Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP) leader Sasha Johnson was shot in the head early Sunday morning outside of a party in Southwark (south London), according to a Met Police report.
Johnson, 27, was taken to an area hospital at approximately 3 a.m. where she underwent surgery and remains in critical condition.
Although Johnson is identified as a member of the British Black Lives Matter chapter in numerous reports about this incident, she was not associated with the organization. Instead, she was on the leadership committee of TTIP, a separate anti-black racism activist group.
The Post Millennial’s Andy Ngo reported that Johnson “rose in prominence last year for her advocacy of the creation of an armed black militia, the abolishment of police & the overthrowing of capitalism.”
Ngo provides a example of Johnson ginning up a crowd on a London street in the video below.
She tells her supporters: “Racism thrives on capitalism. The back of racism is capitalism. … We need a black militia. … The police is no different than the KKK. They stand around and protect statues and buildings instead of people. … All together, put your fist in the air. Black power. Don’t ever be scared to say, it doesn’t mean that you hate another race and anybody that say that you hate them too have hidden racism. They’re scared of your blackness. Black is beautiful. …”
Charming young woman.
#BLM leader Sasha Johnson is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot in London. She rose in prominence last year for her advocacy of the creation of an armed black militia, the abolishment of police & the overthrowing of capitalism. pic.twitter.com/Q9doTLPCvw
In a statement to the BBC, TTIP said Johnson had received “numerous death threats.”
Imarn Ayton, a friend of Ms Johnson’s, spoke to the BBC. She said the surgery had gone well and that Johnson was “now with her parents.”
Ayton told the BBC she did not believe Johnson “was the intended victim. … As far as I am aware, this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism.”
BLMUK reacted to this shooting on Twitter: “BLMUK expresses our shock and solidarity over the shooting of Sasha Johnson. A young mother and fearless political campaigner who was at the forefront of many BLM protests last summer. … While Sasha wasn’t part of our organisation, she impressively founded a new Black-led political party and was dedicated to resist anti-Black racism.”
The group announced a vigil had been set for the next day and said, “Any attempt to intimidate or silence her, is an attack on all of us.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said: “We are all hoping that this young woman’s condition improves. Our investigation is in its early stages and urgent enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances.
“I would appeal to the residents of Consort Road and the surrounding area to check any doorbell or dashcam footage for any suspicious activity that may relate to this investigation.”
Considering one of Johnson’s goals is the abolishment of the police, does she even want them to carry out an investigation to find the shooter?
Really? Can anyone even imagine what would happen to this great nation if we were to hand over the keys to Westminster to this woman?
National polling outlet Civiqs has been tracking the level of support from registered voters for Black Lives Matter since April 2017.
Two academics looked at the results from Civiqs most recent survey (May 21) and presented their analysis in The New York Times.
I feel compelled to share their bios, particularly Ms. Chudy’s. [Emphasis mine]: “Jennifer Chudy is an assistant professor of social sciences and political science at Wellesley College. She studies white racial guilt, sympathy and prejudice. Hakeem Jefferson is an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, where he studies race and identity.
They note that support for BLM overall has seen a net increase since 2018.
On Jan. 1, 2018, 38 percent of registered voters supported the group, 41 percent were opposed, 18 percent neither supported or opposed and 3 percent were not sure. On May 21, 47 percent support BLM, 40 percent oppose, 12 percent neither support nor oppose and 1 percent are unsure.
Support for the group increased over the past three and a half years from 38 to 47 percent while those opposed decreased by one percent. What stands out is that those opposed largely remained opposed and the increase in support came from those who were previously neutral or unsure.
The Times presents Civiqs’ data on a graph which resembles a typical bell curve. It shows a breakout in support starting on March 13, 2020, the date that Breonna Taylor was killed. On May 25, the date of George Floyd’s death, support spikes and the line showing new support is nearly vertical. It continues to rise until June 3. Support reaches 53 percent, just 29 percent of respondents are opposed, 17 percent are neutral and two percent are unsure.
This is the high water mark for BLM. From that point on, support for the movement plummeted.
