The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nearly doubled last year from the year before shows preliminary data released Monday by the FBI.
The FBI said 51 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014, an increase of 89 percent over the 27 killed in 2013. Between 1980 and 2014, an average of 64 police and other law enforcement officers were killed. According to the data. The 2013 figures were the lowest produced during that 35-year period.
The most dangerous type of call for officers appears to be domestic calls, as 11 died from their injuries during them last year, the FBI said. Next most dangerous were traffic stops and pursuits, followed by ambushes, and then deaths during investigations of suspicious persons. The FBI report said three officers were killed dealing with people with a mental illness in 2014….
In addition to the cops killed in the line of duty, the FBI said 44 officers accidentally died in 2014 during the course of the work, in incidents ranging from traffic accidents to drowning to smoke inhalation. CBSNews
In Pennsylvania an Allentown area school suspended 15 students for using Twitter during school hours after two classmates wore Chick-fil-A shirts during a Gay-Straight Alliance event, parents and students said.
Last week, the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance encouraged students to wear different colored shirts each day to raise awareness of issues such as teen suicide and disabilities, said senior Erin Snyder, 18. For last Friday, the club encouraged students to wear rainbow colored shirts in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.
During the high school’s televised announcements that morning, two students on the broadcast wore Chick-fil-A T-shirts, Snyder said. The students didn’t say anything about the Gay-Straight Alliance or the school’s LGBT community, but she believes they knew what they were doing.
The U.S. State Department has reversed a controversial decision denying a visitor visa for an Iraqi Catholic nun who sought to tell Americans about ISIS’ violent persecution of Christians.
Sister Diana Momeka, an Iraqi nun, was denied a visitor visa by the U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq to enter the United States. Sister Diana was part of a delegation of minority groups coming to Washington for official meetings to describe the atrocities in their areas. The group included representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities. The only delegate in the group denied a visitor visa was Sister Diana.
Sister Diana Momeka is a leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and chased from their homes in and around Mosul by ISIS.Momeka, who has been likened to Mother Teresa for her work with the poor and persecuted, was turned down, she said, because she was “internally displaced” in Iraq, and deemed a risk to stay in the U.S., where she once lived and studied for six years. Ironically, her displacement came at the hands of ISIS, and is the very subject she hopes to discuss during her trip. [The State Dept. calling her a deceiver?]
“That really hurt,” Sister Diana told Nina Shea, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, in a phone interview after the visa was denied….
Sister Diana had multiple documents vouching for her and the temporary nature of her visit, to support her application. A letter from her prioress, Sister Maria Hana, attested that the nun has been gainfully employed since last February with Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Erbil, and is contracted to teach there in the 2015–16 academic year. Erbil, some 60 miles east of Mosul, has remained safe from ISIS.
She submitted an invitation from her sponsors, the Institute for Global Engagement and 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, headed by former Republican Congressman Frank Wolf. She also had an endorsement letter from Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. FoxNews
Speech is either free or it isn’t! The attack in Texas wasn’t against Conservatives–it was against every American. Check out this important Afterburner to find out why Bill says you’re DEAD wrong if you think the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo or attendees at the free speech event in Texas had it coming to them for being too “provocative” by drawing Mohammed.
Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review stated, “violent extremist are not going to set the boundaries of free speech in this country”.
DERSHOWITZ: Now, look, everything that the critics of Geller have said could be said about Martin Luther King. Now, I don’t want to make any comparisons between the two of them morally but, from a constitutional law standpoint, there is no difference. Martin Luther King picked some of the cities he went to precisely to provoke and bring out the racists and show what type of violent people they are so the world could see what was wrong with Jim Crow. It’s part of the American tradition to provoke so the world can see.
Alveda King’s comparison and contrast of Baltimore 1965 vs. Baltimore 2015 stated, “you will see is the only statistics to have decreased (1965 to 2015) is the number of black children born in intact nuclear families.”
“Nothing is so much needed as a secure family life for a people to pull themselves out of poverty. ” -Martin Luther King Jr.
The number of single-parent families has increased. Higher and higher numbers of children live in single-parent families in which they are four times as likely to live in poverty and all that goes with it.
The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn.
