You can take this to the bank. The dogs directly responsible for this are Comrade de Blasio, Race-Card Al, and Emperor Barry in that order. In fact as far as de Blasio is concerned he might as well have pulled the trigger. It was just a few days ago The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued a warning to de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty.
“Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”
As a Caucasian I'm pissed off. But I'm not going to lower my pants 10 inches and loot Best Buy stealing a 55" Samsung HD TV and then allege I did it out of "respect and devotion" for the two slain police officers. I'm not a gratuitous animal like those in Ferguson. Don't hold your breath waiting for Stedman to show up in NY to designate >this< a racist hate crime.
I wonder if these two police officers will get the same notoriety as the worthless waste of skin... Saint Skittles and Saint Swisher?
Just to show you what a dumbass the shooter (Ismaaiyl Brinsley) was...
These are the two "white" cops the asshole shot and killed.
BTW... I wonder if Brinsley will qualify for sainthood. One attribute to his credit... he does have a long criminal record.
Authorities say cop killer wanted retaliation for Michael Brown, Eric Garner deaths
The gunman who ambushed and murdered two NYPD officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn vowed to kill police in a number of social media posts that vowed retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, authorities said.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, wrote on his Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," hours before the killings, two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed for The Associated Press. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. The post also included an image of a silver handgun and the message, "This may be my final post. The post had more than 200 likes but also had many others admonishing his statements.
Police said Brinsley, who was black, approached the passenger window of a marked police car at approximately 2:45 p.m. local time and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head. The officers -- one Hispanic, one Asian -- were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
"They were, quite simply, assassinated -- targeted for their uniform," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center, where the officers were pronounced dead Saturday evening.
"Our city is in mourning. Our hearts are heavy," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke softly with moist eyes. "It is an attack on all of us."
Moist eyes or crocodile tears?
Scores of officers in uniform lined up three rows deep at the hospital driveway. The line stretched into the street. Officers raised their hands in a silent salute as two ambulances bore away the slain officers' bodies. The mayor ordered flags at half-staff.
Brinsley fled to to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head as a subway train door full of people closed. A silver handgun was recovered at the scene, Bratton said. The New York Post reported that the recovered gun matches the one in the Instagram picture.
A second Instagram post dated just after the shooting showed the same camouflage pants and distinctive blue sneakers worn by the gunman as his body was carried from the scene on a stretcher.
Late Saturday, authorities in Baltimore County, Md. said that Brimsley had shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at an apartment complex in Owings Mills early in the morning before traveling to New York. County police told The Baltimore Sun that the unidentified woman was in serious condition, but was expected to survive.
The Washington Post reported that authorities in Maryland became aware of the threatening Instagram posts by Brimsley at around 1:30 p.m. local time. They were able to trace the posts and Brimsley's phone to a location in Brooklyn and contacted the NYPD's 70th Precinct to alert them that he was in the area. At the same time, authorities faxed a "Wanted" poster to the NYPD with more information about Brimsley. Around the time of the shooting, another message with the same information was sent to New York's "real-time crime center."
"The tragedy here was that just as the warning was coming in, the murder was occurring," Bratton said Saturday evening.
Brinsley had a history of arrests in Georgia for robbery, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Bratton said his last-known address was in Georgia, but he had some ties to Brooklyn.
Ramos was married with a 13-year-old son and had another in college, police and a friend told the Associated Press. He had been on the job since 2012 and was a school safety officer. Liu had been on the job for seven years and got married two months ago.
Rosie Orengo, a friend of Ramos, said he was heavily involved in their church and encouraged others in their marriages.
"He was an amazing man. He was the best father and husband and friend," she said. "Our peace is knowing that he's OK, and we'll see him in heaven."
The shooting comes at a time when police in New York and nationwide have been criticized by some over the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner, who was stopped by police for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck in what some have described as a chokehold and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard saying, "I can't breathe" and later died.
Demonstrators around the country have held protests since a grand jury decided on Dec. 3 not to indict the officer involved in Garner's death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Brown, 18.
Several New York officers were assaulted during demonstrations, including one event that drew thousands to the Brooklyn Bridge and at which two lieutenants were attacked.
"I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today," civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement. "Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases."
