Monday, March 02, 2015
"They just shot that motherfucking man right here....[Yeah], I'm going record this shit", says the person using his camera phone.
"Take a good look it's the Black motherfucking [cop] that killed this man....." said the person filming in the final minutes.
The social media and the price of fame. The filmmaker wanted to post this on the internet. Instead of holding evidence in the case of a trial, he clearly advocated the officer's side of the story. See reactionary brings nothing but trouble. Now this filmmaker will be harassed or subject to death threats.
The negative publicity. The Los Angeles Police Department is just like New York. With the power comes the respect. They are well respected by a majority. But the minority, ahem, hates the LAPD.
The LAPD has a controversial history. There's been many officer involved incidents where suspects of color were injured or killed. The controversial tactics used in an arrest are often mirrored in legal action.
All the mixture of tension brought to you by the folks who post on YouTube.
As reported, an officer has the legal right to lie in order to justify a traffic citation, an arrest, and a shooting.
The suspect is dead and the LAPD is doing damage control.
Today, I just saw this video that is extremely disturbing. The LAPD was apprehending two individuals and I guess after a brief confrontation, one of the many LAPD officers opened fired on the suspect.
According to the LAPD, the suspect was reaching for the arresting officer's gun. There were minor injuries for the two arresting officers. The Los Angeles Times reports that Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.
The possible robbery ended with a man being shot and a woman being arrested.
|The LAPD doing damage control after a filmmaker records them opening fire on an unarmed suspect.|
The deceased is apparently homeless
What did the woman do?
The woman seen in the video recording picking up an officer's baton was detained and is expected to be arrested, Smith said. She had not been booked as of 9 p.m. Sunday, and it was unclear what charges she would face, but Smith said the arrest would stem from her picking up the baton.
Smith said that, based on the video recording, it was unclear what the officers told the man before they fired. He said investigators would use audio enhancement software to determine what exactly was said and when.
"Of course we're aware of the video," he said. "Any video that shows someone losing their life in an altercation with police is going to be disturbing. It's disturbing for police officers to watch."
Hell, the police are pissed that a man filmed the officer killing an unarmed suspect. The person named Anthony Blackburn posted it on the social media. It's graphic so you will have to click on the link posted right below.
If there weren't people so frustrated with the police in the wake of high profile shootings such as the Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, John Crawford and Akai Gurley controversies, you wouldn't see camera phones being used.
And to make this clear, you are allowed to film police. They may try to "justify" an arrest by saying you're impeding on an arresting officer or disorderly conduct. You can lawyer up and tell the judge that you had a right to film public servants while on duty.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO FILM THE POLICE!
I think some in the LAPD will be humming "mean ol' Mike Brown". There will be some who probably high-five each other when they kill a suspect they accused of threatening the life of an officer.
The LAPD will place the shooting officer on administrative leave. The officer will contact his union boss, an attorney and a therapist. He will say that "that guy reached for his gun!"
|LAPD stand in pose trying to keep the peace.|
Evidence technicians and other officers will wrap the police tape over areas and other officers may "step" on evidence.
"It's always tragic when there's a loss of life in one of these situations," Smith continued. "It's not an incident taken lightly by any police officer. But we are committed to everyone involved and to the public to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."
Smith said investigators were looking for any other video that captured the incident, including footage from the body cameras some of the officers may have been wearing. Officers assigned to the Safer Cities Initiative were part of the LAPD's pilot program for the new technology and are equipped with the devices.
At least one officer involved in the incident was wearing a body camera, Smith said.
Well let's hope those body cameras were in use when this event happened. Maybe a camera worn by the arresting or assisting officer could provide a better look into how this shooting was justified.
The dramatic confrontation was caught on video, which was later posted on Facebook (the video contains foul language). It shows a group of officers getting into a scuffle with a man standing on a sidewalk littered with tents and other debris.
The man continues to scuffle with four of the officers, even after he's wrestled to the ground. What appears to be one of the officers is heard saying "Drop the gun. Drop the gun."
Then, at least one of the officers opens fire on the man, who remained on the ground with at least two officers near him.
Five gunshots are heard on the recording.
Police have not identified the dead man or said how many officers were involved, or how many shots were fired. The man was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about noon, according to police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery.
He said that at one point during the struggle a Taser had been deployed, but investigators did not know if it was used on the man who was subsequently shot.
Witnesses at the scene identified the victim by his street name, “Africa”, and gave conflicting accounts of what they saw.
Dennis Horne, 29, said Africa had been fighting with someone else in his tent when police arrived.
When Africa refused to comply with a police order to come out of the tent, officers used the Taser on him and dragged him out, Horne said. The officers tackled Africa to the ground, where he continued to fight, which led to the fatal shooting, according to Horne.
