Monday, January 16, 2017

Crime

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Seven hundred and sixty-two. That is how many people were murdered in Chicago last year; an appalling number not seen in two decades. Twelve people were killed over Father’s Day weekend in 2016. Another dozen were murdered over the recent Christmas holiday. And, the city’s liberal leaders — including “The Godfather” Rahm Emanuel — stand slack-jawed and clueless at how to stop this tide of violence washing over the Windy City.

Obviously, the City has a serious problem. But it is not a gun violence problem, or a gun control problem. Chicago is dealing with a complex and multi-faceted cultural problem of violence; the resolution of which requires throwing out the Left’s usual playbook — blame it on the Second Amendment – and replacing it with a “pro-police, tough-on-crime” strategy.

Unfortunately for the citizens of this major metropolitan area, this is something Chicago officials appear unwilling to do. To them, it’s not Chicago’s problem, but everyone else’s. “We border Indiana and Wisconsin, which have really lax gun laws,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN. “We know that people from Chicago go across the border, fill up gym bags with illegal weapons from gun shows and things of that nature and they come back here and sell them to the gangs.” This is the same song and dance trotted out by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, whenever he was questioned about high levels of gun violence in the Big Apple – blame other states for your failures.

Illinois legislators see the problem through the same blinders as city officials. In recent years, they have made it increasingly difficult, if not virtually impossible for low income residents — who are among those most at risk to be injured or killed by gun violence – to defend themselves by buying and possessing firearms for self-defense.

Caught in the middle between Emanuel and his gun-control gang at City Hall, and the Democrat-controlled state legislature in Springfield, are the victims of their shortsightedness.

As shocking as are Chicago’s 2016 murder statistics, this level of violence is neither a new phenomenon facing a major city, nor one requiring rocket science to resolve. Other cities, including Richmond, Virginia in the 1990s and New York City in the 1980s, faced high levels of gang activity and gun violence. They stemmed the tide in large measure by effective policing, and by institutionalizing cooperation between law enforcement at all levels of government – federal, state and local.

Fundamentally, what Chicago needs is strong, consistent policing; along with a political structure and community leaders who actually support the police, and who will work collaboratively to build a criminal justice system that is swift, consistent and certain.

An example of this approach can be found in the 1990s, in a crime strategy adopted by then-Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia and the United States Attorney’s office, responding to a rash of gun crimes in Richmond. These bipartisan officials (Gilmore was Republican and the U.S. Attorney was an appointee of President Bill Clinton) took the position that anyone caught using a firearm in the commission of a crime, would be turned over to federal authorities for prosecution. This reflected the fact that the more extensive resources available to federal prosecutors and the tougher sentences under the federal system, meant that cases did not languish in the state system, and that once convicted, the criminals faced lengthy mandatory sentences. “Project Exile” worked, and gun violence dropped significantly.

Unfortunately, neither the current mayor of Chicago nor the current U.S. Attorney General, would support such an approach; both are too busy blaming the police and the Second Amendment for gun violence.

In fact, a 2014 audit of federal prosecutions shows a dramatic decrease in federal gun-crime prosecutions under Obama, as the DOJ has found it more politically expedient to harass gun show attendees, than actually pursue the criminals on the street responsible for the violence such as witnessed on Chicago’s mean streets.

But there is a sparkle of light at the end of the tunnel.

President-elect Trump, and his choice for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, understand that it is the criminals who commit gun violence; and that resolving the crisis requires a refocusing of priorities and tactics within the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. Therein may lie the best hope for Chicago’s beleaguered citizens now being whipsawed between merciless thugs and gangs and do-nothing political leaders.

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For criminals interested a little car jacking, they would be wise to avoid a four door white pickup on their streets.

As shown in this video, an armed criminal attempts to scare the occupant of this truck from the driver’s seat, but as a pedestrian clears the line of fire, the would-be-thief gets crumpled by the bullets that spray through the driver’s side window.

The video, which was posted on Instragram, seems to be authentic although no other details are given about what appears to be security camera footage.

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Officer Collin Rose, 29, was shot and killed while responding to different larceny calls in the area just off the Wayne State University campus in Detroit.

Rose was shot in the head and died when he attempted to stop a suspect. The suspect, DeAngelo Davis is now in custody and being charged with first-degree murder. – http://fox17online.com/2016/11/25/wayne-state-charges/

Rose didn’t survive the shooting, but his K-9 partner, Wolverine lived and is now struggling with the death of his partner.

