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The Life and Death of Georgia Sheriff Deputy Kyle Dinkheller

In my research for the series Defining Black Lives Matter, I found some articles about Blue Lives Matter.  I was going to include the following in a part of the series, but decided that this needs its own post.  It is about Georgia Sheriff Deputy Kyle Dinkheller.  First, please watch the video.  When I first watched it, I fell to my knees sobbing.  It’s one of those painful things that we need to watch to see what humans do to other humans, and should remind us of the precious gift of life.


Andrew Brannan

Convicted cop-killer Andrew Brannan

Andrew Brannan was convicted of the 1998 murder of Laurens County, Georgia sheriff deputy Kyle Dinkheller.  Deputy Dinkheller was 22-years old when he was murdered.  Dinkheller pulled Brannan over for driving 98 mph. Brannan used a M-1 carbine rifle.  At the time, Brannan was 49 years old when he deliberately shot Officer Dinkheller 9 times, the last shot being in the eye.

Brannan was found the next day. He had been wounded in the stomach. He was taken alive.

Officer Dinkheller left behind an expectant wife and 22-month-old daughter when he died on January 12, 1998. Deputy Dinkheller’s son was born in September 1998.  Read the rest of this entry

10 things you need to know today: May 14, 2014

There are very important stories today. Thanks for putting them together.

My heart goes out to the families of those killed in the mine.

Happy to hear that there is a stay of execution for Robert Campbell. There is no “humane” way of killing a human, and the mentally challenged should not be executed.

The Judge in Idaho did the right thing, IMO, to strike down that state’s amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The Fifth Column

The UN's special envoy to Syria resigned Tuesday.   The UN’s special envoy to Syria resigned Tuesday. AP Photo

The Week

The U.N.’s Syria peace envoy gives up, a judge strikes down Idaho’s gay marriage ban, and more

1. U.N. Syria envoy Brahimi steps down
The United Nations’ envoy in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, quit on Tuesday, saying he was frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations to end the country’s three-year civil war. “It’s very sad that I leave this position and leave Syria behind in such a bad state,” Brahimi said. In another setback, France’s top diplomat said evidence indicated Syria had used chemical weapons a dozen times since signing a treaty banning them. [The New York Times]


2. Judge strikes down Idaho’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale late Tuesday ruled that Idaho’s 2006 ban on same-sex marriagewas unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court victories…

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