More police killed in US

Another police shooting in the US, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisana. It has been reported that 3 officers were shot dead and at least another 3 injured.

This follows tensions and unrest in Baton Rouge since police shot and killed Alton Sterling while holding him on the ground outside a convenience store on July 5.  Since then there have been protests and allegations of police beatings.

RT: Baton Rouge shooting: 3 police dead & 3 injured, 1 shooter dead, 2 may be at large – sheriff

Three police officers are confirmed dead and three injured in a shooting on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in the state capital of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One suspect was killed and two may be at large, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.
 
Three officers out of five transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital have died from their injuries. Two others remain in hospital, with one being in fair condition and the other in a critical state, according to WAFB.

WAFB said that the shootout began in the early hours of Sunday morning on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, less than one mile from police headquarters.

Baton Rouge police responded to a call reporting a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,” a CNN source said, adding that the person opened fire as soon as the police squad arrived.

NBC News: Baton Rouge Police Ambush Follows Alton Sterling Shooting, Unrest

July 5: Graphic cellphone video appeared to show Alton Sterling, 37, being tackled and shot by two police officers outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store.

July 6: As protests erupted in Baton Rouge over the shooting of Sterling, another black man was shot and killed in Minnesota during a traffic stop.

July 7: Protests over the shootings of the two black men erupted — not only in Louisiana and Minnesota, but all over the country. At a protest in Dallas, which had been largely peaceful, a sniper opened fire on police officers, killing five.

July 8-10: As the nation mourned the Dallas officers killed, protests over Sterling and Castile’s deaths continued all over the country. More than 100 were arrested in Baton Rouge and about the same amount of people were arrested in St. Paul.

July 12: East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III said the “show of force” used during the protests in the city was due in part to “very real and viable threats” against Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.

Three men and a 13-year-old were arrested, he said, in connection with stealing firearms from a pawn shop in a plot to kill police. One of two suspects connected with the plan, Antonio Thomas, was arrested on the roof of the pawn shop with a handgun and a BB rifle and he “stated that he and three other suspects stole the firearms and were going to get bullets to shoot police,” according to a statement from the Baton Rouge Police Department.

July 16: Another suspect, a 12-year-old, was arrested in connection with the plot to kill Baton Rouge police officers. The two guns missing from the pawn shop are not recovered with the juvenile suspect

July 17: Three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others injured in an apparent ambush shooting near police headquarters.

There have been allegations of a police beating at Baton Rouge protests over the killing of Alton Sterling.

The Advocate: Protester claims he was beaten by Baton Rouge police during Alton Sterling demonstration

A 24-year-old man said Thursday Baton Rouge police stomped and punched him, breaking bones in his face when they arrested him during a demonstration over the weekend near police headquarters.

Javier Dunn of Baton Rouge said at a brief press conference that officers in riot gear charged across Goodwood Boulevard and grabbed him from where he was leaning on a car on the far side of the road around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and dragged him into the street where two Baton Rouge policemen struck him with their feet and fists.

“I was held by two officers on my back, one officer stomping my face into the pavement and another officer kneeling down to throw three punches to my face, to my eye,” Dunn said.

A witness, Tracy Fountain, filmed part of the beating, which she said does not capture the worst of the blows. She said Dunn had not been in the road and did not resist officers before he was grabbed and dragged into the street.

A photo provided by state Rep. Ted James, who said he’s known Dunn for the past 15 years, shows Dunn without cuts or bruises to his face as he helped carry a large banner earlier Saturday, reading “Stop murder by police.”

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A bit of irony in the name ‘Baton Rouge’ although batons weren’t used in this beating.

The latest police shooting is likely to increase tensions, not just in Baton Rouge.

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  1. Gezza

     /  18th July 2016

    Al Jazeera One Hour news had an item saying Baton Rouge police are following up a report by one witness that she saw two men out the back of a shop hurriedly changing out of black SWAT-style clothing into ordinary light t-shirts & pants style clothes more normal for people to wear in Baton Rouge at this time of year, and driving away in a car.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  18th July 2016

      I hope that it’s not an attention-seeker going after her 15 minutes. It seems odd that they’d do that where they could be seen.

      • Gezza

         /  18th July 2016

        It could well be, I’ll be watching their 1am One Hour News to see if it’s mentioned again.
        It’s the US – could be a fame-seeker, could be someone wanting to stir things up to try & start a race war or more cop killings. I noticed AJ just reported what they were told & there was no mention of the skin colour of the men. Dunno whether that’s because the lady who reported it saw no reason to mention it unless they were black or brown. I just observed to myself that it hadn’t been mentioned.

        I expect Uggers will be onto this like a rabid dog.

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  18th July 2016

    This just popped up from Katie H. Never afraid to call it like she see’s it…..

    • Gezza

       /  18th July 2016

      Sausage Girl doesn’t seem to link to anything saying McKesson has called for police to be shot. Have you found anything saying he has done that, Nelly?