The authors point out that, by this time, “protests have spread to more than 140 cities nationwide.”
Americans had been shocked after seeing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin press his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, but that wasn’t an excuse for burning down cities, toppling monuments and looting stores.
Chuddy and Jefferson see other reasons for the drop. They lament that they “the more general picture contradicts the idea that the country underwent a racial reckoning. Last summer, as Black Americans turned their sorrow into action, attitudes — especially white attitudes — shifted from tacit support to outright opposition, a pattern familiar in American history. Whereas support for Black Lives Matter remains relatively high among racial and ethnic minorities, support among white Americans has proved both fickle and volatile.”
“Support among white Americans has proved both fickle and volatile?” Is it unreasonable to oppose an organization that burns down buildings and businesses, smashes store windows so they can be looted, wounds our police officers and disregards the law? I don’t see anything fickle or volatile about that.
Then, the two take aim at Republicans specifically. “After Mr. Floyd’s death, Republicans reported much stronger support for Black Lives Matter than they had earlier in 2020. For a party often characterized by its racial insensitivity and antagonism toward racial minorities, this increase in support was striking. But perhaps even more striking is its rapid decline.”
Finally, they write this: “Some have wondered whether support for B.L.M., especially among white people, is genuine or merely virtue-signaling. As the volatility of the polling suggests, there is reason to be skeptical. This conversation, however, misrepresents racism as a social problem rooted in individual values rather than as a system forcefully sustained by our institutions.”
I suppose this kind of stupidity is to be expected from a white guilt and sympathy major.
Not only do I not support Black Lives Matter, I consider them to be a terrorist group.
By constantly telling blacks that they’re oppressed, people like Chuddy and Jefferson are making blacks believe they’re oppressed.
Shortly after the protests began last summer, conservative writer and Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution, Shelby Steele, joined Fox News’ Mark Levin on his Sunday night show. Steele, who is black, shared some much needed insight into the racial riots that were rocking the country at the time.
Steele recalled growing up in the 1950s in Chicago when segregation was “fierce.” No one was taking money from the government. His father, with a third grade education, bought three ramshackle houses, rebuilt them and then rented them out. He “kept clawing his way up.” And he wasn’t unique. They were all working hard.
Steele came of age during the civil rights era in the 1960s and said the biggest difference between then and now is that, back then, everybody knew exactly what they wanted. “Often [it was] a piece of legislation, a civil rights bill or something else that was specific or concrete.”
He speaks of the vagueness of the current protests. “So, what is this really all about?” Steele thinks it’s about power and, “in order to pursue power, as they do, you have to have victims.”
The death of George Floyd, he told Levin, “generates such excitement among this crowd and validates their argument that America is a wretched country. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism – and has been for four centuries and minorities are victims who are entitled.”
Steele continued: “And so, when people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding their territory of entitlement. We want more. We want more. … Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic.”
“Well, that’s a corruption. And I know it’s a corruption. Because the truth of the matter is that blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner.”
He also believes there’s always going to be some racism in every society. He noted, “My own sense is that it’s endemic to the human condition. We will always have to watch out for it.”
“Blacks, he says, are unhappy that they’re at the bottom of most socioeconomic ladders, but instead of blaming it on the police or anyone else, they need to take a look at themselves.”
“Why don’t you take some responsibility for it? … I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if they have the nerve, the courage, to look at black people and say, you’re not carrying your own weight, you’re going to go have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrations…
“Are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in your life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying ‘I’m a victim and I’m owed? And the entitlement is inadequate and I need to be given more and after all, you know racism has been here for 400 years…and so, it’s time for you to give to me.
“That’s an exhausted, fruitless, empty strategy to take and we’ve been on that path since the 60s and we are farther behind than we’ve ever been and we keep blaming it on racism and blaming it on the police. I’m exhausted with that.
“They took a lot of responsibility for their lives because the government didn’t [during segregation]. What civil rights bill is going to replace that? What value system?
