Of Course You Can Defend Your Family

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSTell me how this would have ended if the “juvenile” didn’t have access to a firearm. Police: Juvenile shot, killed man inside Batesville apartment, possibly in self-defense.

Witnesses at the scene told investigators the juvenile shot the man, who was allegedly armed with a knife and attacking the juvenile’s mother.

Both the child and his mother are cooperating with authorities, and the Franklin County prosecutor said he would not pursue criminal charges until police complete their investigation.

So according to the Left, any firearms should have been “locked, securely away” from this kid, so that the only course of action available was to stand by and watch as this guy killed his mother. Or take on a grown man, who was armed with a knife, and obviously not to worried about inflicting harm.

So. I wish someone on the gun-hating Left would tell me how a dead mother, and an orphaned child would someone be preferable to dead miscreant.

Even though no one has been identified, I’m going to assume this was a domestic-violence encounter.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Indiana

JusticeBut then I thought it was. Self-defense: No charges after fatal shooting in Kroger parking lot that left school protection officer dead.

And only about 2 weeks for the prosecutor to make that determination is a bit amazing. Some jurisdictions can take months, even when the case is this clear.

After following Parks “aggressively” and cutting across traffic to follow him into a parking lot, Martin blocked his car in. So Parks armed himself and got out of the car.

Parks told investigators he asked Martin “What’s your problem, man?” That’s when Martin reportedly grabbed Parks by the neck. Parks then shot Martin twice and called 911.

Witnesses and surveillance video helped confirm most of Parks’ report.

The DA is going on about “stress” in times of pandemic, blah blah blah. Everyone has stress to some degree, that is not a reason to assault someone. And as this incident points out, it won’t always end the way you think it will.

Self-defense is a human-right.

The Steel Industry Recovers

This will only be “local news,” because good economic news doesn’t help the Democrats. U.S. Steel restarting another blast furnace at Gary Works as steel industry recovers.

The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, one of Northwest Indiana’s largest industrial employers, idled blast furnaces as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered many auto plants, some of the largest end users of steel products. But it fired back up the No. 6 Blast Furnace at Gary Works right after the 4th of July weekend and is now bringing the No. 8 blast furnace back online.

Why produce more steel? Because the auto industry is recovering as well.

The announcement comes at a time when production has been picking back up after auto factories like the Chicago Assembly Plant went back to work and ramped back up to three shifts. Steel production in the Great Lakes region climbed up to 450,000 tons last week, up from around 400,000 a week a few weeks ago, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Well, and there was an explosion at another mill which showed “shrapnel of refractory” indicating that the furnace suffered serious damage.

But good economic news on the auto industry and steel fronts? That is only local interest! The media has to cover how Trump is killing people with COVID-19.

Note: A recent post on Detroit, got me thinking about steel on Chicago’s South Side. I remember when the City of Chicago paid the gas bill on the blast furnaces for two years, because shutting off the furnaces meant they would have to be partially destroyed to relight them. Anyway, that brought about search on steel, and what do you know, good economic news.

Bad Guy With a Gun Stopped By Good Guy With a Gun

That thing the Left says never happens… Legally armed driver shoots, kills gunman to stop fatal shooting spree in Indiana.

The would-be bad guy attacked 2 cemetery workers, and chased one into an intersection, shooting him. A bullet entered the vehicle of what the cops are calling a Good Samaritan.

That man stepped out of the car, returned fire with a legal weapon and fatally struck Hayes.

“This tragic event could have been much more disastrous,” Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett told WISH. “Victim three not only saved victim two’s life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others. Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day.”

I suppose the position of the Left is that he should have called 911, been disarmed, and perhaps shot and killed, and the 2nd worker, who survived should also have been killed waiting for cops to arrive.

Self-defense is a human-right. (Hat tip to MaddMedic.)

The Violent Left

Because if you disagree you must be destroyed. Indiana woman shot, killed after argument with Black Lives Matter supporters, family says.

Ramirez alleged that the group shouted “Black Lives Matter,” to which either Whitaker or someone else in their group reportedly responded with, “All Lives Matter.”

And “All lives matter” was described – by Fox News – as a “racial slur.” OK.

The media seems to be ignoring this.

Self-defense Is Legal in Indiana

Even if the DA doesn’t want it to be. Prosecutor closes Henderson shooting death case, ruling it self defense.

6 months to decide that shooting someone, threatening you with a baseball bat inside your own home is OK. Was this DA hoping he could charge the homeowner with something?

Nash said the prosecutor’s office believes the use of force by the homeowner in the confrontation was justifiable, legal self-defense. “We have nothing at this point to suggest otherwise in this case,” Nash said.

Nash, the prosecutor, sounds incredibly disappointed.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into an occupied dwelling was a good idea. Homeowner on Indy’s south side shoots robber trying to break in, police say.

The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. in the 800 block of Lawrence Avenue which is near East Hanna Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say a man attempted to break into a house, but the homeowner shot the man.

He was listed in critical condition. The investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Prison is Unfair

I thought that the point of the Criminal Justice System was supposed to be the protection of Society. It is starting to look like a jobs program for lawyers. Ex-boyfriend out on bond for shooting woman 6 times returned to home and killed her, prosecutors say. Hammond mayor says justice system failed her..

In November he shot her 6 times and was arrested for attempted murder. Later in November he was released on bail.

Last Thursday, he came back and shot her 5 times, killing her.

How’s that bail reform working out? How long before you blame the gun? No blame for the criminal? No blame for the judge? If it was anyone but a .gov bureaucrat making these awful decisions you could charge them with depraved indifference. This outcome was completely predictable, and so “The System” has to have some responsibility. There will be no accountability. (They work for the government.)

