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Students Walk Out of Class to Demand Tighter U.S. Gun Laws

This Week’s Stress Relief

I thought I would post something to give us a break or a balance to the stress that some, if not most of us, are under due to the situations in Washington, D.C.

My plate is pretty full for this week so I don’t plan on writing a blog post, (although it might still happen), and my visits to other blogs will be minimal.   Hopefully, next week will be better.

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‘The N-word Started It,’ Lawyer Says Of Fatal Shooting By Chicago Cops

On a sunny weekend in 2016, racial tensions flared when two white off-duty cops fatally shot an armed black man in Mount Greenwood.

Joshua Beal, 25, of Indianapolis, had been in a funeral procession in the predominantly white neighborhood on the Far Southwest Side. The death of Beal, who was serving as a pallbearer for his cousin, prompted African-Americans to march in the neighborhood, yelling, “CPD, KKK!”

In response, Mount Greenwood residents took to the streets to show their support for the police and their neighborhood, a stronghold of white city workers. A white off-duty firefighter who was attacked during the incident posted the message “Mount Greenwood Strong” on his Facebook page.

Now, nearly a year and a half later, three city agencies reviewing the chaotic circumstances leading to Beal’s death say they’re continuing to investigate and won’t talk about the case.

But, according to dozens of pages of detectives’ reports and photos that the Chicago Sun-Times obtained only after suing the city to get them:

• A woman taking a smoking break from her bartender’s job said she heard a white driver shout the N-word to African-Americans in the funeral procession. That prompted them to stop, and she said she saw a black man then punch the unidentified white driver.

via ‘The N-word started it,’ lawyer says of fatal shooting by cops on Far SW Side — Chicago Sun-Times

It was always my understanding that funeral processions have the right-of-way, and even upon vehicles leaving a cemetery, that respect should be shown because the people just said their last good-bye to someone they will never see again. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Chicago remembers his time spent in our city, expanding his civil rights movement from the South.

King brought his movement for equal rights north to Chicago in 1966, targeting the city’s stark segregation. Here, hundreds marched with him to challenge the policies that maintained the rigidly white ethnic enclave, Marquette Park.

“I have never seen, even in Mississippi and Alabama, mobs as hateful as I’ve seen here,” King said of Chicago.

In this gallery of Chicago Sun-Times and AP archival photos, King is seen energizing crowds and facing violent attacks as he led the march in Marquette Park. The photos, from 1966, show him renovating deteriorating buildings and confronting Mayor Richard J. Daley.

via PHOTO GALLERY: Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago — Chicago Sun-Times

Baton Rouge Policeman Fired Over Killing of Alton Sterling

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(Reuters) – A white Louisiana police officer was fired on Friday and a second suspended for the killing of Alton Sterling, a black man shot in a 2016 incident that inflamed the U.S. debate on racial bias in law enforcement, a police official said.

Baton Rouge officer Blane Salamoni was dismissed for violating department standards on use of force and for losing his temper in the deadly incident, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference.

The second officer involved in the confrontation, Howie Lake, was suspended for three days for violating the command of temper standard. The decisions followed an administrative review of the July 2016 shooting, and both officers plan to appeal, Paul said.

The decisions are designed “to bring closure to a cloud that has been over our community for far too long,” he said.

Sterling, 37, was shot outside a convenience store after a resident reported…

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March For Our Lives 2018.

This is a powerful video.

Scotties Toy Box

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Brother of Nicolas Cruz, Douglas High School Killer, Arrested For Trespassing at Same School

MIAMI — The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff’s Office report said.

The teen was recorded by security cameras riding his skateboard at the school around 4:30 p.m. though he had received prior warnings from school officials to stay away from the campus, the report said.

Zachary Cruz told the arresting deputy that he was there to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,” according to the report. It added that the teen had “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds.”

The youth’s brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that documents show some officials recommended in September 2016 that Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation, though the recommendation was never acted upon. Such a commitment would have made it more difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting.

Jail records didn’t immediately list an attorney for Zachary Cruz.

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Attorney General Sessions Fires McCabe

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FILE PHOTO:    Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington FILE PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and was repeatedly criticized by President Donald Trump, he said on Friday.

“Based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said.

McCabe’s dismissal came two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his full pension. The firing – which comes nine months after Trump…

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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Nikolas Cruz

MIAMI — Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. The 19-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges.

Cruz’s attorneys have said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was not pursued in the Valentine’s Day massacre. The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

via Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in school shooting — Chicago Sun-Times

Personally, I don’t believe in the death penalty.  As this case illustrates, killing people who kill people to teach that killing is wrong does not work.

GOP Maine House Candidate Insults School Shooting Survivor Calling Her A “Skinhead lesbian”

LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a “skinhead lesbian” and the other a “bald-faced liar.”