The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are least likely to experience poverty during their youth, because married families generally earn higher incomes than stepfamilies, cohabiting families, divorced families, separated families, and single-parent families.
The report says children raised in intact, married families tend to have better educational attainment and achievement than those from non-intact families. They are more likely to achieve higher education after graduating from high school than those from other family structures.
“There is a profound crisis in the black community, not just in Baltimore, but nationwide –the crisis is in marriage and family,” Bishop E. W. Jackson, Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Church Ministries and President of S.T.A.N.D, said in a statement on the study.
“Seventy two percent of children are born out of wedlock. Too many fathers are missing from the home, and an alarming number of mothers are still children themselves. Boys in these circumstances are inculcated with the values of the streets, and become susceptible to every negative influence.” Jackson continued.
“Instead of pursuing education, many embrace the attitude of victimization. Instead of seeking employment, too many prefer to hustle. Race and poverty become excuses for criminality. These social pathologies are perpetuated from one generation to the next. Read more at CNSNews
The two of the six Baltimore officers arrest warrants filed by the prosecutor were incorrect. Marilyn Mosby charged two of the wrong people, under the wrong names, wrong birth dates, wrong addresses, and wrong drivers license numbers. This sent the media and others to the homes of innocent people who have had their lives turned upside down and they have had to hire lawyers. How inept is that prosecutors office? The mistakes in the arrest warrants indicates a rushed and flawed investigation by the prosecutors office.
When charges were announced Friday against Alicia White for the death of Freddie Gray, her phone started buzzing from journalists and bail bondsmen.
The problem was, they were calling the wrong Alicia White. The elementary school cafeteria manager from East Baltimore was not the Baltimore Police sergeant charged with manslaughter in the high-profile police custody death – even though court records listed her.
The middle initial was off. Her address, her height, her weight, her driver’s license number – all of the information was my client’s information,” said Jeremy Eldridge, an attorney who says he has been hired by the resident.
“Her life has been a living hell the past four days,” he said.
An attorney for Lt. Brian Rice said his client’s information was also entered incorrectly when prosecutors filed charges, but declined further comment.
On Friday evening, Tammy and Brian Rice of Brunswick, Md. said they were receiving multiple calls from reporters looking for the lieutenant. Brian Rice of Brunswick is a plumber, they said.
The Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, which assisted the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office in charging the officers, declined to comment and referred questions to prosecutors, who could not immediately be reached. BaltimoreSun
Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim, won the “Draw the Prophet” contest in Garland, Texas.
Does a cartoon drawing justify mass murder?
Provocative? Who gets to define provocative?
This is not just about cartoons. If Americans appeases those against freedom of expression and limits freedom of speech how long before it spreads to other limits and repressions of our freedoms. Don’t draw Muhammad, it does not end there.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” -Benjamin Franklin
The cartoon drawing dispute is symbolic of a larger picture, authoritarian rule. Islamic jihadist who shot those who draw a cartoon. Islamic jihadist who hunt down and kill Christians, Jews, and Muslims who are seen as not the right type of Muslim, until that stops the drawing of cartoons of Muhammad should continue.
Those who advocate limiting Americans free speech have no problem when the speech ridicules and offends Christians and Jews. Both religions endure non-stop insults and mocking to their faith from books, movies, and the media. One of the most provocative was the 1987 photograph of Christ in a jar of urine. Not only was the image offensive, the artist Serrano had received $20,000 in funding from the taxpayer funded National Endowment for the Arts. The Christian religion was not just insulted but Christian taxpayers paid for art that insulted their faith. That image was included in a twenty-five year retrospective at an art gallery in New York, the gallery released the following statement:
Andres Serrano’s 1987 photograph, “Piss Christ,” is included in this twenty-five year retrospective because it is part of the artist’s enduring body of work. The fact that this work continues to draw controversy on both sides of the political, social and religious aisles unfortunately overshadows the artist’s intention, which is to engage the viewer on both a visual and intellectual level. In these times of heated religious fervor it is important to remember that freedom of expression remains dear to any democracy.
Something is very wrong when Americans advocate against free speech and begin criticizing those who engage in and support it.
