The Obama administration is attempting to publicly downplay a rift between President Obama and FBI Director James Comey over The Ferguson Effect; the issue of whether there’s been an impact on violent crime due to the nearly constant criticism of the police led by the Black Lives Matter movement. The back peddling comes on the heels of a volley of attacks on Comey that came from the media, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama himself. Obama and Comey had a closed door meeting on Thursday. The Washington Post reported that “White House officials were privately irritated” about Comey’s remarks in two recent speeches discussing a possible link between soaring violent crime rates and the deluge of activism against law enforcement. The attacks on law enforcement have been spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement, the activist phenomenon that the president publicly recently claimed was not anti-police. The claim that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is not against law enforcement runs counter to the group’s statements and actions, including taunting police after the murder of fellow officers, as well as their lionizing of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List. In an attempt at damage control on Friday, White House Press Spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama believes “somebody who has the prodigious skills of Director Comey must be involved in grappling with the difficult policy debates that we’re having in this country right now in balancing security and the protection of civil liberties.” Earlier in the week, however, Earnest had scoffed at the notion of the Ferguson Effects, saying evidence “does not support the notion that law enforcement officers around the country are shying away from fulfilling their responsibilities.” That official White House comment was just part of a series of attacks on Comey and his statements by the president and his allies. After Comey’s October 23rd remarks at the University of Chicago Law School, where Comey said, “I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement,” President Obama hit back with thinly veiled comments in a speech on October 27th to the International Association of Chiefs of Police: “What we can’t do is cherry-pick data or use anecdotal evidence to drive policy or to feed political agendas.” The day before Obama’s speech, protestors had held a #StopTheCops protest outside the international Association of Chiefs of Police conference. However, Comey’s discussions with police officials were not merely off-the-cuff chit-chat. In fact, the information Comey got from law enforcement officials came in a series of “listening sessions” focused on issues of race and law enforcement. The same day that the President criticized Comey’s comments, the editorial board of the New York Times also went on the attack against Comey in an op-ed titled “Political Lies About Police Brutality,” where they accepted the premise that there’s a widespread issue of police brutality and went after Comey, saying: ” His formulation implies that for the police to do their jobs, they need to have free rein to be abusive. It also implies that the public would be safer if Americans with cellphones never started circulating videos of officers battering suspects in the first place.” The next day, Eric Holder spoke with reporters and compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and echoed the criticism of Comey, saying, “I don’t agree with the comments that he’s made about, or the connection he’s drawn, between the so-called ‘Ferguson effect’ and this rise in crime.” Holder has openly discussed his role in the angry clashes with Columbia University when he attended in the early 1970s, telling students at a 2009 commencement speech, “I was among a large group of students who felt strongly about the way we thought the world should be, and we weren’t afraid to make our opinions heard. I did not take a final exam until my junior year at Columbia — we were on strike every time finals seemed to roll around.” Patrisse Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, learned “revolutionary community organizing” under the mentorship of Eric Mann, a Students for a Democratic Society radical who helped organize the 1968 protests at Columbia that received widespread national coverage. However, even some Democrats admit the existence of the Ferguson Effect. Earlier in October former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: ” We have allowed our police department to get fetal and it is having a direct consequence. They have pulled back from the ability to interdict… they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact.” The attacks on Comey come as President Obama is pushing a criminal justice reform agenda that has been advanced by the radical left for decades and more recently has been the chief policy demand of Black Lives Matter.
