Friday, January 20, 2017

Murder

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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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Following the most tumultuous presidential election in history, it is easy to forget what happened in January of 2016.

On January 2, 2016 around two dozen Americans chose to challenge the authority of the federal government and did so by entering and occupying the structures within the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

The group was led by Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who had become nationally known for a 2014 standoff with the feds at his ranch in Nevada.

The group of men were peacefully armed for defensive purposes and communicating regularly with the press, however, state and local law enforcement officials, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations became increasingly hostile as the group grew to as many as forty men.

On January 21, 2016, Ammon Bundy met with FBI investigators about the federal government relinquishing control of the refuge. Ammon and the FBI agreed to meet again the next day to continue negotiations, but the government agents declined to speak at the second meeting as media cameras were present.

Days later on January 26, state, and federal law enforcement officers created a “traffic stop” to apprehend the leaders of the occupation.

LaVoy Finicum, a cattle rancher from Arizona was the driver of one of the vehicles stopped by law enforcement.

Finicum, with his passengers, drove away from the first stop and as they approached another roadblock one mile down the road, they were fired upon by Oregon State Police.

Finicum veered his truck into a snow bank to avoid incoming gun fire then quickly exited the vehicle with his arms in the air.

As LaVoy left his truck, he was fired upon by two FBI agents . . . who missed. One round bounced off of the roof of the truck while another injured one of Finicum’s passengers.

The FBI agents failed to report the first rounds that were fired and even went so far as to pick up their rifle casings and dispose of them.

A later investigation found the FBI agents were responsible the instigating rounds but no punitive action is known to have been taking against the federal agents.

Moments after the missed shots from the FBI agents, Finicum was shot dead by Oregon State Troopers.

They state he was reaching for a 9mm Ruger in his coat pocket although the accusation is disputed by Finicum’s family.

The stand off ended on February 11th of that year and over two dozen Americans have been charged with numerous federal offenses.

On May 12, several Arizona politicians wrote to Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, requesting that the investigation into LaVoy Finicum’s death be reopened.

Finicum’s widow plans a lawsuit against the Oregon State Police and the FBI for civil rights violations.

The narrative of the occupation of the wildlife refuge and the death of LaVoy Finicum has also changed over the past year.

Ammon Bundy, Finicum and others are being described as “militants” for historic purposes and reports of vandalism and other acts take precedence over the conduct of the federal government during the stand off.

While law enforcement officials have concluded that the shooting was “justified,” critics note that Finicum had been fired upon several times by both the Oregon State Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

As what point is it justified to defend yourself if being shot at by government officials?

Comment below.

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A female U.S. Army soldier

Pfc. Shadow McClaine went missing on Labor Day and three months later, we are finally getting some haunting answers as two suspects are charged.

This week, two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell were charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy of their fellow soldier.

Jamal Williams-McCray and Charles Robinson have both been charged after McClaine’s car was found several months ago, abandoned in a parking lot.

McClaine had taken some days off to dog sit for a friend in nearby Clarksville, Tennessee when she didn’t return to her job as an air traffic control tower operator, the Army alerted authorities.

Her car was found a couple of days later and now a few months later two soldiers have been charged in her death.

This story takes a sad turn when we learn that the 25-year old McClaine was actually the ex-wife of one of the suspects.

McClaine and Jamal Williams-McCray were married, but got a divorce a year ago according to Fox News.

According to her mother, McClaine was planning on leaving the military this past October, and continuing her education.

The charges were just placed on the two soldiers and now the court process begins.

Pfc. Shadow McClaine was a great American and an honorable member of our military. She had served since 2011 and defended our country in Afghanistan and was also stationed in South Korea.

If found guilty, what should happen to the two men suspected of killing Shadow McClaine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dallas Police

The Dallas Police Chief David Brown has done a remarkable job holding his city together and keeping his police force focused on solutions and not vengeance.

Chief Brown has done such an amazing job that it is shocking to find out that in 2010 his 27-year old son shot and killed a police officer and another man in a shootout.

The chief’s son suffered from bipolar disorder and was a very troubled man at times.