“I understand the threat that we face. That’s why I do what I do,” Fawstin said. “I don’t refuse to do it because of the threat. I do it because we are being threatened. It has to be fought head-on,” said Bosch Fawstin on Greta Van Susteren.
One of the suspects in the Garland, Texas shooting has been identified as Elton Simpson, a Muslim convert.
Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.
Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting…
Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Africa, but a judge ruled the government did not adequately prove he was going to join a terror group there. ABCNews
Two suspects are dead and a security guard at the event Garland, an ISD security officer, suffered non-life threatening injuries after a shooting erupted outside a Muhammad art exhibit in Texas. Bruce Joiner, a Garland Independent School District security officer, was shot in the leg and is now out of the hospital.
Attendees and the media were kept inside Curtis Culwell Center while police investigated the shooting outside then people were evacuated as police were concerned about explosives.
The AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit is in defense of the freedom of speech against violent intimidation. In this country we have freedom of expression!
According to the Dallas Morning News, two men pulled up in a vehicle and then shot an officer outside the Curtis Culwell center Sunday evening. They were then fatally shot by police officers.
The officer’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the paper reported.
An officer dressed in SWAT gear took the stage toward the end of the event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and told attendees, including an Associated Press reporter, that a shooting had occurred.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting was related to the event. FoxNews
This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?
Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank Gd. Please keep him in your prayers.
The bomb squad has been called to the event site to investigate a backpack left at the event site.
Marilyn Mosby Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, has determined that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide and has charged the six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport with multiple charges, including manslaughter and misconduct. The Baltimore Sun reports that officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr. the driver of the van has been charged with second-degree murder.
Baltimore’s chief prosecutor leading the investigation into Freddie Gray’s death has close ties to the lawyer representing the family of the dead man, leaving some in the legal community to speculate on the connections.
The Gray family lawyer, Billy Murphy, was a big campaign donor to Marilyn Mosby last year when she ran for State’s Attorney, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June. Murphy was also on Mosby’s transition team after the election and has been described as a ‘mentor’ to her. DailyMail
Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is married to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.
In an open letter to Mosby the Fraternal Order of Police asked her to appoint an independent prosecutor, citing her ties to the Gray family’s attorney and her lead prosecutor’s connections to members of the local media, reported the Baltimore Sun.
Police officials questioned the swiftness of her decision and her motives for bypassing a grand jury and refusing to appoint a Special Prosecutor. Marilyn Mosby has been on the job for less than four months.
Malzberg | Dershowitz – A Sad Day for Justice Motivated by Crowd Control, Any Conviction Unlikely
The Baltimore government wrongly thinks the charges will calm things down . The rioters will see it as justification for all the destruction and harm that they have done and will do more.
GoFundMe has taken down the donation webpage for 70-year-old Christian grandma-florist Barronelle Stutzman who declined to arrange flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian beliefs.
This is the second time GoFundMe has taken down a campaign in support of a Christian business. The first campaign removed was to help Sweet Cakes by Melissa raise funds to help pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse created a campaign to support persecuted Christians in the United States.
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., words are inspiring, have a ring of truth, and are thought-provoking.
“In the 1960s, 1963, the Children’s March, we were calm, we were orderly, we were prayerful, and so we knew how to demonstrate peacefully,” King said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“No one has instructed these young children.”
Alveda’s was asked by Neil Cavuto “these children don’t realize how dangerous things can be?…What is driving them?”
“They don’t. They are clueless. They don’t know…I believe there’s some outside agitators, as I’m watching that, and that is inciting that riot, because young people are emotional. And someone is stirring that up and firing it up.”
In response to widespread rioting and violence that brought the city of Baltimore to a standstill in recent days, in an open letter activist Alveda King took Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to task for seemingly endorsing and giving people an opportunity to destroy.
Alveda King’s Open Letter to Baltimore Mayor
My dear Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake,
Your invitation to “give space for those who want to destroy” is unbelievable. This interpretation of rights to free speech is dangerous, ma’am.
In 1963, my father Rev. A.D. King, after the firebombing of our home in Birmingham, Alabama, urged hostile protesters to abandon violence and turn to God in prayer instead. Thank God they listened to him, and the even greater voice of his brother, my Uncle MLK, during those turbulent days.