This is rich! Al was on his soapbox as they chanted... What do we want...dead cops. Now he comes up with this sanctimonious horse shit?
The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and De Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the decision not to indict the officer in Garner's death. Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job. De Blasio was also criticized for not speaking out about the two lieutenants who were assaulted in the protest at the Brooklyn Bridge.
"Had Mayor Bill de Blasio been forceful from the onset when the two lieutenants were attacked, one has to question as to whether this murderous psycho would have been compelled to target our heroic brother and sister in New York's Finest," Jon Adler, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association told Fox News in a statement.
"That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor," Lynch said late Saturday. "After the funerals, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable."
The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison. Ask yourself this. You think Barry will be filing adoption papers for Wenjin and Rafael?
Obama phones Boston radio show and identifies himself as a caller 'formerly of Somerville'
Interesting, he can find the time to make a meaningless phone call to a radio talk show… but it was simply to much trouble placing a call to the Mexican president choosing instead to allow Tahmooressi to rot 214 days in a Mexican prison.
When Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick sits down to field calls on his monthly Boston Public Radio phone in, he usually expects to be the most powerful person on the phone.
But then he got a call from an altogether unexpected guest.
'Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,' the mysterious caller told BPR's Ask The Governor. 'I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time...'
At first, a somewhat bewildered Gov. Patrick assumed it was a hoax, responding: 'You're kidding, Mr. President. Who is this impersonator? You're very good. Who is this really?'
Surprise: Gov. Patrick (left) was fielding calls from listeners when a mystery guest turned out to be President Barack Obama wishing him well after life as Massachusetts' governor
But within a few moments, he realised it was in fact the real President of the United States of America, referring to the Boston suburb where Mr Obama lived while studying law at Harvard University.
It brought a humorous end to Gov. Patrick's tenure as head of the executive branch of Massachusetts' state government, a position he will leave in the new year.
For the past eight years, Patrick has joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on the radio each month to field calls from listeners. And yesterday's show was his final chance to bid his supporters farewell.
During the call, Mr Obama went on to wish him well upon leaving his post, telling him: 'I want to find out how it is that you got Massachusetts so strong and moving in the right direction.'
THE PRESIDENT'S ON THE PHONE: HOW THE CONVERSATION BEGAN
Barack Obama: 'Hello?'
Jim Braude: 'Hello, sir. Yes, you're on with Gov. Deval Patrick.'
Barack Obama: 'Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time...'
Deval Patrick: 'You're kidding, Mr. President. Who is this impersonator? You're very good. Who is this really?'
Barack Obama: 'I want to find out how it is that you got Massachusetts so strong and moving in the right direction.'
Deval Patrick: 'Mr. President, you know I love you, but you still have trouble saying Massachusetts. You know that don't you?'
Barack Obama: 'You know, there's a little lisp thing that develops when I say Massachusetts.I know how to spell it, though.'
(He learned how to spell it right after he found out there are 57 states)
Deval Patrick: 'Indeed you do. And you know where it is. You've been a great friend to all of us. Thank you.'
He went on to tell him: 'I just wanted to call in and let my dear friend know how proud I am. Deval, you've done good, man.'
The conversation turned to Patrick's achievements, as Mr Obama lauded an increased health care access, student education, clean energy, and even the Boston Red Sox's two championships under Gov. Patrick's governorship.
'Should I take credit for that, too?' Patrick said.
'You started with an outstanding state, but you have burnished it and polished it and, most importantly, you have gotten people involved,' the president said.
The governor said those words meant a lot to him. The state's first black governor, Patrick himself has been mentioned as a possible future White House contender, though he has ruled out a bid in 2016.
The hosts didn't let Obama off unscathed, though.
'Mr. President, you paid all those parking tickets in Somerville, correct?' referring to 17 parking tickets Obama received when he lived in Cambridge and Somerville while attending Harvard Law School.
'I think I had to before I took office,' Mr Obama replied. 'Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to step into the Commonwealth without being arrested.'
ST. LOUIS — In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.
It was there, they said, that low-income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to larger problems. If left unpaid, a $75 ticket for driving with expired tags could eventually bring an arrest warrant and even jail time. This only happens to blacks. All Caucasians get a free pass.
