrage, a homicide, saying a chokehold killed him.

The medical examiner said compression of the neck and chest, along with his positioning on the ground while being restrained by police, caused his death.

See Also: Here’s What Some Cops Are Saying About the Death of Eric Garner

Garner’s acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors, the medical examiner determined.

Garner’s family members, along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, met with federal prosecutors last month to press for an investigation into his death. Sharpton said police…

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Ted Wafer Trial July 31, 2014 Afternoon

At the request of mothman, this thread is now open to continue reporting and discussing the Ted Wafer trial for today.


Here’s the video from WXYZ-TV Detroit, recapping today’s hearing.


Ted Wafer’s Trial July 31, 2014

Thanks to everyone who followed tweets and reported.  A special thanks to Yahtzeebutterfly for her hard work. 

The prosecution has rested.

I saw lots of tweets yesterday about Renisha’s alcohol level, but none about the defense getting spanked when inferring that the footprint on the air conditioner was from someone trying to break-into the house.  As the witness said, “Then that’s the person he should have shot.”

Maybe I missed those tweets.

WXZY-TV caught excellent excerpts from yesterday’s hearing, including the witness that said he didn’t investigate a break-in because there was no evidence of a break-in.


Open Discussion – July 30, 2014

Caterpillars, butterflies, moths and all creatures great and small,

I noticed some mentioned having problems posting comments.  The same happened to me.  That generally occurs when lots of comments have been posted on recent threads.  The two most recent threads have over 500 comments combined.

Thanks so much for your interests and discussions.

Please feel free to continue discussions here.

blue butterflies

Ted Wafer Trial – July 30, 2014

Below is the video recap of yesterday’s hearing by WXYZ-TV.

We read the tweets about the defense’s argument for entering Renisha’s social media into evidence, but the video shows us the passion in the prosecutor’s argument.  The defense actually wanted to enter a police report involving Renisha when she was (wait on it) ……… 15 years old!

The judge did not allow the entry of that info into evidence because it is too old.

Today, an officer is going to be recalled to the witness stand to try to explain how a hundred bill purportedly found in Renisha’s pocket went missing.

I apologize for being absent so much.  Hopefully after today I will start recovering and my health will allow me to have more time to blog.



George Zimmerman Patrolling Again


George Zimmerman during his murder trial. He probably had the same look on his face when the cops pulled up Sunday.

This time, he is watching out for a friend.

One news source reported that George Zimmerman has found work. He has, but it’s not a paid job.

Much like his neighborhood watch, Zimmerman is again lying in wait for suspects. This time however, rather than Zimmerman calling the police to report anyone suspicious, he was the suspicious person. Read the rest of this entry

Ted Wafer Trial – July 29, 2014

It is really disturbing having to follow the trial without being able to watch it.  So, the camera-person made a mistake on the first day.  Can’t that be forgiven?

Yahtzee is doing a fabulous job following and reporting what reporters in the courtroom are tweeting.  It’s lots of reading and I honor her for doing the job.

WXYZ-Detroit recaps yesterday’s testimony.  They also report that Wafer might take the stand on Wednesday.



The Shoe Box


I can’t stop laughing.  Thanks. I needed that.

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:

Photo Credit: Tim Wilson via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Tim Wilson via CC Flickr

I recently read a touching story from The San Francisco Globe that I thought would be something nice to share with you. So…sit back and enjoy this story. I am sure that it will touch your heart in a special way.

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box…

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Ted Wafer Trial – July 28, 2014

Unless the judge changed her mind this weekend, the trial will not be live streamed.

We shall try to keep up and report in the comment section below.

Here’s the latest video from Sanford Watch about the first 2 days of the trial.


Out of Dreams Nightmares


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