The “Black Lives Matter” leader who landed a teaching gig at Yale University delivered a lecture this week on the historical merits of looting as a form of protest, backing up his lesson with required reading that puts modern-day marauders on par with the patriots behind the Boston Tea Party. DeRay McKesson, who was hired by the Ivy League institution’s divinity school to lecture for two days on “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” had students read an essay written at the height of the rioting and looting that plagued the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson just over a year ago after a white police officer shot and killed a black man. “The mystifying ideological claim that looting is violent and non-political is one that has been carefully produced by the ruling class because it is precisely the violent maintenance of property which is both the basis and end of their power,” reads the August, 2014 post from the literary magazine “The New Inquiry” entitled “In Defense of Looting.” “On a less abstract level there is a practical and tactical benefit to looting. Whenever people worry about looting, there is an implicit sense that the looter must necessarily be acting selfishly, ‘opportunistically,’ and in excess.” McKesson appears to have veered off of his syllabus for the lesson, which prompted some critics to offer a reminder that looting does indeed have innocent victims. “There is zero justification for stealing private property and destroying a family’s livelihood – which is what occurred countless times in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere – but that’s apparently what passes as an example of ‘transformational leadership’ at the Yale Divinity School,” said Kyle Olson, founder of EAGnews.org, a blog that focuses on education reform.
No kidding!! What a self-righteous, entitlement-minded, racist piece of garbage! And, for him to self-servingly try and compare his thuggish lotting and rioting in Ferguson to the Boston Tea Party? Really? Seriouly? That’s apples and oranges in the extreme! There is NO comparison. Somebody better give this waste of space an American History lesson without all of the politically correct history revisionism. Unreal..
St. Louis County police said a gun battle in Ferguson, Mo. late Sunday climaxed when one of the suspects involved opened fire on plainclothes detectives before being pursued and shot by the officers after a day of peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Chief Jon Belmar did not identify the suspect, whom he said was in “critical, unstable” condition at a local hospital. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch identified the man as 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Jr. Harris’ father, also named Tyrone, told the paper that his son had just come out of surgery early Monday, and noted that his son and Brown “were real close.” In a statement released Monday morning, St. Louis County police said the suspect was one of at least two people who exchanged gunfire at around 11:15 p.m. local time along West Florissant Avenue. Belmar said that between 40 and 50 shots were fired in an exchange that lasted approximately 45 seconds, an amount he described as “remarkable.” Belmar said that officers had been tracking the suspect, whom they believed to be armed, during the protest. As the gunfire began, the unmarked van the officers were driving in turned on its emergency lights and began moving toward the suspect. Authorities said the man opened fire, striking the van multiple times. The officers returned fire from inside the vehicle before pursuing the man on foot. Belmar said the man then shot again at the officers, all four of whom returned fire. The suspect had a semi-automatic 9MM gun that was stolen last year from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, according to the chief.
One word…karma! I actually hope this piece of garbage lives…so that he can be charged as an adult for shooting at police officers, being in possession of a stolen handgun, an on and on…
A white man was assaulted in a St. Louis, Mo. Light rail train on Monday after refusing to get into a conversation about the shooting of Michael Brown. The suspect, who was caught on camera by St. Louis Metro surveillance video, punched the victim in the face, CNNreported Saturday. Two more men joined in the fighting, according to police reports. Another passenger recorded the attack on a cell phone. The victim, 43, who declined to identify himself for the media, was commuting home when a young black man in his twenties, wearing a red t-shirt and cap, walked up to him and asked to use the victim’s cell phone. He refused and then the attacker sat down beside him. “Then he asked me my opinion on the Michael Brown thing,” the victim told local a local CNN affiliate. “I responded I was too tired to think about it right now.” “The next thing I know, he sucker punches me right in the middle of my face,” the victim said. The video of the attack shows the suspect pummeling the victim, punching him multiple times in the head while he tries to cover himself with his hands and forearms.
Holy crap! You have to see this video!! While I’m, in general, against the whole notion of “hate crimes,”…this clearly falls into that category. Hopefully the police catch these vermin, and charge them with not just assault, but also hate crimes. And, I hope this poor man sues them and gets monetary compensation for this brutal, unprovoked attack by these black animals.
