The dead suspect was being chased by cops because he allegedly killed a college student. He exchanged gunfire with cops three times before he was killed. Good riddance:
The harrowing events began just before noon at the Sky-Vu Motel on U.S. 40 and ended an hour later when the man came out of a house at 30th and Topping Avenue. All told, the suspect and police exchanged gunfire three different times.
The video came out last week showing a cop shoot an unarmed black teenager in the back as the kid ran away. Sadly, this is not a surprising event in America. But something surprising has happened: the officer has been charged with the homicide of the kid.
A white police officer was charged Wednesday with homicide in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager who was hit in the back while fleeing a traffic stop, a death that has fueled daily protests around Pittsburgh.
And now reports are coming out that the cop did not have a pretty employment history as a police officer. Terrible story.
The morning started with reports that president Donald Trump is very angry at attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump is angry that Sessions refused to take control over the investigation into Russian hacking and campaign spying, and instead “recused” himself, or in other words, removed himself, from the investigation. Trump was probably angry because he thought Sessions would be there to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia:
“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”
Article after article kept coming, talking about how pissed off Trump was at Sessions, and explaining that the Trump’s tweets about the “travel ban” were really a way for him to blow off some of the steam he has built up about Sessions. Trump effectively strangled the justice department’s case before it ever had a chance of making it before the supreme court:
The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries.
After all the bad stories about Sessions, it then was leaked to the press that Sessions actually offered to resign. He’s had enough with El Trumpo, and seems to be who Trump is taking out his anger on these days. Could it be that El Trumpo is getting scared?
As for Sessions, he’s ready to retire and pursue his life-long dream!
The president continues with his twitter rampage. Meanwhile, the rest of the world laughs at his stupidity and empty headed rhetoric that is backed by nothing of substance.
Recently, Trump sent his secretary of defense, General Mattis to Japan to affirm the U.S.’s commitment to guarding some islands within the territorial waters of Japan from big bad China. Right after the visit, China sailed three warships by the islands. Message: Trump is all bark and no bit. All hat and no cattle. Big talk and no walk. Don’t forget though, President Bannon predicted that the U.S. will be at war with China sooner rather than later. With a Chinese standing army of 1.6 million (conservative estimate), President Twat better dust off the old military draft.
Then we learn that as Trump tweets away at all hours of the day, Venezuela and Russia quietly cemented their relationship. I suppose the president was to busy picking out his golden drapes for the Oval Office to be bothered by Russia building relationships in our backyard.
Meanwhile, Trump spent a big part of his first weeks in office sucking up to the U.K. during the British prime minister’s visit to Washington, and talking up the “special” relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. So special in fact that if Trump tried to speak in front of the British parliament, he would be blocked and muzzled like the rabid dog that he is.
10 p.m. Oct. 20, 2014.
At about 10 p.m. on October 20, 2014, Officer Jason Van Dyke of the Chicago Police Department responded to a call regarding a man with a knife acting erratically.
When Officer Van Dyke arrived at the scene, he saw the suspect, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old boy walking in the middle of the street with a small knife. Other officers had reported that while McDonald had slashed the tires of their patrol car and otherwise had done some property damage, he had not attacked any of the officers.
Officer Van Dyke and an unnamed partner exited their patrol car in front of McDonald. McDonald continued to walk in their general direction. Officer Van Dyke drew his firearm and aimed it at McDonald. McDonald continued to walk but did not take any action indicating he was about to attack Officer Van Dyke. When McDonald was approximately ten feet away from Officer Van Dyke, the officer took a step towards McDonald and then shot at McDonald sixteen times.
McDonald was shot several times, fell to the ground, and in dash cam footage, it appears that Officer Van Dyke continued to fire when McDonald was on the ground. McDonald died soon after. Despite multiple officers being present at the scene, Officer Van Dyke was the only one who opened fire.
The nearby Burger King had several cameras pointed in the area. Shortly after the shooting, several officers entered the restaurant, locked themselves into the security room and then deleted video footage of the incident from security tapes.
Over the next 13 months, Chicago residents protested and only begrudgingly, the Police Department released the dash cam video which appears to depict Officer Van Dyke shooting McDonald to death without McDonald taking any action to threaten Officer Van Dyke’s safety.
Dash Cam footage:
Officer Ray Tensing was charged with murder of Samuel Dubose.
The body cam footage shows that after stopping the victim for not having a front license plate, Officer Tensing shot Dubose in the face as Dubose turned on his car. The officer fired the shot almost immediately after the traffic stop began and before Dubose took any substantive act which could be perceived as a “threat” to the officer. The body cam footage released after the incident shows that Dubose had his right arm on the steering wheel and his left arm up in the air as Officer Tensing shot him in the head.
Just remember that without a body cam this indictment would have never happened.