“It's sad,” Horne said. “There's no justification to take somebody's life.”
Another witness, Lonnie Franklin, 53, said five to six officers pulled up in three to four cars as Africa was lying face down on the sidewalk. The officers approached with guns drawn yelling, ”Down, down,” according to Franklin.
When Africa got up and started fighting, the officers “went straight to lethal force,” Franklin said.
But Jose Gil, 38 , said he saw the man swinging at the police and then heard one of the officers say, “Gun, gun, he's got my gun!” before police fired multiple shots.
Another witness, who asked not to be identified, said the man punched and kicked the officers and reached for one of their service weapons before the officers fired at least seven times.
An area resident, who identified himself as Booker T. Washington, said police had come by repeatedly to ask Africa to take down his tent. People are allowed to sleep on the streets from 9 p.m to 6 a.m., but they are supposed to remove their tents in the daytime under a court agreement.
“This man got shot over a tent,” Washington said.
Ina Murphy, who lives in an apartment nearby, said Africa had arrived in the area about four or five months ago. He told her he had recently been released after spending 10 years in a mental facility, Murphy said.
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff first saw the video of the shooting via social media. He was watching it again when reached by a Times reporter Sunday evening, trying to hear what exactly the officers had said to the man.
"My heart just started pounding just watching it," Soboroff said. "I feel the adrenaline. These situations are just so horrific."
He stressed that the LAPD, the independent inspector general and the district attorney's office would all investigate the shooting "very, very carefully."
"Of course I would encourage people not to rush to judgment. It's not fair to anybody. It's not fair to the family of the victim or the victim or the officers," he said. "We'll find out what happened."
Montgomery said Sunday evening that investigators were in the process of interviewing "loads of people" who were in the area at the time of the shooting. He said there would potentially be more video recordings of the incident, noting that he could see two surveillance cameras mounted on buildings at the scene.
It was still unclear how many officers fired their weapons or what was said to the man before he was shot, Montgomery said.
The LA Times noted the words rush to judgement.
This is what that annoying conservative agitator does.
Say if this event makes it to the cable news agitators.
Some agitator will find some reason to agitate it. He is the prime agitator of an event that involves race. Most would find it in Rev. Perm, but seriously that annoying conservative agitator is a defender of "white rights". He is often the guy who likes to side with the officer (or vigilante) because Black leaders or President Barack Obama address concerns.
Melissa Harris-Perry, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Tom Joyner, Rev. Perm, that annoying conservative agitator, Crazy-ass Alex Jones, O'Loofus, the Craigslist of conservative agitation, Tavis Smiley and Breitfart are the agitators. They often exploit these controversies for ratings or click bait.
|Who are you going to believe the officer or the dead suspect?|
In the crowd was Yannick Babou, 34, a street vendor who works in skid row. Babou said he came out to show his frustration and anger with law enforcement.
"I'm not anti-police. I think we need police in society," Babou said. "But I think we need to hold police accountable when they do something wrong."
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to "Africa", the unarmed man killed by police.
|CDs are becoming an endangered species.|
Fridays are for movies releases. Now you can add album releases to Friday.
Drake has proven to be the lion that roars in the 2015 with his surprise album. But now it seems like this is going to be a new norm. The music industry will now make an effort to release albums from major recording artists on Friday.
Agence France-Presse reports that the music industry has announced an agreement to release albums globally on Fridays, ending divergences among regions that have fueled piracy in an age of instant music.
Key groups representing music retailers, record companies and artists said that they would coordinate album releases to go out everywhere each Friday at one minute past midnight local time.
Thursday's decision, after nine months of consultation, is expected to go into effect by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, said Frances Moore, chief executive officer of the music industry's global body IFPI.
"What is absolutely clear is that there is nearly unanimous agreement that a global release date is a good thing," Moore told AFP.
Under longstanding traditions, albums are generally released on Monday in Britain and France, Tuesday in the United States, Wednesday in Japan and Friday in Australia and Germany.
The variations have looked increasingly anachronistic amid the rapid growth of digital downloading and more recently streaming, contributing to a black market for albums already out in one region.
Moore said that a global release date would help bring more excitement to the industry.
"Let's say Daft Punk, for example, makes an announcement saying that their album's out today, but it's in America and it's not until Friday in Germany. There is a three- or four-day gap.
The move according to AFP is going to shake up small business. You see that with Tuesday being a normal release date for most album releases, it's essential that the small business see the product move in the early. Digital releases are dominating everything. It is practically killing CDs, DVD, vinyls and the old cassette tapes.