“And that is the problem. That we have allowed ourselves to be enabled in avoiding our real problems by a guilty white society. That keeps using us and exploiting us as victims. … If you really care about how minorities do, why don’t you ask them to do it? Why don’t you ask them to drop the pretense?
“We have let this sort of guilty society and our grievance industry put us in this impossible position where we are a permanent underclass.
“White guilt: Buying back legitimacy by exploiting minorities all over again.
“‘Look, we beat you up pretty badly. You can’t make it without us – unless WE are the agent of that change. Not you, us. So they take over the agency, over black development and say, if you don’t get more government money, more government programs, you will never make it. You are dependent on us and what happens? A grievance industry springs up in black America to receive all that white beneficence.
Chuddy and Jefferson would do well to listen to Steele.
Our disingenuous, self-serving former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King on Friday. Obama shared one of her biggest worries as a black mom. “Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them.”
She told King, “The fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud, maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption.”
“I, like so many parents of black kids—the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts.” Yes, she said it.
Um, Michelle. I’m pretty sure that those Secret Service agents who follow your kids around 24/7 would be on that pretty quickly.
Does she really think she’s fooling anyone with this level of dishonesty? This woman’s lack of self-awareness is breathtaking.
King asked Obama about the joint statement she and former President Barack Obama issued following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial. The statement said that “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”
“The goal is to let leaders lead. But in certain times, people, you know, look to us often. ‘Well, what do you think? How do you feel?’ We know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done. And so we, we can’t sort of say, ‘Great. That happened. Let’s move on,’” she said.
Then she delivered another whopper about “all those Black Lives Matters kids.”
“Many of us blacks still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, walking our dogs. So, I think we have to talk about it more, and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more and to believe us and to know we don’t wanna be out there marching. I mean, all those Black Lives Matters kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this. They’re taking to the streets because they have to. They’re trying to have people understand that we’re real folks, and the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational, and it’s based on a history that is just — it’s sad, and it’s dark, and it’s time for us to move beyond that.”
Barack Obama, as the first African-American president, was handed a historic opportunity to improve race relations in the U.S. As I see it, he squandered it. He was going to “bridge the racial divide.” But his true feelings about whites were revealed during unguarded moments, the best remembered being his remark that white, rural Americans cling to their guns and religion. On another occasion, he referred to his grandmother as a “typical white person.”
Michelle Obama, as I see it, fans the flames of racial injustice.
A couple of months ago, I posted about a virtual commencement speech she delivered to 2020 graduates.
I wrote: “Within 90 seconds, the topic turned to race. Not only have we had to deal with the pandemic, she told graduates, “but also by the rumbling of the age-old fault lines that our country was built on. The lines of race and power that are once again so nakedly exposed for all of us to grapple with.”
“With one of the most sour expressions I’ve ever seen, she said, “What’s happening now is the direct result of decades of prejudice and inequality.”
“The truth is, when it comes to all those tidy stories of hard work and self-determination that we like to tell ourselves about America,” she says as she shakes her head to indicate this is a lie, “the reality is a lot more complicated than that. Because for too many people in this country no matter how hard they work, there are structural barriers working against them that just make the road longer and rockier.”
As privileged as this woman is, as much as she’s been given, she harbors a visceral resentment toward whites that will never be erased.
I was just reading the news, or at least all of the news I can ingest without experiencing an equal and opposite intestinal reaction, and noticed a highly impactful story from our friends at Fox News about a 47-year-old woman who disappeared last year, only to be “found” by sheriff deputies. She survived a winter in the Utah front range, not exactly the Hilton of outdoor experiences.
How she made it alive through the winter without tons of necessary gear is a mystery (and a great potential embarrassment to any and all professional preppers), but I am guessing that she had some level of physical, mental and emotional preparedness.
The Fox article reports that the woman wasn’t crazy:
Although the woman had struggled to find an adequate food supply over winter, [Sgt. Spencer] Cannon commended her resourcefulness in foraging grass and moss.
Cannon added that the woman’s campsite was well maintained and organized. He also shared that the woman is “very intelligent” and “has held highly respected jobs.”
With apologies to Charlotte (one of my favorite literary characters); my delicate, woven web message would be “some woman”.