Brown had only been the chief at that point for just under two months when he found out that his son killed two people and died in a shootout with police. That shooting took place on Father’s Day.

After seeing what happened in Dallas last week, we think we know what kind of man David Brown is, but he is even stronger than we know.

Following the death of this son, Chief Brown set up a meeting with each of the victims family to apologize.

He is a tough man that knows what it feels like to grieve. Drug dealers killed Brown’s brother in 1991.

Brown has been on the force for over three decades and even lost his partner in a shootout. Brown stayed with his partner’s kids all night when they found out their father died in the hospital.

When Brown became chief of police, he fired close to 70 officers. He got rid of the bad apples. Chief Brown is one man that is doing things right.

Chief Brown is a strong man. He knows what it is like to be a grieving family member. He knows what it is like to witness a partner being killed. He knows what it is like to face corruption. He knows what it is like to be the father of a killer.

With all that Brown has learned over his life, we now know how fortunate Dallas really is to have a man of such integrity leading them through this horrible time.

Thank you Chief Brown.

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parrot

Well, this is a story you don’t read every day. A Michigan court is trying to decide if a parrot can be used as a witness to a murder. That’s right, a parrot. A “polly wants a cracker” kind of bird.

Last year, Martin Duram was found dead in his Michigan home with multiple gunshots. His wife Glenna is the main suspect.

The family and police think the couple argued over money and bills and then Glenna pulled out a gun and shot her husband.

There were no human witness of the crime, but their parrot keeps repeating words that make it appear that Glenna really did kill Martin.

The parrot kept repeating a conversation and apparently it was the conversation that Marin had with his wife before the crime occurred.

“Get out” and “Don’t f*ck*ng shoot me” are two of the phrases that the bird started quoting just weeks after the killing. The family and prosecutors say these were Martin’s last words before his wife shot him.

Can the bird really be used as a witness? Maybe.

The courts in Michigan are trying to decide if the parrot’s testimony will even be allowed in court, but it isn’t out of the question.

When asked about the case, the prosecuting attorney Robert Springstead made the following comment about the parrot.

“It’s an interesting novelty and it’s been a great opportunity for me to learn about African parrots. It is something we are going to be looking at to determine if it’s reliable to use or if its information we need to prosecute this case.”

Check back to Liberty News Now as we follow this strange case.

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Clintons

A UN official due in court for tax fraud on Monday died over the weekend and conspiracy theorists are looking at the Clintons.

In 1993, a lawyer from Arkansas who was the childhood friend of Bill and former coworker of Hillary was found dead because of an apparent suicide. The conspiracy theories haven’t stopped since then, but now a new “conveniently timed” death could spark new conspiracy theories.

John Ashe was due in court today, but he never made it.

The United Nations officially said Ashe died of a heart attack. Local law enforcement think differently.

Local officials in Westchester Country think that Ashe died because of a crushed windpipe–.that a barbell fell on his throat while he was lifting weights.

The confusion about the cause of death is odd to say the least. Another thing that is odd is the connection between John Ashe and the Clintons.

John Ashe is a disgrace. He was under investigation for tax fraud with his co-defendant, Ng Lap Seng, a Chinese businessman who is charged with sneaking $4.5 million into the US.

Ashe and Seng worked together and Seng is considered a “bagman” for the Clintons.

A 1998 report identified Ng Lap Seng as the source of almost a million dollars that was illegally funneled to the DNC through an Arkansas business owner during the time Bill Clinton was in the White House.

Ng was never charged with a crime.

The death of John Ashe is unique, because in court Ashe’s connection to Seng and to the Clintons would have come out during prosecution. The entire event would be embarrassing to the Clintons and that is something they don’t need right now.

The local police are keeping the case open and are conducting an autopsy.

The lawyer to Ashe, Jeremy Schneider, does not think it was a murder though. Schneider is quoted as saying, “There is not one iota of evidence that it was a homicide. This is nothing like Vince Foster”.

Maybe Ashe was just working out and dropped a barbell on this throat and died like the local police claim. Maybe Ashe died of a heart attack like the United Nations claims. Maybe it was a murder to keep negative information about the Clintons from hitting the press. Maybe it was aliens. We don’t know.