Granted that a number of independent retailers in the United States, the world's largest music market, had opposed the Friday release date, arguing that weekends were already the busiest time and it made sense to encourage customers to come on an otherwise slow Tuesday.
In recent years, artists including Beyonce and Madonna have also suddenly released albums without warning, sometimes selling them first in digital format, either in response to leaks or sometimes to avoid them.
Moore said that the Friday plan enjoyed broad support but that there would be no legal ramifications for anyone who insists on another day.
"But there is a clear majority in favor of doing this, and I think eventually it will be aligned," she said.
Enjoy the music from Rae Sremmurd, a rap group that appears on Interscope Records and Ear Drummers Entertainment.
Eye of the beholder.....
The racist right again worked up over a rumor and not a confirmed fact.
See the Craigslist of conservative agitation calls this a paper and not a website. That's the first misleading thing to read on that racist watering hole.
See they don't rely on the Associated Press, Reuters or the American media sources. Heck the agitators can get the Agence France-Presse as a reliable foreign source. They would believe a foreign website that got its sources from another foreign source. Obviously, you can't believe everything off the internet.
But the racist right regardless will believe it.
Like I seriously don't often go off on this stuff. But the lies and countless misinformation campaign led by conservative agitators is seriously graying the fact-checkers.
They're worked up over a report that President Barack Obama may order U.S. warships to down Israeli jets if they attempt to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
But here's the kicker, it was in early 2014. So why hasn't this been mention in the American junk food media?
The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.
According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back.
The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Al-Jarida quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran's nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.
According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army's chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran's nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel's security.”
|President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.|
So this is an alleged report of the president threatening American military action on Israeli jets.
Anyone who supports a foreign leader over an American president should renounce their American citizenship and declare their allegiance to that country.
No kidding. I don't care what political party our president represents. We are Americans, we declare our loyalty to the United States, not a foreign country.
You can go at the president on policy and every other outrage mustered up. But to just take the side of foreign leaders is just an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
I don't support foreign leaders regardless of who they are!
|American lawmakers kiss this foreign leader's ass.|
The junk food media, the conservative agitators and Republicans have declared their allegiance to the Israeli government. They have made Israel the 51st state.
They pledge their loyalty to the State of Israel.
Instead of working on a peaceful end to the Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Republican Party, the junk food media, the conservative agitators and Benjamin Netanyahu will push for more sanctions that could derail international talks.
His anticipated speech has caused an uproar. The Weeper of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has invited Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress without proper acknowledgment to the White House. The president was none to thrilled about this. Some say this is an attempt to scaremonger and help Netanyahu win his bid for reelection as Israeli prime minister. This breech of protocol has gotten to the point where now it's out in the open, President Barack Obama had enough of Netanyahu meddling in the affairs of America.
The president will not meet Netanyahu during his visit. Vice President Joe Biden will not attend the Joint Session. A handful of Democratic politicos are boycotting this.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee is cautiously supporting the decision to have him speak.
The controversial conservative leader has maintained that Iran is "close" to developing nuclear weapons, and he's vowed to attack the nation if the United States and its allies refuse to do so. He opposes the two-state solution for the Palestinian territories. Netanyahu continues to advocate building Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
|No new friends.|
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are working with the five leaders in Switzerland to accomplish this. The Six Party talks are extremely important. These talks will hopefully give the United Nations an opportunity to inspect the Iran's nuclear plants and defuse any reactors that could be used in producing a weapon.
Republicans made Israeli defense a top priority among their obsession to stop the Islamic State.
They gotten tired of claiming the president is hurting the economy with his policies. So now instead of playing to this"Obama's not working" narrative, they've figured now "Obama's is weak on terrorism and foreign policy".
For one thing, I do not support foreign leaders. I have unanimous support for the United States and the president. I don't care what party the president represent. As long as I declare my loyalty to the country of my birth, no other country matters.
Israel has nuclear weapons.
Israel has a espionage service called the Mossad. The agency has been notorious in killing people without due process. They are considered terrorists.
Israel's military has committed war crimes. In the 2014 conflict in the Gaza Strip, over 3,000 people (mostly innocent people) died and Netanyahu doesn't give a fuck about them.
I'm going to be upfront with you.
It's about time the United States start cutting ties with Israel. I mean this ongoing debate over a two party solution has been over 60 years of failed policies and a bunch of stubbornness.
We've put too much time and effort into a failure.
Netanyahu is not willing to work for peace. He benefits from war and his speech to the Congress is another attempt to drive the Western backed powers into an endless war.
Sunday, March 01, 2015
I've taken a break from Facebook. I am not ashamed or worried about people "dropping me".