Why she attempted it, to me, is the bigger question. The Fox news article explained that “Her motivation was, in part, for solitude and isolation,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon told Fox News in an email.
Wow. I’ve driven by the Spanish Fork area on several occasions – it’s beautiful and if you would pick a place to starve to death or perish from the elements, you couldn’t find a more perfect landscape.
My lizard cortex jumps to the forefront of my brain and takes control. … Running from? Running to? Running away? Running towards? Running, running, r.u.n.n.o.f.t. (Oh Brother, extra credit if you remember that line).
Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “Richard Edward! Stop! Deep breath! This woman wasn’t running in fear. Read the statement from Sgt. Cannon. She was running towards a better place, a more sane and serene place. She was running towards health and well-being.”
Richard Edward: “Okay, Mr. Narrator. I’ll consider your opinion. … But why risk death and/or being eaten by a bear for a little solitude? C’mon man, there are spas for that kind of thing, aren’t there? Does getting away from it all have to be a death-defying act? What ever happened to quiet and essential oils?”
Mr. Narrator: “Why do you really think she was running, Richard Edward? You think she was looking for just for a little solitude? Look around you and tell me what is happening. I think maybe she was looking for less. Yes, less of the following things.”
“Critical Race Theory is encroaching on every aspect of our lives. If you are white, you are the worst thing since spam was invented. Not guilty about being white? You should be. Just ask any race hustler who is working their corner.”
“Illegal immigrants are now the disadvantaged people of choice – they’re treated better than U.S. citizens. They’re more deserving of government help in difficult times. Just ask the Biden administration. Break the law to get here, no worries, come on down!”
“Mask up, dude! Every local governmental official below the office of county dog catcher governor is exercising their appropriated power to tell you what to do and how to behave in public.”
“Drug addled thugs from Minneapolis are celebrated as heroes. Cops who risk their lives everyday are the new Brownshirts of our society. Is this law and order you can count on to keep you safe?”
“Felons are released back into the community without so much as an overnight stint in the local jail, much less required to post bail. Local DAs are practicing a catch and release program. No chair to sit on when the legal music stops? No problem, just keep playing the game, we’ve got your felonious back.”
“I could go on Richard Edward, but answer me honestly, do you think this woman was comfortable walking the streets of her neighborhood, living daily life in her home, encountering her woke neighbors, the shopkeepers in her community, the roving activists with megaphones bellowing that Black Lives Matter, interacting with any level of her government representatives for assistance while constantly having to be aware of her skin color and supposed privilege?”
Richard Edward: “You mean she was running toward a life without ‘woke’ standards? A lifestyle that used to value people as people, and not as generalized identities based upon skin color and political views?
Mr. Narrator: “Yes Richard Edward. She was running towards sanity. She was running towards a life of truth. She was running towards a life of value, not virtue signals.”
Richard Edward: “We don’t have that kind of community any more. We can’t escape the all-encompassing theory of Critical Race Theory. The woke brigade now rules the planet and our daily behavior.”
Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, you will someday wake up and realize that less truly is more. Less critical race theory, less government rules and regulations, less illegal immigration, less leniency to convicted felons, less government spending, less taxes, less politics, less of everything that steals your individual American rights. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was considered to be an architectural genius and his Bahus style of design influenced generations of architects. He is synonymous with ‘less is more’. Minimal intrusion, by architecture, on lifestyle.“
Richard Edward: “I get it now. This woman who ran away to a Utah campsite in Spanish Fork is more than an architectural genius. She didn’t run away to build a minimalist building, she ran toward liberty and self-reliance. She ran away from a life in the popular culture gulag and toward a life of independence. She ran toward freedom.”
If you think that a life in the wilderness could be better than a life in the Democrat-controlled matrix, please leave Richard Edward and Mr. Narrator a comment about why.
If you have a degree in sociology, psychology or gender studies, it’s not my fault. This isn’t a knock on your choice. I know how it feels to waste my own money, personally carrying around a degree in philosophy. I told myself I would continue on to law school, but the new ‘lottery’ (apologies to Shirley Jackson) draft system and my amazingly low draft number altered my plans.