This phrase became a rallying cry for Ferguson residents, who took to the streets to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Witness accounts spread after the shooting that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, mouthing the words “Don’t shoot” as his last words before being shot execution-style. The gesture of raised hands became a symbol of outrage over mistreatment of unarmed black youth by police. That narrative was called into question when a St. Louis County grand jury could not confirm those testimonies. And a recently released Department of Justice investigative report concluded the same. Yet the gesture continues to be used today. So we wanted to set the record straight on the DOJ’s findings, especially after The Washington Post’s opinion writer Jonathan Capehart wrote that it was “built on a lie.” From time to time, we retroactively check statements as new information becomes available. In this case, the Justice Department has concluded that Wilson acted out of self-defense, and was justified in killing Brown. Does “Hands up, don’t shoot” capture the facts of Brown’s shooting? What has it come to symbolize now? “Hands up, don’t shoot” links directly to Brown’s death, and it went viral.
And we now know definitively what many of us have really known all along..and we’ve been saying for months now here at The Daily Buzz.. The whole narrative was a lie. Even black liberal journalists like The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart have finally come around to admitting it…which we give him credit for. So, Ferguson burned, the Chief of Police of Ferguson was fired, former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson lost his job (with NO severance package), and has been targeted by groups like the New Black Panther Party and so on. Darren Wilson was the true victim in that situation. He was physically assaulted, and did his job…and then lost his job because of a lie; a lie perpetrated by the dominantly liberal media, and racist, entitlement-minded, liberal, black politicians who wanted to advance their preconceived, prejudged (i.e. prejudice) narrative… that the white cop shot an unarmed nice black kid who was just trying to surrender. Heck, AG Eric Holder even tried to define the narrative and TRIED, believe me, to make something stick on Wilson.. But, in the end realized he couldn’t. So, instead, he went, and continues to go, after the entire Ferguson Police Department, and the city government of Ferguson. The truth was that a pot-smoking, robber, black thug attacked a police officer and tried to go for his weapon..an altercation ensued, and the thug was shot. THAT is what happened. It’s what the St. Louis County Grand Jury concluded, and it’s the same conclusion that AG Eric Holder’s racist Justice Dept came to (which HAD to be a painful admission.. DOH!). And now, EVERYONE knows it. So, the next time you see some idiot black Democrat politician, Al Sharpton, or heck…a bunch of “protestors” chanting “hands up, don’t shoot”…fire back with the truth and them to stop pushing a lie. Then, laugh at them for making fools of themselves.
A 20-year-old Missouri man has been arrested in the shooting of two St. Louis County police officers Thursday, county officials announced Sunday. Jeffrey Williams was arrested Saturday night and is charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, three counts of armed criminal action and firing a weapon from a vehicle, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said during the afternoon press conference. Williams, who has attended several demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., told police that he fired shots at someone he had a dispute with, and hit the officers, who he alleges were not his intended target.
Yeah…whatever. Well, glad they caught this piece of garbage.
Beginning with the unrest after the August 2014 shooting of Micheal Brown and that which followed the grand jury verdict in favor of Officer Darren Wilson, as well as the fervor maintained by national hucksters intent on keeping racial tensions aflame, gun sales in Missouri are through the roof. Brown was shot on August 9 ,and within days gun sales began a sharp rise. On August 13 Breitbart News reported that citizens in and around St. Louis were buying up the firearms they needed to protect their lives and property. Now The Washington Post reports sales in February 2015 were “10.6 percent” higher than sales in February 2014. Moreover, even though gun sales across the US were up in February 2015 compared to February 2014, sales in Missouri were 8.3 percent higher than the rest of the country. The Washington Post also looked at specific states where spikes in gun sales for Christmas were especially evident. These included Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, and Kentucky. None of them came close to spiking as sharply at Missouri did.
Gee.. Imagine that! Of COURSE gun sales are “soaring” in Missouri! You don’t need the Washington Post, or some other organ of the dominantly liberal mainstream media, to tell you what should be painfully obvious to anyone with half a brain. People are afraid for their personal safety.. And, seeing cops being shot by thugs and punks only exacerbates that fear/trepidation.