What we do know about Ashe’s death is that there are still a lot of questions surrounding the circumstances, and he is yet another person who was involved with the Clintons and ended up dead.

How do you think Ashe died? Let us know in the comments.

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Deport Illegal Alien

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General has reluctantly agreed to “investigate” how the agency could possibly fail to deport an illegal immigrant with a serious criminal record at least three times, allowing him to murder a young woman in Connecticut. Pressure from the state’s congressional delegation landed the probe on the busy watchdog’s lengthy list of “ongoing projects” so interested parties shouldn’t hold their breath for answers.

Before delving into the details of this gruesome case, it’s important to mention that Connecticut has long protected illegal immigrants with sanctuary policies and even offers them special drivers’ licenses, known as Drive Only. The state also gives illegal aliens discounted tuition at public colleges and universities and authorities work hard to restrict the feds from deporting illegal immigrants. In fact, despite President Obama’s amnesty and open-borders policies, Connecticut is always a step ahead when it comes to protecting illegal immigrants and granting them rights. Undoubtedly, this attracts a large population of undocumented aliens like the murderer in this case.

Nevertheless, DHS has a duty to remove dangerous foreigners who pose a threat regardless of local policies shielding the perpetrators. In this case the outrageous negligence on the part of federal immigration authorities permitted a Haitian national (Jean Jacques) to brutally stab a woman in her apartment, leaving her body inside a closet. The heinous crime occurred last summer and sketchy information of how the government repeatedly dropped the ball has slowly been uncovered by local media outlets that, not surprisingly, have encountered strong resistance in obtaining substantial details. This led Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators and a congressman—all Democrats—to hound the DHS IG into investigating the matter. The watchdog recently added the case to its long docket, perhaps to appease the incensed lawmakers, media and local citizens.

Here’s what we already know from local media reports in Norwich, the city of about 40,000 residents where the murder occurred; the DHS agency responsible for deporting illegal immigrants, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), failed to remove Jacques at least three times dating back to 2002. As if this weren’t atrocious enough, Jacques spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder before authorities released him—instead of deporting him—in January of 2015, the Norwich Bulletin reports. Six months later the 41-year-old illegal alien convict stabbed 25-year-old Casey Chadwick to death. Police said Chadwick died of sharp forced injuries to the head and neck. Jacques is being held on a $1 million bond.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. In the last few years illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal histories have been allowed to remain in the U.S. despite being repeat offenders. Judicial Watch has investigated several of the cases and obtained public records from the government. For instance, back in 2008 JW launched a California public records request with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to obtain he arrest and booking information on Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador who murdered three innocent American citizens. Ramos was a member of a renowned violent street gang and had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile (a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman) yet he was allowed to remain in the country.

Judicial Watch also investigated the 2010 case of a drunken illegal alien who killed a nun in Virginia and sued DHS to obtain records. The Bolivian national, Carlos Montano, had a criminal history but federal authorities released him on his own recognizance after two previous arrests. JW’s probe determined that Monatno had a revoked license and had previously been arrested on drunk-driving charges when his car crossed a median and slammed into a vehicle carrying three nuns. The two survivors were critically injured. Local police said they had turned Montano over to ICE after at least one of his arrests, but he never got deported.

Well known for supporting illegal immigrant rights, the Connecticut lawmakers are only demanding answers because Chadwick’s murder occurred in their backyard. In fact, both senators helped block a bill last year that would have stripped federal policing grants from sanctuary cities and states like Connecticut. Now they’re getting the runaround from ICE which has responded to their “repeated inquiries” in an “incomplete and unsatisfactory” manner, according to a joint announcement. The lawmakers also blast ICE, stating that it is “unacceptable” that the agency failed to remove the Haitian illegal alien considering his criminal record. Perhaps if states like Connecticut didn’t offer illegal immigrants sanctuary this case and many others like it nationwide wouldn’t exist.

 

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campsite

Six people were found dead at a Texas campsite Sunday morning. Like something from a horror film the story unfolded as the lone survivor shared the details from their vantage point–hidden in the woods and playing dead.