Imagine my surprise when reading the news today and stumbling across an article that details just exactly how I, specifically as a white person, am supposed to behave in public when visiting the newly erected shrine dedicated to George Floyd; a drug addict and thug who had a violent criminal history. I am so glad that some woke social studies major got that figured out. I just hate not knowing how to act.
What would I do if I found myself in George Floyd Square, previously known as the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago, and didn’t conform to dictatedexpected behaviors?
Now I can go and visit that hallowed ground and do exactly what the rioters, BLM racists and socially woke, useful idiots want me to do.
Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “Richard Edward, stop! You are being disrespectful to the memory of George Floyd. People are trying to build a shrine to the memory of a hero, a man who sacrificed his life on the altar of justice. Crazy Nancy said so just a couple of days ago and you know you can’t tell her she is wrong.”
Richard Edward: “What? (don’t you just hate being surprised all of the time?) Shrine to? Social justice warrior? I read in an article by my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn that he was high on fentanyl at the time of his arrest. He told the officers “I can’t breathe” and repeated “put me on the ground” several times before he was placed on the ground during his apprehension. You sure we’re talking about the same dude?”
Mr. Narrator: “Yes, Richard Edward. That was George Floyd in life. In death, he has been given an entirely different biography. In life, he was just another drug-addled thug in Minneapolis who resisted arrest for his latest suspected crime; but in death, he has become a civil rights icon, more than worthy of your obsequious genuflecting. The woke graduate sociology majors have declared it so.”
Wow, is there anything a liberal arts degree can’t do? Rewrite history? Dictate your behavior in public places, especially according to your race? Tell millions of your neighbors how to think and feel about current events? I never understood that the possession of a degree in social studies, sociology or any other of the ‘Liberal Artx’ would hold the answer to all of the world’s conundrums.
Mr. Narrator: “Don’t be snarky, Richard Edward. These folks are serious. White people need to be told how to act in a place of worship. Here, let me show you what is required of you if you visit. Newsmax captured the woke folk’s instructions in a nifty little list:
White guests need to “decenter” and “come to listen, learn, mourn, and witness.”
“Remember you are here to support, not to be supported,” the sign instructs.
White people are then asked to “contribute to the energy of the space, rather than drain it.”
Any “processing” must be brought to “other white folks” so that “BIPOC” (an acronym for “Black and Indigenous people of color”) are not harmed….
Richard Edward: “Well, that does it. I am going to plan my trip to George Floyd Square right away. But before I go, I’ll first need to decipher the social justice warriors’ instructions to ensure my behavior will be acceptable to their hall-monitors, whom I am sure will be on duty, cell phone cameras at the ready. These instructions are so wonderfully today’s pop psychology, I am positive they were written by recent graduates from any woke, ivy league school.”
“Mr. Narrator, do you know where I can go to find out how to ‘decenter’? This is important to me. My balance isn’t as good as it used to be, so any ‘decentering’ might have significantly adverse effects on my health and ability to stand upright. If I can’t stand up right, how can I follow the rest of their instructions?”
“Support? I love being a support. That’s something I can get right without any homework. I’ve raised and supported a family, been married four times and thus clearly understand the true meaning of support. Heck, I once single-handedly held up a section of fence until the last post was installed. I can easily go to the location of the Great Fentanyl Incident and hand-out money, along with my deepest personally sympathy, to the race grifters who will inevitably inhabit the sidewalks of said intersection.”
“Be a contributor? You bet. Didn’t I already say I’ve been married four times?”
“Keep my processing to myself or folks of my own race? (So much for reaching out to others.) I guess I can support and contribute to those in the George Floyd matrix without letting it upset me to the point where I become triggered and need to run off, screaming for my safe space. Processing? Well, I used to work in the tech industry and can understand a little about processing, so I guess I’ll be alright with that one, too.”
“I can do this trip, Mr. Narrator. I can make the hajj to George Floyd Square and prostrate myself before the alter of wokeness, asking for forgiveness for being a white, law-abiding citizen; one whose expectations used to be only to ‘treat others as I would like to be treated.’ That life approach is so passé.”
Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, I knew you would get it. There is hope for you to fit somewhere towards the bottom of the new woke, world order. We are so lucky that the sociology majors of the world have shown you your path to redemption.”
If you think that having a Liberal Artx degree and a holier than thou attitude does/doesn’t give one the right to dictate other’s behavior, please make a comment and let Richard Edward and Mr. Narrator know your thoughts.
Two tragic unintended police shootings. The officer responsible for the first and arguably more egregious death was given complete anonymity and was not criminally charged for his actions. His victim was unarmed. She was trespassing in the Capitol building. The other officer’s name was immediately revealed to the public and she was charged criminally within days of the incident. Her victim was armed and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was facing first degree aggravated robbery charges for pointing a gun at and choking a woman (twice) who would not hand over her cash to him. The difference? The color of the victims’ skin. There are now two tiers of justice in America.
The Biden Department of Justice issued a press release on Wednesday to announce they had closed their investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt, the thirty five-year-old Air Force veteran who was shot dead by a U.S. Capitol police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The DOJ “will not pursue criminal charges against the officer involved.” The identity of the officer remains unknown.
The DOJ’s decision sparked no riots, no looting, no destruction. Just sadness.
The statement (printed below) explains that not only would prosecutors have to prove that “the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully,’ which the Supreme Court has interpreted to mean that the officer acted with a bad purpose to disregard the law. As this requirement has been interpreted by the courts, evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent required under Section 242.”
The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer, Kimberly Potter, who mistakenly drew her firearm instead of her Taser and shot Daunte Wright on Sunday, did not do so willfully. Yet, her identity was immediately revealed publicly. Riots erupted in the city. Additional riots broke out in other U.S. cities. And it took only days for her to be charged with second degree manslaughter.
So, what’s the difference? Oh yeah, one victim was white. The other was black.
America is no longer the land of the free. Justice is dead.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and the Civil Rights Division, with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD), conducted a thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt’s shooting. Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy. Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution. Officials from IAD informed a representative of Ms. Babbitt’s family today of this determination.
The investigation determined that, on January 6, 2021, Ms. Babbitt joined a crowd of people that gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inside the Capitol building, a Joint Session of Congress, convened to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, was underway. Members of the crowd outside the building, which was closed to the public during the Joint Session, eventually forced their way into the Capitol building and past U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers attempting to maintain order. The Joint Session was stopped, and the USCP began evacuating members of Congress.
The investigation further determined that Ms. Babbitt was among a mob of people that entered the Capitol building and gained access to a hallway outside “Speaker’s Lobby,” which leads to the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time, the USCP was evacuating Members from the Chamber, which the mob was trying to enter from multiple doorways. USCP officers used furniture to barricade a set of glass doors separating the hallway and Speaker’s Lobby to try and stop the mob from entering the Speaker’s Lobby and the Chamber, and three officers positioned themselves between the doors and the mob. Members of the mob attempted to break through the doors by striking them and breaking the glass with their hands, flagpoles, helmets, and other objects. Eventually, the three USCP officers positioned outside the doors were forced to evacuate. As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out. An officer inside the Speaker’s Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor. A USCP emergency response team, which had begun making its way into the hallway to try and subdue the mob, administered aid to Ms. Babbitt, who was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.
The focus of the criminal investigation was to determine whether federal prosecutors could prove that the officer violated any federal laws, concentrating on the possible application of 18 U.S.C. § 242, a federal criminal civil rights statute. In order to establish a violation of this statute, prosecutors must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officer acted willfully to deprive Ms. Babbitt of a right protected by the Constitution or other law, here the Fourth Amendment right not to be subjected to an unreasonable seizure. Prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so “willfully,” which the Supreme Court has interpreted to mean that the officer acted with a bad purpose to disregard the law. As this requirement has been interpreted by the courts, evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent required under Section 242.
The investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber. Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.
After calling for due process for the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who accidentally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday, City Manager Curt Boganey was fired by the City Council. He had served in this position since 2003.