It was Wolverine that lead the procession into the massive Ford Field as hundreds of people came to pay their respects to the fallen officer on Wednesday.

The killing of such a well-liked officer was difficult for the community, but it was his partner, Wolverine that took it especially hard.

Wolverine had a hard time seeing his partner in the casket and tried to pull away according to reports. Officers and their K-9 partners create incredible bonds, and it was visibly stressful and difficult for Wolverine to lose his partner.

Wolverine wasn’t alone, the K-9 Unit came out in full force with over 100 other dogs to support and honor their fellow fallen officer, Collin Rose.

Rose also left behind a girlfriend he wanted to marry and is the third police officer killed in Detroit in less than two months.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the funeral expenses for the Rose family that reached the goal of $70,000 in one week. –

Do you have any stories of the bond between man and his best friend? Share with us in the comments below.

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trump sign

People hate Trump because they say he is dangerous, but his detractors are stealing and beating people to prove their point.

The latest craze is people stealing Trump signs, and some of the sign owners are being beaten for protecting their property.

Here is a woman assaulted and her sign stolen (the video was filmed by one of the thieves).

The sign stealing has become a big thing; they are disappearing all over the United States.

Then there is this guy who just runs over a Trump sign with his car. The idiot was dumb enough to post the video online and he got arrested.

If you have a sign, we don’t recommend doing this, but here is how one guy stopped people from stealing his signs.

This election is getting out of hand and people are getting hurt just for supporting a major party candidate for president.

Most of America can’t wait for this election to be over, but either way this thing turns out it feels like it is only going to get worse.

Do you have a Trump sign? Has it been stolen? Let us know in the comments below.

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An illegal alien pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing a coworker in her home, stealing $6,000 from her, and then lighting her body on fire.

Juan Jimenez-Olivera, 30, met Sviatlana Dranko, also 30, when they were worked at the same pizza parlor in New Jersey–until April 29, 2014, when New Jersey police found the burned remains of Dranko after responding to a fire call.

Jimenez-Olivera allegedly raped Dranko–though that charge was dropped as part of his plea deal–and then strangled her.

In an attempt to cover up his crime, he placed a pillow case over her head and lit her on fire using a lighter.

Jimenez-Olivera sits in a county jail and will be sentenced in mid-September. He faces a recommended 30-year sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder count.

But if Jimenez-Olivera does manage to get a sentence that allows for parole, he might wind up a permanent resident of the United States in his old age: apparently Mexico might refuse to take him back.

Jimenez-Olivera’s sentence comes on the back of other high-profile murders by illegal aliens–including Kate Steinle, a 30-year-old San Francisco woman who was gunned down by an illegal alien while walking through a touristy plaza with her dad.

It also comes after controversial comments made by Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who pointed out that–despite the narrative on the Left, about the so-called “DREAMers,” illegal adults who came over as children–many illegal aliens do not come over with the purest intentions.

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LATEST UPDATE – The suspect in the Charleston shooting, 21 year old Dylann Roof, has been caught in North Carolina.

9:00pm on Wednesday night, Dylann Roof, 21, walked in and started shooting inside a church in historic Charleston, South Carolina. At 110 Calhoun Street, which is home to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the shooter left 9 victims in his wake and fled the scene.

There is an active manhunt for the suspect. The FBI released the suspect’s picture and name and the Charleston Police Department is requesting any information related to the shooting and the suspect.

The police do not believe that the suspect has left the area. In fact there are a number of reports suggesting that the suspect is still in the area and threating to shoot up other places until he is caught.

The church is a predominantly African American and is the oldest AME church in the south according to the church’s website.

The crime has been called a “hate” crime being that the shooter was white and all his victims were black. There has been no real evidence to prove this is the case. The Mayor was the first to call the crime a hate crime.

“This is an unspeakable and unfathomable act by somebody filled with hate and a deranged mind.” – Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph Riley

A spokesman for the Justice Department says that federal officials are going to open an investigation into a hate crime. The FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for South Carolina are also opening up investigations.

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Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck pleaded guilty to fourth-degree statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy earlier this week after begin indicted last year on charges of rape, unlawful sexual contact and providing alcohol to minors.

Shattuck must register as a sex offender and may be ordered to serve up to 15 years in jail when she is sentenced in August.

Shattuck, 48, was accused in November of sexually abusing one of her son’s classmates, including performing oral sex on him in a rented vacation house in Bethany Beach.