The survivor called 911 around 7AM the next morning. The Anderson County police arrived at the scene on private property near Tennessee Colony, Texas to find that two sets of families were murdered.

Four bodies were dumped in a pond, two more were found in the RV. The youngest victim was only 6 years old.

They had travelled from out of state and had been camping on land owned by one of the victims.

The survivor, the wife of one of the victims, ID’d William Mitchell Hudson, a man who lived on a large adjoining property. He has been arrested and charged with one count of murder, but authorities expect to announce more charges soon.

As of now, there seems to be no real motive for the slayings. Hudson had been recently arrested for assault, but police said his violent behavior, “wasn’t of this nature”.

The bodies that were dumped were recovered from a pond on Hudson’s property.

While whatever incited this massacre remains to be seen, it is a particularly harrowing tragedy that will doubtless be with the poor woman who witnessed it for the rest of her life.

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firefighters

On October 12th a fire in a mixed-use building took the lives of two Kansas City firemen. Larry Leggio and John Mesh have been remembered across the city for the last month. The fire also injured two other firefighters.

This week, however, a Kansas City woman has been charged for murder in the case of Leggio and Mesh’s deaths. The fire was the result of Thu Hong Nguyen, 43, starting a fire in a salon that operated inside of the building. She has been charged with first degree arson as well as two counts of murder.

The two firefighters died when the building collapsed.

Evidence points to Nguyen starting the fire to engage in insurance fraud, something that she may have done earlier this year. She will be held responsible for the firefighters’ deaths because they were a result of her original crime of arson.

Investigators determined that the fire originated from the LN Salon and Spa, where Nguyen worked. Security footage showed her being the last to leave the salon the evening of the 12th and just ten minutes later, the first signs of smoke emerged.

A fire in 2013 in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit may also be linked to Nguyen.

Nguyen bought four bottles of acetone and four bottles of isopropyl alcohol the day of the fire, which would under other circumstances not be an issue for a nail tech to purchase. Her story involved cellphone calls that did not match her phone records, and the other lie about leaving has trapped her in a pretty damning situation.

Arrested Monday evening, her bail has been set at $2 million.

The Kansas City Fire Department declined to comment for privacy issues during the ongoing investigation. The families of the victims are protecting their privacy and has remained silent about their reactions.

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murdered-his-own-sister

Tragedy has struck a small Missouri town after a 13 year old boy deliberately shot and killed his foster-sister last week. Police tried to revive the girl but she died October 8th in a rural town south of Kansas City, Missouri.  

Few details have been released about the case because of privacy laws dictated by the state with respect to child welfare. It is likely that the boy will be charged for the slain girl’s death. Reports have suggested that the killing was not the result of an accident but was, in fact, deliberate. The investigating officer declined to comment on the children’s relationship. Rebecca Woelfel, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services, also declined to comment on the case.

The incident took place outside the home where they both lived with a handgun that the older boy had found inside. The foster father was home at the time.

The boy ran to the woods after shooting the girl and was arrested shortly thereafter.  

No details have been released about how the boy came into possession of the firearm or the nature in which the girl was wounded.

It has been reported that more than one weapon was missing at the time that the officers searched, but they have all been accounted for.

The school district dispatched a crisis team to the schools the children attended. They were there Friday to help students process the tragic event.

Superintendent Rick Stark of the Jasper School District, made a statement that no other information would be released. He added, “We are all upset and still in shock right now”.

Unfortunately, there has been a string of violent events in the last few months.

An 11 year old boy was charged in Tennessee with the murder of his 8 year old neighbor. The two were having a disagreement about a puppy. In September, another 11 year old boy fatally shot a 16 year old intruder that had entered his home. Just last month an 8 year old boy was cleared by a judge to enter foster care in Arizona after murdering his father and another man.

Truly, we need to be cognizant of teaching our young ones about gun safety. We need to be diligent in keeping them safe and being responsible gun owners. Liberals will use these tragedies to make the conversation about the weapons themselves. Education is our best defense against senseless gun violence, not laws or bans. We need to be having conversations with children about the power of these weapons, not teaching them to be afraid of them.

We can’t put an end to violence, but we can be responsible gun owners.

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