During a news conference on Monday, Boganey told reporters, “All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that’s all that I can say today.”
A reporter asked Boganey how he felt personally about this case. He replied, “If I were to answer that question, I’d be contradicting what I said a moment ago — which is to say that all employees are entitled to due process and after that due process, discipline will be determined.” He added, “If I were to say anything else, I would actually be contradicting the idea of due process.”
The Daily Caller reports that the city council’s decision to dismiss Boganey was made shortly after his public remarks. The council also turned over command of the police department over to the city’s mayor, Mike Elliott.
Following the meeting, City Council member Kris Lawrence-Anderson commented that Boganey was “doing a great job,” however she “didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on his Tuesday night show he had invited Boganey to appear on his program, but he chose not to do so. Boganey instead issued a statement to Fox which Carlson read to his viewers. Boganey said, “I lost my job, but I still have my integrity,”
Daunte Wright had been pulled over on Sunday by Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year-veteran with the department, and another officer because his license plate had expired.
After running his information through their computer, they learned there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for first degree aggravated assault. This charge resulted from a December 2019 incident in which Wright allegedly choked a woman twice and pointed a pistol at her because she refused to give him $820 in cash she had tucked into her bra. The charging document can be viewed here. I posted about this story here.
As the officers tried to place handcuffs on Wright, he resisted. Officer Potter meant to draw her Taser, and accidentally drew her handgun instead. In doing so, she shot him.
I was surprised that a U.S. president would even suggest that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. But I was gobsmacked when he opened the door to moving the Masters out of Georgia and then went on to cite the state’s new Jim Crow laws in his response. What do we make of a president who singles out an entire state?
Even before dementia began taking its toll on Joe Biden, he was never what one might consider a smart man. Nor was he ever a particularly honest man. But the ease with which he has embraced the radical left’s agenda is stunning.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked, “Mr. President, do you think the Masters golf tournament should be moved out of Georgia?”
“I think that’s up to the Masters. … It is reassuring to see for profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are. … The best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up. Stop it. Stop it.”
President Biden is asked if he supports moving the Masters out of Georgia:
"That's up to the Masters… It is reassuring to see for profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are." pic.twitter.com/mB8tDRnwFe
Um. Didn’t The Washington Post just give him Four Pinocchios for these precise comments last week?
Biden is well aware that he owes his victory to the explosion in mail-in voting and the lax oversight of absentee ballots in November. We get that he’s trying to discourage other states from strengthening their voter ID requirements, but he’s the President of the United States. And he’s lying through his teeth.
He has singled out the state of Georgia. A state in which top Republican officials, including anti-Trumpers Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, were key to his victory.
Biden’s remarks influenced the decision of the MLB commissioner to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, a city which has a black population of over 50 percent. As a result, the city will lose approximately $100 million in expected revenue.
The game will now be played in Denver, Colorado, which has a black population of 9 percent. The state also requires voter ID.
The candidate who campaigned on uniting the country after “the divisiveness” of the Trump Administration, has become the most divisive president we’ve ever had.
But, from the President to the MLB commissioner, they all keep spouting the lies.
What is new (sort of) is that we’re seeing corporations joining the fray. Last week, Delta, American and United Airlines all condemned Georgia for passing election reform legislation.
University of Tennessee professor Glenn Reynolds, better known to conservatives as “Instapundit,” appeared on Fox News’ “Primetime” on Tuesday to make some sense of this.
Host Mark Steyn asked Reynolds, “Why has the business world suddenly turned super Bernie Sanders, AOC left?”
Reynolds explains: “The thing you have to understand first is none of this has anything to do with justice or fairness or concern for the well-being of black people or anyone else. It’s all about power. Woke politics is the state religion of the corporate oligarchs now and they use it to enhance their own power and to suppress their opponents. That’s all it’s about. Everything else is noise. And that’s why it doesn’t make sense, because it’s not meant to make sense. It’s just meant to procure compliance. They hope you’ll just be afraid.”