The past month has been miserable. I've been coping with a lot of things. Some are self-inflicted and others are just consequences of my naive trust for users and abusers.
I am tired of looking at Facebook. All that crap from my "friends" and family, has gotten out of hand. I am tired of looking at their walls or updates.
I've told the good readers of Journal de la Reyna in 2013, that Facebook is destined for a downfall.
It's a matter of time before you will log out and find the next social media sensation.
I mean c'mon. Seriously, how many friends do you really know online?
I know "thousands" of people. But I am close to only one person. ME!
I am reclusive and often times a social outcast. I don't hide my feelings towards certain people and feel that being the dreaded "nice guy" spurns me with nothing but failure and resent towards others.
I've been hurt too many times people and some of the women I've dated. I've kicked my best friends to the curb. They were useless.
I will continue to associate with people but at a close distance.
Yeah, the social media is getting boring. I spend way too much time online. I got to find ways to break myself of the social media obsession. The social media includes the video streaming, the online dating and blogs.
I am a part of the social media. Me and S. Baldwin have done it for years. I don't think I'll stop blogging online. But maybe I will keep my social media intake to a low.
Stay focus to Journal de la Reyna and help push us into the mainstream.
So I'll post occasionally on Facebook. I will "like" some of my friends postings.
I will tweet some things online. I mean Twitter isn't one of the most frequent places I go to.
I will share a photo or two on Instagram. But I am going to stop following Snoop Dogg. He's posting so much stuff, it's kind of annoying at times. And I am a big fan of the hip-hop icon....
I will cautiously respond to some request on POF, OKCupid, Badoo, and Tinder. Not every woman is truthful on their profiles. About a majority of these profiles are fake. The online dating websites are trying their best to make money off the lonely and desperate. They'll bait you and rope you into a monthly subscription and you'll still be single looking for love.
"I am not a second choice..." to quote my lovely friend name Jordan.
Now back to the subject matter here. Facebook becomes the center of controversy. A group of teens were threatening each other online and wanted to make this brawl into a viral sensation. It didn't go out like they've planned.
|Kierra'onna Rice. The price of fame kills this teen.|
In Birmingham, Kierra'onna Rice paid the price. The Alabama teen was accompanied with a bunch of ignorant teens. They were witnessing the fight in a park. They wanted to film it but it quickly turned awry when
This feud started with a fight three weeks ago that ended with Rice and several other girls agreeing to meet in a local park for a physical fight. They tipped off others through Facebook to meet up and wanted to settle business.
"Fights on the street are not fair and are extremely unpredictable," he said. "You're agreeing to accepting the harm that may take place to you and others."
Two male suspects began shooting soon after the girls arrived at the park.
"They took it upon themselves to fire recklessly into a crowd," he said.
According to Edwards, there is nothing so far to indicate that the shooting was planned.
Two suspects ages 17 and 19 have been arrested and were identified by witnesses as the shooters. Police will release their names once formal charges have been filed.
Rice is the second 14-year-old homicide victim in Birmingham in the last few weeks.
Edwards said that police are seeing a connection between teenagers and guns, causing "big concerns" among officers.
"We're starting to see a lot of teens armed and extremely dangerous," he said. "We are starting to see them become more violent. They're using guns to solve their issues.
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Kierra'onna Rice.
|The weeper appears on CBS to bitch about the president.|
GOP Sundays continues to be fixture for the Republicans. They appear more than the Democrats.
And on these programs, Republicans are bitching and blaming as usual. They have control of Congress and yet they can't get along. They rely on the Democrats to bail them out of tough spots.
Yet, they appear on these programs to sit the blame on Democrats for "doing nothing" and being the party of "no".
The agitators are discussing the results of CPAC, terrorism and funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
This is by far the worst legislative body to ever hold power. The Republicans are in serious trouble.
The insurgents are not willing to pass legislation without fingering President Barack Obama in the eye. They rather let the country suffer in order to prevent the president from getting things done.
The American people gave the Republicans an opportunity to do things and yet they've already put it in trouble. The junk food media has allowed them to get a pass on most of their stupidity.
The Department of Homeland Security will be funded for a few days.
House Weeper John Boehner (R-OH), Racist Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Douche Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appeared on the GOP Sunday news programs. Insurgent Jim Jordan (R-OH) was on CNN.
Each of these lawmakers were pointing fingers at President Barack Obama over the possible DHS shutdown.
They are trying to stop the president's executive order on immigration. The extremist wing is trying to prevent nominations and bills from being passed because they oppose the president.
Instead of governance, it's pure politics and utter stupidity from the Republicans.
Boehner appears on CBS with John Dickerson.