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  18th July 2016

        As I read it Geezz, she was calling him a ‘sh*t stirrer’ for inflaming an already out of control situation….it may have been linked to this?

        • Gezza

           /  18th July 2016

          I see, she wants him to be jailed for calling The Donald racist & for organising protesters to go along to his rallies & do the same thing. Isn’t that what she’s been accused of doing in her own way. It’s a tricky business, race & politics.

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  18th July 2016

            Well as I read it Geezz, it goes a lot lot further than that :/

            Sounds like he was calling for the continual disruption of Trump rallies to the extent *Marital Law* is declared….what does that tell you??.

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              Oooh … shit, you’re right Nellers. If it really genuinely is an exchange between DeRay & someone else – one of them is definitely saying that. It wasn’t all that easy to read on my screen & I missed it.

              Hard to say whether it’s him hoping that Martial Law is declared, or it’s the other person saying that. Not clear which text is from who.

              It’s also a bit odd that only that short excerpt of the total text conversation is shown. If Deray went on to say that he doesn’t agree with that, who would know? 🙂

              But if it is genuine, & he supported the plan, then he’s getting his wish.

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  18th July 2016

              Fair enuff Geezz…….for a moment there I thort you were going all soft on me 😮

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              I only pretend to be soft Nelly.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  18th July 2016

            I am surprised that the arch-vulgarian, Hopkins, is too rai-feened to say ‘shit’.

      • Klik Bate

         /  18th July 2016

        @ Gezza

        Seems to me most of these ‘Black lives matter’ clowns want the same thing anyway ❗

        http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/07/caught-video-black-lives-matter-leader-calls-running-shooting-police/

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th July 2016

          I don’t regard people who are distressed about black men and boys being murdered by police-who are employed to protect people, not kill them-as clowns.

          • Klik Bate

             /  18th July 2016

            @ Kitty

            I think it would pay if you actually kliked on the link and watched the video.

            And didn’t I read somewhere you would also “like to take your Muslim doctor home with you” ❓

            Good luck with that as well.

        • Gezza

           /  18th July 2016

          Was he calling for cops to be shot, Klik? I could hardly understand some of what he was saying. I find that a common problem with some of these folk who wear their caps with the peak to one side.

          • Klik Bate

             /  18th July 2016

            The headline to the article spells it out Geeza.
            Plus this chant from the clowns carrying black lives matter banners in the streets of NYC –

            “WHAT DO WE WANT? DEAD COPS! WHEN DO WE WANT IT? NOW!:

          • Gezza

             /  18th July 2016

            Y…e…a…h … I’ve learnt that quite often, the headlines don’t necessarily accurately reflect the content. They can be a bit like Women’s Mag front cover teasers sometimes.

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              Eeek. I thought that was just a pic. Sorry Klik. Just ran the video. You’ve made your case mate.

            • Klik Bate

               /  18th July 2016

              Yeah – know exactly what you mean about the Women’s Mags mate!
              My missus wastes 20 bucks a week getting sucked in by the same shit XD

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              I ended up getting a lot more sex from my missus after reading a few of those Klik.

            • Klik Bate

               /  18th July 2016

              All I ever get these days is my Horoscope read to me ⭐

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              I rest my case.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  18th July 2016

      Ms Hopkins seems to have an inflated idea of her own importance as someone whose ideas are likely to achieve anything.

      • Gezza

         /  18th July 2016

        I think she’s earning herself a fair whack of a fortune though.

      • Gezza

         /  18th July 2016

        Just as a thought Kitty, if you wanted to, you could set up a Twitter account (you could give yourself different Username, like .. ‘FrillyNickers’ – or whatever you wanted) & send her some of your glorious earfuls about what her tweets say about her. She gets a few twitters sending sending tweets that do that already – but you might manage to actually get through to her if you sent her enough of them? o_O

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th July 2016

          Yes, Klik, I wish that I could adopt the lovely young doctor-if I could be first in the queue. He is one of the kindest, more caring people I have ever met. NZ is very lucky to have him.

          It wouldn’t be worth it, Gezz, she probably has such a cast-iron conceit that it would just bounce off. How on earth is she making a fortune out of being a bigoted idiot and prancing around with a sausage up her bum ? I wouldn’t make one that way even if I could, it wouldn’t be worth it 😀

          • Gezza

             /  18th July 2016

            Could be worse honey. Could be a kipper.

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  18th July 2016

              Funnily enuff, I actually made those the other night Geezz.

              Followed Kitzy’s marinade recipe *to a tee*…….

              To be honest, I wouldn’t bother again….after going to all that trouble, Wayne only had a quick sniff and reckoned it smelt like rotten flounder ;/

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              Fair enough Nelly. What did he think the kipper smelt like?

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  18th July 2016

              He quite enjoyed that….ate the lot.