She was seated at a trial table with her attorney, Eugene Maurer, and showed no obvious emotion as stood from her seat when Judge E. Scott Bradley entered the courtroom. The judge turned the pages of the plea agreement and then posed series of questions.

“Did you commit the offense you are pleading guilty to?” he asked.

“Yes,” Shattuck said.

A number of other charges, including more serious third-degree rape counts, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Michael W. Modica, a former Delaware prosecutor, said the deal was consistent with precedent saying the sentencing guidelines called for up to two years in prison – a recommended sentence not binding on the judge. Modica, now a defense attorney said:

“I don’t think she was treated any differently because she was a woman…” “She’s looking at a pretty serious potential sentence.”

As part of the plea, Shattuck agreed to no unsupervised contact with children, except her own, and to have DNA and HIV tests as well as a mental health evaluation that will include “sexual disorder counseling.”

Modica added that the most serious consequence of her plea is that she’ll have to register as a sex offender for 25 years in Delaware. And because she lives in Maryland, Delaware police will notify Maryland officials, who will consider whether she needs to register under Maryland law.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Baltimore County District Court, the illicit affair began in May 2014 when Shattuck began a flirtation with the boy on the social networking site Instagram. The boy’s identity was not disclosed in press reports about the case.

What began as flirting crossed the line into physical contact and then rape when Shattuck took the boy out of school to kiss him in the back seat of her Escalade.

Then, over Labor Day weekend while on vacation with her children at Bethany Beach, she performed oral sex on him twice according to investigators.

At the time of the assault, Shattuck was in the process of separation from her husband so she could forged “a new, independent identity” according to The Baltimore Sun. But rape charges “left Shattuck’s carefully crafted image as a devoted mother and charity worker in tatters.”

According to The Baltimore Sun:

“Shattucks’ divorce, which ended a 17-year marriage, was finalized days after a nine-count indictment against her was unsealed in November.

Custody arrangements for their three children have not been publicized, but Modica said her ex-husband could use the rape conviction as ammunition in any dispute.”

Shattuck, who was free on an $84,000 bond, pleaded guilty the day before a hearing that was to be the last pretrial hearing before the case headed to trial.

After the hearing, Shattuck stared at a half-dozen reporters seated in the benches before retiring to the trial table where she stood until one of her lawyers led her into the public gallery where she signed some paperwork before being led by her attorney to private room to talk.

Outside, some onlookers waited on the pavement in front of the courthouse eager to see who the news cameras were waiting for.

Shattuck, surrounded by a group of women supporters who had been with her all day, emerged from the building and crossed the street to a waiting SUV. Shattuck ignored questions as she entered the SUV and drove off.

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murdered-blonde-girl

Lacie LaRose, 19, was a pretty blonde college student attending a graduation party at Blinn College in Texas. She was shot and killed over a fight that began as an argument over a beer pong game.

Her killer is now claiming that the students at the party are all a bunch of racists.

Ronald McNeil, the 39-year-old alleged killer, crashed the graduation party with some of his friends. After they got in a heated argument with the host, Landon Duke, about the rules of beer pong, they were asked to leave–and a physical altercation took place, where a number of college students had to physically drag them out of the party.

McNeil returned with a pistol–and proceeded to shoot up the house.

LaRose had gone out to the backyard at that exact moment to bring more beer inside, and was hit and killed by one of the 14 bullets fired by McNeil. Two more partygoers were also injured.

McNeil claims that he was only trying to “scare” the predominately white group of college students at the party with his pistol, and fired his gun accidentally. That’s a story a bit harder to believe considering he fired it 14 times.

But, even more baffling McNeil claims that the whole thing was a response to “racism” from the college students. McNeil claimed that attendees “were yelling racial slurs and beating up his friend.”

Duke, the host of the party, said he didn’t recall any slurs being used–and that the situation only escalated into physical violence because the party crashes, including McNeil, simply refused to leave otherwise.

McNeil, after killing LaRose, dragged her body into the garage, where Duke quickly found her after coming outside upon hearing the shots. McNeil was caught fleeing by College Station police.

McNeil is currently sitting at the Brazos County Jail, having been charged with murder, deadly conduct, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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In a bizarre effort to prevent rape on college campuses, the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded almost $600,000 to the University of New Hampshire to create an online video game – aimed at college age men – to teach them about rape and sexual assault prevention.

According to the grant request, the video game, which can also be played on a smartphone, is designed to “deliver a prevention strategy to men in an online application, a format that they use daily, male participants will report increased attention to the message.” Huh?

