Former Fort Worth Cop Charged With Murder

JusticeHe resigned on Monday. Former cop who killed black woman in her home charged with murder.

The video released by police shows two officers searching the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window. The officer does not identify himself as police.

I can recommend an opinion piece in the National Review. When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes.

The video is puzzling and shocking. After receiving a call to a non-emergency number requesting that police check on a neighbor’s house that had its doors open and its lights on, police approach silently. They look into an open door and into a brightly lit room, but they don’t say anything. They then creep around the house, moving from light to dark. They use a flashlight. They keep moving around the edges of the house.

Suddenly, in a mere moment, one of them spots movement in a window. The officer yells for the shadowy figure to put up her hands and then immediately fires a shot.

That also covers other incidents, where people were given conflicting and impossible instructions by cops, and then shot for noncompliance. With impossible instructions.

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Another Dead Homeowner, Executed in Her Own Home

Because of an open door, and cop doing a “welfare check.” Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.

A neighbor called about an open door. He shot the homeowner thru the window. They say “a gun was in the house” but they don’t say she was armed when she was executed for the crime of being a black homeowner in her own home.

he officer, who has been with the department since April 2018, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. The department’s major case and internal affairs units and the Tarrant County district attorney’s law-enforcement incident team will conduct the investigation.

I predict that nothing will come of the investigation. Because why would it. All he did was execute one of the Little People.

New York’s Finest? Not Hardly

An NYPD screwup two-fer.

This guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed. NYPD cop points gun at waitress’s head in Queens karaoke lounge: police sources

Two cops go out for drinks after shift.

At one point in the night, one of the lounge’s waitresses noticed Hyun Kim’s gun and asked if he was a “gangster,” according to sources.

“No, I’m a cop and this is my boss,” the cop responded, pulling his gun and racking it, which scattered bullets and his magazine on the ground, according to sources.

“We’re the only ones…” quote goes here. Which in NYC, they actually feel that way.

Then there is this idiot. NYPD officer charged with assault in domestic incident.

The 26-year-old cop, Steve Guerrero, with less than 18 months on the job, was arrested just after 9 a.m. Sunday and charged with assault, according to the NYPD.

Good to see that the selection criteria of NYPD is still strong. Or something.

Police in the UK Failing Victims of Sexual Violence

They couldn’t even be bothered to do the minimum required paperwork in one case. Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds.

Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found.

She did proceed. The guy was arrested and sent to prison. No thanks to these 2. And the “punishment” they received will ensure that nothing changes. That punishment was written reprimands. Yeah, that will make them sit up and pay attention.

The case was revealed after the proportion of reported rapes prosecuted in England and Wales fell to just 1.5 per cent, sparking legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

More details at the story, including more personal accounts of how the justice system in the UK is broken.

And it’s the UK, so all the women have been disarmed for their own safety. Or something.

FBI Doesn’t Think They Have to Follow the Rules

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Cops never think that the rules apply to them. Newly declassified court documents reveal FBI FISA violations in targeting Americans.

Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.

Because the Deep State doesn’t think there is anything they can’t do.

“Lie, Cheat and Steal” – Chicago’s Gang Unit

Carrying on the fine tradition of Special Operations Section, and the fine tradition of putting “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System. Allegedly. 2 gang officers used police powers ‘to lie, cheat and steal,’ prosecutors allege as trial starts in earnest.

A Chicago police sergeant and an officer on his gang team “used their police powers to lie, cheat and steal” by obtaining bogus search warrants to routinely rob drug dealers of cash and narcotics, federal prosecutors said as the officers’ federal corruption trial got underway in earnest Tuesday.

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover that Chicago Cops might be up to no good. Okay, so I’m not that shocked.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who has this to say:

This should also be (again) an indictment of the “merit” system and phone call units. But it won’t be.

The merit system being (apparently) a way to reward folks who are on the inside of the political system.

‡ for those of you who don’t remember the Chicago PD’s Special Operation Section, More Pleas in the Chicago PD SOS Case and Chicago PD Shuts Down Special Operations Section and when they created the Gang Unit, Back to the Future – Chicago Style, though the links are busted since that all happened in 2007. (They want you to pay for the Chicago Tribune archive data.)

I Want to Find a Moral In the Story

JusticeBut this is a tragedy of the largest degree, caused by arrogance, and compounded by a stupid mistake. But mostly the result of arrogance. Jury finds Amber Guyger guilty of murder in shooting death of Botham Jean.

Amber Guyger was charged with murder in the September 2018 killing of Botham Jean, but the jury could choose to convict her of murder, manslaughter or choose to acquit.

Here’s the language from the jury charge on each of these terms:

“A person commits the offense of murder if the person 1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual or 2) intends to cause serious bodily injury and commits and act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual.

“Our law provides a person commits the offense of manslaughter if she recklessly causes the death of an individual. A person acts recklessly or is reckless with respect to the result of her conduct when she is aware of but consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor’s standpoint.”

She pointed a gun at another human being and pulled the trigger. An act “clearly dangerous to human life.” She wasn’t juggling knives and had one get away from her. The fact that she was not in her apartment as she thought she was, is to my way of thinking, beside the point. If you aim and fire a gun at a human being, you had better be 100% sure that you know what the fuck is going on. And you better be in imminent danger of death or grave bodily harm, not just pissed off because you are not getting your way. All she knew was that he wasn’t following her orders. He was “disrespecting her authority.” Can’t have that.

A bunch of media outlets are asking “will this change the culture of policing?” To which I have to say, “No.” Why would it? Every cop in America is saying, “I would never do that.” By which they mean, “make a mistake,” and not “shoot someone for no reason.”