So courts began an experimental amnesty program designed to give offenders a second chance by waiving those warrants. But the effort is attracting relatively few participants, despite a renewed emphasis on municipal court reform after Brown’s death last summer in Ferguson.
St. Louis County’s jumble of more than 80 municipal courts has been targeted by some public-interest lawyers who say the courts are virtual debtor’s prisons, extracting fines and fees from poor drivers and using the money to fund local governments, which in some cases serve just a few hundred residents.
“They make people poor, and they keep people poor,” said Thomas Harvey of the nonprofit legal clinic ArchCity Defenders, which is suing Ferguson and six other small cities, alleging they collect illegal municipal court fees.
Missouri’s auditor is reviewing the finances of several such courts statewide, including Ferguson, and some legislators want to limit the amount of money small cities can collect from traffic violations.
Critics of the traffic courts describe prolonged legal nightmares that can begin with tickets for driving with a suspended license or without proof of required inspections, what Harvey called “crimes of poverty.”
Driving with a suspended license is deemed
“Crimes of poverty?"
These are the top three reasons a person has their license suspended.
1. Point Accumulation
Most states have a point system that assigns points to both minor and major traffic offenses. Once a driver reaches a certain number of points within a predetermined time period, he ends up with a suspended license.
License suspension for point accumulation usually lasts for a predetermined time period, the length of which depends on the number of points.
2. Repeat Violations
Generally, repeat violations (also called habitual offenses) refer to racking up a certain number of specific violations within a specific time frame.
For example, several states suspend licenses after drivers commit a certain number of reckless driving offenses (usually two or three) within a specific time frame (usually 12 months to three years).
NOTE: Depending on your state, you could receive a “habitual offender” status for getting a certain number of convictions within a certain time period, regardless of the specific violations.
3. Serious Offenses
Depending on your state, some serious violations (or convictions) lead to immediate license suspension.
Maybe Barry should decree another Executive Order.
If you like your license you can keep your license period. No matter what.
Defendants unable to pay those fines or hire an attorney to negotiate a plea deal may then miss their court dates or fail to sign up for installment-payment plans. Judges issue failure-to-appear warrants, which can lead to larger fines and court costs and even jail time on top of the original penalties, not to mention time missed from work or school.
Robert Lamont Douglas, 39, was recently issued five citations in the village of Bel-Ridge for traffic violations that included driving without insurance and failing to register his car. What were the other 3 for? How is it you can afford to buy a car but can't afford to register it?
“The main question was, ‘Am I wanted or do I have drugs in the car,’” Douglas said. “I was singled out because I was black. The assumption is I must have warrants, drugs or guns.” Perhaps this may have something to do with it.
A 2013 report by the Missouri attorney general’s office found that Ferguson police stopped and arrested black drivers nearly twice as frequently as white motorists but were also less likely to find contraband among black drivers. Race breakdown in Ferguson:
Black alone - 13,753 (64.9%)
White alone - 6,494 (30.6%)
Two or more races - 437 (2.1%)
Asian alone - 263 (1.2%)
Hispanic - 156 (0.7%)
American Indian alone - 34 (0.2%)
Other race alone - 45 (0.2%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 23 (0.1%)
The amnesty program in the city of St. Louis allows defendants who face arrest for failing to appear in municipal court to reschedule those hearings without penalty. But it has attracted fewer than 4,000 participants out of 75,000 who are eligible, despite an aggressive outreach campaign. Which tells you what? Most lack any sense of responsibility even when given a second chance.
The story is similar in St. Louis County, where just a few hundred people have opted for an amnesty program that requires a $100 payment to wipe out traffic-court arrest warrants. Both efforts continue through the end of the year.
In Ferguson, the city no longer issues failure-to-appear warrants and is dismissing the charge in pending cases. Elected officials in September voted to cap municipal court revenues at 15 percent of revenue, eliminated a fee for towing cars and forgave warrants for nearly 600 defendants.
Today President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate signed into law sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans with No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.
"Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing."
In a Capitol Hill press conference, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).
Under the Americans with No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.
Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.
Finally, the Americans with No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, "Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?"
"As a non-abled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. "This new law should be real good for people like me. I'll finally have job security." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Said Sen. Dick Durbin, II: "As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so."
This message was approved by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.