The university is using the grant to create an Interactive Simulation Video Game “Advisory Board” comprised of “professionals from the behavioral sciences, victim services, prevention, public health, criminal justice, and game design fields.”

The game will be based on the university’s sexual prevention program (sexual prevention?) and bystander marketing campaign (?) to sell posters that depict conversations about rape.

After it is developed, the video game will be tested on 480 students.

How the students will be selected… using what criteria to learn if a “sexual prevention program” (written by whom with what qualifications pursuing what agenda) is effective… with no control group (unless the students are divided equally between those who have committed raped and those who have not) were issues not addressed in the grant request.

“Practicing is the key to prevention,” said Sharyn Potter, the co-director of the University of New Hampshire’s Prevention Innovations sexual violence prevention program who is leading the video game project. We need to go to our target audience and make sure we’re doing this right.”

Target audience? Practice? Practice what?

She added that the game would seek to depict “real life” college parties for students to practice bystander skills.

“We’ve found that if the scenario doesn’t look like a party they would go to on a Saturday night, the intervention is not effective,” Potter said. “It really has to resonate with college students, or there’s no sense in doing this.”

What “intervention” is, how its’ effectiveness can be measured and why the entire exercise is based on the premise that “sexual assault and violence” are routine activities at parties were also questions that went unaddressed. And to muck things up even further:

“The game will be based on the University’s “Bringing in the Bystander” In-Person Prevention Program and the “Know Your Power” Bystander Social Marketing Campaign.”

The marketing campaign features posters of “guy talk,” which tries to depict “real” conversations between students about sexual assault.

“My friend Jeff is the man,” a young man in one poster says. “He got this girl passed out drunk and then nailed her.”

“You’ve got to be kidding. Your friend raped her,” replies another. “Your friend is pathetic.”

In another example, “Guy Talk 2,” the friend Jeff “banged this passed out chick at the party last night.” A good response is “That’s so not cool. What’s wrong with you? Your friend is messed up!”

“Guy Talk 3” appears to imply that a man plans on raping another man he met online. “I met this guy online. He’s coming to my apartment and I’m getting him drunk. We’re hooking up whether he wants to or not.” “That’s not okay,” a friend replies. “That’s rape.”

“Guy Talk 4” shows a group of frat boys planning a party, as one says he won’t drink to “make sure the guys stay in line.” “Good call,” his friend replies. “We don’t want a repeat of the rape that happened last year.”

Other posters depict dorm rape scenes, parties and a lesbian yelling at her girlfriend.

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A joint federal and state welfare fraud investigation ended this week in Alabama with simultaneous police raids at 11 locations and 17 arrests related to improper transactions involving the SNAP food stamp system.

According to authorities, the early morning raids named “Operation T-bone” involved local convenience stores accused by Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls of buying Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards from benefit recipients for half the actual value that were then “flipped” for more expensive food from wholesalers.

As a result, food stamp recipients collected cash to buy prohibited items that included alcohol and tobacco – products they are barred from buying with their welfare benefits. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Raulston said:

“(Welfare recipients) are selling their cards to get those things.” “Part of the problem, in my opinion, is now they don’t have their food stamps card so they don’t have the money to take care of their families or themselves…” “I think it’s a huge cycle of remaining impoverished.”

EBT debit cards were introduced by the government to replace “paper” food stamps in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)… to take the stigma out of presenting paper food stamps for payment in grocery lines in front of third parties… and to dispense benefits to recipients each month electronically.

According to Connor Wolf writing for The Daily Caller:

“The investigation itself was a huge effort by local and federal agencies, including the District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Gardendale Police Department, the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Secret Service along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which administers the federal SNAP program.”

Chris Clark, the lead investigator in the case for the district attorney’s office, told the Alabama Media Group that it was the largest cooperative investigation he had ever been a part of and that participating agencies did anything they could to help – a partnership that Clark looks forward to continuing in the future.

Wolf continued his report by saying:

“SNAP is the nation’s largest food-assistance program. According to a report from the USDA, the program has increased from 17 million participants in 2000 to nearly 47 million in 2014. The size alone has prompted concern among many lawmakers of the potential for abuse.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the nation’s many nutrition assistance programs, reports that trafficking in SNAP debit cards diverts an estimated $858 million each year from the food assistance.

Food stamp critics believe the rate is much higher citing the fact that the latest food stamp fraud numbers available from the government are only as current as 2011. Millions of recipients have been added to the SNAP program over the last four years.

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