Leslie Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told the Sun Journal it was “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students.” But he says he stands firm in his defense of “our constitutional rights.” He says he served in the military and took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

A Democratic organizer in Greene says, “That sort of stupidity really turns people off.” Organizer Pat Fogg says she wishes she knew someone who could jump into the race.

The newspaper says Gibson has since made his Twitter account private.

via GOP candidate calls Parkland student ‘skinhead lesbian’ — Chicago Sun-Times

I had to read this article twice.  Is Leslie Gibson an adult?  Did Gibson forget that the oath he took to uphold and defend the Constitution includes the rights of every citizenship, regardless of their physical appearance and sexual preference?

 

Darth Vader Falls in Love

What a wonderful way to begin the week with a laugh.

cfbostonbrian

I thought this was rather interesting.  I am a resistance soldier all the way, but I do like Darth Vader…

~Boston Brian

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Parkland School Shooting Victim Files Legal Notice Of Suit Against Local Government

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) – A lawyer for a student wounded in February’s mass shooting at a Florida high school on Monday filed a legal notice of intent to sue the county sheriff’s office and the school district for failing to protect the students. The lawsuit would be the first for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed 17 people and wounded or injured more than a dozen others.

The notice of intent to file a claim is required by Florida law before a lawsuit can be brought against government entities.

It would be brought on behalf of 15-year-old Anthony Borges and his family. Borges was shot five times during the massacre, suffering life-threatening injuries, and remains hospitalized, according to the notice.

“The failure of Broward County public schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” the family’s lawyer, Alex Arreaza, said in the notice.

 

 

via Florida school shooting victim files legal notice to sue local government — The Crusader Journal

DACA Expiration Comes and Goes; Senator Durbin Says Solution Unlikely Any Time Soon — Chicago Sun-Times

 On the day that protections were set to expire for people brought to the United States illegally as children, the man who has championed their cause — and given it a name — wasn’t giving up.

Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he wants a promise from the Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, that the so-called Dreamers will not be deported while their renewal applications are still pending under the expiring program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

“I want to have a clear assurance that those that come forward to renew their DACA be protected from deportation while that application is pending. I think that is not unreasonable,” Durbin, D-Ill.

The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the DACA program and not renew permits that expired after March 5, but a federal court ruled in January that the Department of Homeland Security must continue renewing permits as the matter continues to move through the legal system. Rival immigration plans that would have offered protections for Dreamers failed in the Senate last month.

Durbin helped start and name the “Dreamer” movement when he introduced legislation using that acronym in 2001; DREAM stands for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.”

Monday, he pledged that Senate Democrats will continue to try passing a permanent solution for Dreamers, even though he admitted they have little leverage with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress.

“We have tried everything that we can. We are in the minority,” he said. “Now the only way it moves forward is if the Republican leaders get a signal from the President of something he will accept.”

 

via DACA expiration date comes and goes; Durbin says solution unlikely any time soon — Chicago Sun-Times

Trial begins for widow of Orlando nightclub gunman

Republicans in Congress reject new gun limits

Baltimore County Jury Awards $37 Million To Family of Korryn Gaines — SUPABUTTERFLY

A Baltimore County jury found Corporal Royce Ruby and the Baltimore County Police Department, liable for the death of Korryn and for the injuries her son, Kodi, suffered when he was shot. The jury of six women found that Ruby’s shooting of Korryn was not reasonable and therefore violated her civil rights. Interestingly, the jury […]

via Baltimore County Jury awards $37 Million Dollars to family of slain Korryn Gaines — SUPABUTTERFLY

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Russian Nationals and 3 Russian Entities For Interfering With U.S. elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday. In a court document, the U.S. government said Russian entities began interfering in U.S. political processes, including the 2016 presidential election, as […]

via U.S. grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals, three entities in alleged election meddling — The Crusader Journal

You can read the indictment at this link.

 

 

 

Black History Month. The Harlem Hellfighters and Chicago “Black Devils”: Battling Racism and Germans on the Western Front in 1918

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, The theme of Black History Month this year is African Americans in Times of War to coincide with the centennial of the end of the First World War. In 1918 African Americans who in spite of the prejudice, intolerance and persecution they endured at home as a result of Jim Crow, […]

via The Harlem Hellfighters and Chicago “Black Devils”: Battling Racism and Germans on the Western Front in 1918 — Padre Steve’s World…Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

School Shooting Suspect Made ‘disturbing’ Social Media Posts — Chicago Sun-Times

PARKLAND, Fla. — The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz,…

When school bullies turn into killers

Dakota Mutchler, a 17-year-old junior, said he used to be close friends with Cruz but hadn’t seen him in more than a year following his expulsion from school.

“He started progressively getting a little more weird,” Mutchler said.

Mutchler recalled Cruz posting on Instagram about killing animals and said he had talked about doing target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

“He started going after one of my friends, threatening her, and I cut him off from there,” Mutchler said.

 

via School shooting suspect made ‘disturbing’ social media posts — Chicago Sun-Times

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