“How do you push back against it? If you’ve got American, United and Delta all going woke, what do you do? Boycott them and take the Greyhound?” asked Steyn.
“Honestly, you should do what the left does which is you make life unpleasant for their CEOs and other corporate officers. Don’t waste your time with economic boycotts. Send buses full of protestors to the CEO’s house and go to their shareholder meetings and make a big stink and you generally do stuff that reduces their quality of life. The left has done this and it’s worked for them. I think the right is starting to do that and Republican governors are starting to really push back on this in a formidable way for the first time really,” Reynolds said.
In short, we need to start using their tactics against them. We can make a difference. We already have.
Disclose.tv put out a warning on TikTok on Tuesday from Maya Echols, who is a “prominent” Black Lives Matter activist. This woman “threatened that cities will be “on fire” if [former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin] is not convicted for the death of George Floyd.”
In the video below, Echols tells her followers, “If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose. Don’t be surprised when buildings are on fire. Just sayin.”
“Justice” apparently now means people riot in the street if they don’t get the conviction that they want…pic.twitter.com/yeZ62Y6fWN
We don’t need Echols, who by the way is a model with IMG Worldwide, to tell us that.
Still, cities should be prepared in case there are people sitting on that jury who are able to wade through the emotional testimony that prosecutors have so carefully prepared, and see the truth. I don’t expect that to happen, but it’s a possibility.
Interestingly, last month, a Hennepin County, Minnesota judge reinstated the charge of 3rd-degree murder against Chauvin.
This was actually the initial charge in his case. However, following enormous public outrage, including that from the highly partisan Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the charge was upgraded to 2nd-degree murder and a charge of 2nd-degree manslaughter was added.
Ellison issued a statement at that time which read: “The charge of 3rd-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter and felony murder, reflects the gravity of the allegations against Mr. Chauvin. We look forward to presenting all three charges to the jury.” [Emphasis mine.]
To the contrary, the addition, or more accurately the adding back of the original, lesser charge, at least as I see it, signals that prosecutors are less sure of their case than they let on.
If prosecutors added 1st degree murder or manslaughter charges, that would reflect the gravity of the situation.
Cities will probably burn even if Chauvin is convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter or 3rd degree murder. Maybe even if he’s convicted of 2nd degree murder.
Rioting appears to be sport for the folks at Black Lives Matter – just a big party where they even get to burn stuff and if they’re lucky, come away with some nice merchandise too.
Two girls, aged 13 and 15, displayed the callousness of hardened criminals after a 66-year-old man was killed during an armed carjacking in Washington, D.C. The crime occurred on Tuesday afternoon near National Park, according to CNN.
The girls were black, a minor detail CNN left out of their report.
They entered a car owned by Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, an Uber Eats driver.
One of the girls can be seen sitting in the front passenger seat (wearing a pink hoody) as the video below begins. She is agitated because Anwar was not cooperating with her. Although it’s not at all clear, the second girl may be in the middle of the front seat. Anwar has opened the driver’s side door and is half-way in and half-way out of the vehicle.
Suddenly, one of the girls steps on the gas and the car accelerates with Anwar still hanging on. The open driver’s side door hits two lamp posts as the car begins moving faster. Within seconds, we hear screeching brakes followed by a loud impact as it crashes. The car is next seen rolled on its side (the drivers side) and Anwar is dead.
The girls emerge from the top of the wreck. A crowd has gathered. Among them are several men wearing army fatigues. Perhaps they are National Guard troops. The girls know they can’t run.
The girl in the pink hoodie realizes her cell phone was left in the car and begins walking back to retrieve it. She walks right by Anwar’s lifeless body, ignoring it. “My cell phone’s in there,” she shouts. She is lead away from the car by one of the men.
Police told CNN that the girls had tasered Anwar during the carjacking. They were charged with felony murder and armed carjacking.
The CNN report says the 13-year-old is from the southeast section of DC and the 15-year-old is from Fort Washington, Maryland.
According to the GoFundMe page set up for Anwar’s family, Anwar, who “immigrated from Pakistan in 2014” … “was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love, and miss him dearly.”