          • Klik Bate

             /  18th July 2016

            And what about those ‘black lives matter’ clowns, Kitty – do you still think America is lucky to have them ❓

            God spare me.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th July 2016

              Yes. It’s about time that this happened. If white men were being shot dead for obeying a policeman’s order to produce ID and other such specious reasons, all Hell would break loose.

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              Did you listen to what the protesters are chanting in that video Klik posted Kitty:
              “Whadda we want. Dead cops. When do we wannit. Now.”

              Do you agree with them?

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              :Polish exit.
              11:29pm

  3. Zedd

     /  18th July 2016

    We can all have empathy for these Police officers & their families.. BUT what about the reported 1100 people who were gunned down by Police last year in USA ?
    I heard only about 3% of these cases were ‘officially investigated’.. effectively making frontline cops : Judge, Jury & Executioner ! 😦

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  18th July 2016

      Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that a 0 was missed off the 3%, and it was really 30%. (yeah, right) That is still 70% where the police were judge, jury and executioner.

    • Gezza

       /  18th July 2016

      I heard only about 3% of these cases were ‘officially investigated’.. effectively making frontline cops : Judge, Jury & Executioner !

      Have you got a source & a link for this Zedd?

      • Zedd

         /  18th July 2016

        Al Jazeera TV news

        • Gezza

           /  18th July 2016

          How recently Zedd?

          I might be able to find a clip of the news item you’re talking about. They had a short item about ‘Pokemon Go’ fans descending on a small town at the top of North Korea & I went to Al Jazeera.com news site to see if they had an article on it – & they actually had a video clip of the item. See here:
          https://yournz.org/2016/07/18/social-chat-5/#comment-118138

          • Gezza

             /  18th July 2016

            North Korea ! – rats – soz, I meant South Korea.

            I don’t imagine Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow much, if any, of North Korea to be Google Mapped.

          • Zedd

             /  18th July 2016

            about the time of the recent shootings in Minnesota

            btw; I still refute the words of one commentator in here (about several of my comments) “I’m NOT just making it up.. man !” :/

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              Had a quick scroll up but I couldn’t see who you meant who’s accusing you of making shit up. I’ll have a quick squiz at AJ’s website & see if I can find the item you’re talking about.

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              No luck: there’s so many news & video clip items there on the various shootings of Afro-Americans it’ll take me too long to find it if it’s just a remark by a reporter during one of the video clips.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th July 2016

              I….wonder who….it….is who….said….that.

              It wouldn’t surprise me if some (let’s be generous and say just some) of the shootings had a fairly cursory looking into.

              I couldn’t believe how much money is taken off motorists by cops in the US for what are obviously specious reasons. I thought that this was an urban myth,but it’s not. Anyone with any amount of cash is likely to have it taken on the grounds that it must have been dishonestly obtained or is to be used for a bad purpose; the person then has to go to law to get it back, and often it’s not worth it.

            • Gezza

               /  18th July 2016

              @ Kitty
              Do you have a link to a source for that claim?

            • Klik Bate

               /  18th July 2016

              On this occasion Gezza, Kitty isn’t far off the mark. It is indeed a frightening development, especially for the average law-abiding US citizen.

              http://priceonomics.com/how-police-officers-seize-cash-from-innocent/

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th July 2016

              I will ignore the gratuitous insult. I couldn’t remember where I saw it, but it was in more than one place and seemed to be well documented. Moral; don’t carry a lot of cash in America. If gun-carrying muggers don’t take it, the boys in blue will. Remind me again what the difference is, I’ve forgotten.

            • Klik Bate

               /  18th July 2016

              The law.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th July 2016

          Ah. So it’s lawful when the muggers wear uniform and have police badges.

          • Klik Bate

             /  18th July 2016

            Just goes to show, you’re never too old to learn Kitty.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  18th July 2016

              I always thought that cops and robbers were two different things, like bread and cheese.Or I did until a few months ago when I read about the people whose money was being taken on the grounds that it MIGHT be going to be/have been used for some illegal purpose, for which the copper is under no obligation to produce any evidence.

  4. Zedd

     /  18th July 2016

    methinks every police shooting should be investigated (as I believe happens in NZ & Aust.).. then maybe there would be 11 shootings NOT 1100 ! 😦

    • Nelly Smickers

       /  18th July 2016

      Although Wayne reckons most people he knows, would actually *prefer* to see more chlorine added to the gene pool 😎

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  18th July 2016

        Wayne may think that murder is all right,most people don’t. He must know some very odd people. I know no one who thinks that the police should be able to kill people for no reason. Producing an ID card when he is ordered to seems, to say the least, inadequate grounds for an unarmed man who had no criminal record being shot dead in front of his partner and a small child.

        • Gezza

           /  18th July 2016

          You can hear in the cop’s voice in that poor woman’s video clip that he’s stressed out & horrified that he’s done it.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  18th July 2016

        Wayne was saying the guy already had in excess of *50* driving convictions or something :/