Hialeah Cop Gets Pass on Sexual Battery

JusticeCops and prosecutors protecting their own. (Justice? What’s that?) Women and girls said a Hialeah cop sexually assaulted them. The chief gave him a raise.. (For those of you who are challenged by the subject of Florida geography, Hialeah is a suburb of Miami.)

Starting in 2015, internal affairs investigators gathered evidence that Menocal had committed “unlawful sexual activity” with minors, a second-degree felony, and had broken more than 20 departmental rules and policies. The evidence was handed to Velázquez and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office — but neither the police chief nor prosecutors acted to punish him.

Far from disciplining Menocal, whose well-connected family has held high-ranking positions in South Florida law enforcement, Velázquez gave him a raise — and moved him back onto the SWAT team as a coordinator.

Rules apply to the little people, not the cops. And especially not if his family is “well-connected.” (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

Another Failure of Victim-selection Process

I’m guessing things didn’t go the way she planned. Florida woman breaks into Port Charlotte home, gets shot in butt.

She went to a home and forced her way in. Then she got into a fight with one of the people in the home, and ended up getting shot, at which point she ran away.

Gutzler then ran away, but later called 911 asking for medical assistance.

Deputies found her near Strasburg Drive and Seaton Avenue, then took her to a to Lee Memorial as a trauma alert.

She was treated, released from the hospital and booked into the county lockup.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal In Florida

Deadly Merritt Island Shooting At Walmart In June Determined To Be Self-Defense, Legally Justified: Prosecutors.

State prosecutors have announced that the deadly force used by 28-year-old Rashad Gibson when he shot and killed 27-year-old Shawn Robbins at the Merritt Island Walmart on June 2, 2019, was legally justified and amounted to self-defense.

Wheels of Justice turn slowly in that part of Florida, no doubt slowed by some of the circumstances. (Click thru.)

But The Left Tells Me I Can’t Use an AR-15 for Self-defense

I guess she should have let them continue to beat up her husband or partner. Sheriff: Pregnant woman uses AR-15 to fatally shoot home invader.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff spokesperson told NBC News, when one of the intruders began pistol whipping the male homeowner, the pregnant woman retrieved her legally owned AR-15 and fired one round. She struck one of the men.

This story is from Friday, though the media was apparently sitting on the fact that it was an AR-15.

And self-defense is a human-right.

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed As Texans

So how should a woman defend herself from 2 home-invaders? Without a firearm, that is. Woman shoots, kills home invader in Lithia; 2nd man on the run.

Deputies were told two men broke into a home and made some sort of demand to the two homeowners, said Losat, with one of the occupants getting pistol-whipped and beat up.

The second female homeowner grabbed a legally-owned firearm, fired one round and hit one of the invaders. The person was found dead in a ditch on the side of the road.

Deputies say the 2nd guy ran. No word on whether he is still running, or if he stopped to change his underwear.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is mostly your legal right.

Florida Teachers Can Be Armed – Liberals Have Their Knickers in a Twist

Because guns are scary. Some Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns In The Classroom.

The law, an expansion of the state’s Guardian Program, was passed in response to the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. The program initially allowed certain school employees or hired guards to carry weapons but was expanded by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in May to include teachers who meet certain training standards if their school district approves. [My emphasis. Z-Deb.]

Guess how Miami-Dade, and Broward County schools are reacting.

And all the expected reactions are coming from all the usual suspects. The Sky Is Falling. Blood In The Streets. Whatever.

Hat tip to LCBren at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, who notes…

The only way to deal with a bad guy with a gun..is a good guy with a gun.

Self-defense is Legal in Florida

JusticeAnd the State’s Attorney just hates that. Fort McCoy man won’t face charges in shooting death.

In a three-page memorandum, Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman said that, based “on the physical evidence, which is consistently with the statements of the suspect, along with the fact that this event occurred on the suspect’s property, the State is unable to prove that the suspect did not act in self-defense.”

Three pages to say what could be conveyed in one sentence. Do lawyers get paid by the word, the way pulp-fiction writers used to get paid?

Somehow the end of that sentence comes across as “we tried, and failed to find a way to lock this law-abiding homeowner away.” But maybe I’m just cynical. (Okay, so I’m cynical; bite me.)

But self-defense is a human-right. And mostly it is your legal-right in Florida.

Cops Don’t Like To Be On Video

And in Miami, the cops will arrest you for video recording, even though that is your right under the law. (How are you going to stop them?) Video Shows Miami Cops Attacking Black Man for Recording Them With Cell Phone.

In the first clip, Gonzalez, standing on a public street, repeatedly tells Williams to stop recording him.

“Sir, if you put that phone in my face again, we’re going to have a problem,” Gonzalez says on camera. The cops then state they are giving Williams a “lawful order” to cross the street and stand on the sidewalk. Williams complies — only for Gonzalez to swat the phone from his hand and handcuff him anyway.

Because they can’t let you record everything they do. How can they be expected to beat up innocent people, take bribes, or any of the rest of it, if they are captured on video? </sarcasm>

The Consequences for Breaking Into Homes in Florida Can Be Extreme

Yet another breakdown of the victim-selection process. Shooter in fatal home invasion may have acted in self-defense, Lakeland cops say.

Authorities said [Anastasia] Crumb-Guy and [Tysheana] Marshall broke into the house and got into a fight with the residents. Crumb-Guy had grabbed a knife and tried to block the path of one of the residents who tried to leave, police spokeswoman Robin Tillett said.

The other resident then fired a warning shot before shooting at the two alleged attackers.

One died, one is in custody. The investigation continues.

A Scapegoat Fights Back

Apparently he is on record saying that they needed to do more in the way of protecting against ransomware. When Ransomware Cripples a City, Who’s to Blame? This I.T. Chief Is Fighting Back.

Pleading that you are resource-constrained and cannot secure your servers doesn’t sit well with me. It isn’t a question of IF you will be hit with ransomware, at this point, if you work for any government agency, from local library to state police, you can be sure you will get hit at some point in the future.

A lot of smaller communities are resource-constrained. If you have a million dollars, are you going to fix the potholes constituents have been calling about, open parks and swimming pools for the summer? Or buy new servers and do all the things that are going to make you more secure?

IF you cannot maintain the servers, then take them offline. Do without. Do not rely on technology you are not maintaining. Put paper and pencil processes back in place before the cyber-criminals force you to do it in an unplanned way. You can’t have it both ways. The Information Technology supporting your operations cannot be both “critical” and “not important enough” to spend money on at the same time.

As for Brian A. Hawkins, he is suing.

But in a new lawsuit, Mr. Hawkins said he had warned the city about its vulnerability long ago — urging the purchase of an expensive, cloud-based backup system that might have averted the need to pay a ransom.

But there was no money. And to those weighing the many competing priorities in the northern Florida city of 12,000 people, purchasing capacity on remote computer servers didn’t seem to rise to the top — at the time. Once the city’s entire computer network crumbled in the space of a few hours, there was an intense round of finger-pointing, and it ended with Mr. Hawkins.

Of course all of those things he recommended (and more) in 2017 are now being done.