On Facebook, [Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.] on Friday criticized Goforth’s release in the November case, saying the justice system “failed” Williams. Lake Superior Magistrate Natalie Bokota, assigned to the case, approved a request on Dec. 11, allowing him to continue living in Missouri, records show.

And this judge doesn’t appear to have a good record vis a vie recidivism.

In an unrelated case, Bokota accepted a plea agreement in 2018 for James McGhee, charged with beating his pregnant girlfriend, killing two of four fetuses. He later kidnapped her for about a month, records allege. He received three years probation.

McGhee was later charged with killing another girlfriend.

I understand no wanting to keep people in jail ahead of a trial just because they are poor. But violent criminals being free is not a good thing.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought robbery was a good idea. He was wrong. Police: Man says he shot teen in self-defense.

He was just sitting in his car, when a teen walked up to him and tried to rob him.

Steffler was found in the roadway of Laurel Street, near the 1500 block of Nichol Avenue, with gunshot wounds, [Joel] Sandefur [with the Anderson Police Department.] said. Parkhurst stayed at the scene of the shooting until police arrived, then was taken to the police department for questioning. Police said he was not under arrest.

The guy who got shot was taken to a regional trauma center.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Don’t Bring a Baseball Bat to a Gunfight

Things won’t go well for you. Columbus homeowner fatally shoots man he says confronted him with baseball bat.

The homeowner told police he was confronted inside his own home by an unknown person with a baseball bat and discharged a firearm a short time later, striking the man, police said.

The guy who got shot was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The investigation continues.

Yet Another Failure of a Victim-selection Process

He thought it was a good idea to rob a hotel. Lafayette hotel clerk fires shot when thief threatens him with weapon.

The night clerk at a Hampton Inn in Lafayette chased two thieves from the hotel early Thursday, firing a shot at them when one of them threaten him, according to police.

The bad guy thought it was a good idea to threaten the clerk with a bolt-cutter. There is no indication that the shot hit anyone, but it did make the bad guys beat a hasty retreat.

Neighbors Were Shocked

Because they always are. Homeowner shoots through front door at would-be intruders.

A resident told police at about one Thursday afternoon, he heard two men singing Christmas carols as they knocked on the door, then tried to kick it in.

The homeowner shot at the men, who took off — one possibly in an older model teal car.

As for the neighbors?

“Kinda scary considering there was a gunshot about 200 yards, if that, from where I’m standing,” Lance Turner says.

Neighbors like Turner in the Lincoln Village neighborhood on the city’s north side off Cook Road are concerned.

The didn’t realize that they lived in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often, does happen. Oh, and people defend themselves. I’m sure Mr. Turner would have been happy if his neighbor had been injured or killed, as long as no firearms were involved. Or something.

Self-defense In Indiana

Or how would you react to someone forcing entry to your home? Police: Elkhart man shot during attempted home invasion in Cass County.

Police say the 35-year-old homeowner got into a fight with the Elkhart man after he forced his way into the home. The homeowner then shot the man, who drove and was later found at Elkhart General Hospital.

Investigation continues. DA is reviewing. But my guess is that the guy who got shot will be arrested once he is out of the hospital.

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

Some People Have Difficulty With the “Ex” Part of Ex-boyfriend

The “How dare you live without me!” attitude never works out in the long run. Police: ‘Domestic situation’ leads to man’s deadly shooting in east side home.

Friends and witnesses who live in the home say an ex-boyfriend broke into the house and tried to kill his ex-girlfriend. That’s when the intruder was shot and killed.

Police would only confirm the case appears to involve a domestic relationship.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Self-defense Is Legal in Indiana

Though prosecutors hate that. Jury finds Gary auto lot owner not guilty of murder, intimidation.

While I don’t have a particular problem with the DA trying this case, I do have a problem with some of his arguments. Well, one argument.

Square was found with a pistol in his back jeans pocket. Prosecutors alleged he never took the gun out of his pocket, and no round was ever put in the chamber, so it wouldn’t make sense that Square threatened Ocampo with it.

As if no one in the world ever threatened anyone with an empty gun, or a fake gun, or no gun at all.

Anyway I don’t think there was ever really a chance to overcome “reasonable doubt,” but that doesn’t mean that prosecutors aren’t going to try, because Justice takes a back seat to winning.

Self-defense and Don’t Talk to Police in One Story

You have the right to shut up. EPD: Fatal shooting behind Sportsman’s being investigated as possible self defense.

Because of the convoluted nature of our legal system, you can’t just remain quite, it’s my understanding (I’m not a lawyer) that you need to actually say something, like you would like to talk to them, but you are going to wait to confer with your attorney before answering questions as is your right under the 5th Amendment.

One witness, an employee on break at the restaurant, reported seeing a man fall to the ground and being beaten up before shots were fired.

The “shooter” (victim?) was taken to a local hospital.

Police are not releasing the identity of the man with the gun because he is the subject of an ongoing investigation. The man has not spoken to police, invoking his fifth amendment rights, Cullum said.

As for not talking to the police… The video below is worth watching, particularly if you carry a concealed weapon, but really for everyone.

I love this video. A lawyer (and maybe a law-school professor, certainly he is speaking at a law school) tells you why you should never talk to police. The first 7 minutes contain some laughs that are also worth your time, and the whole thing is less than 30 minutes, and includes all of your reasons why talking to the police is OK in your case, and why those reasons are wrong. Really 100 percent wrong.

Cops STILL Haven’t Realized They Are on Video

This happened at a high school. Where 99.9999% of the population has a cellphone. So his actions got recorded. Indianapolis cop charged with punching teen in face, lying about it.

He did some stuff to a student (who was never charged with a crime) and then he wrote a report and signed it. That makes it “an official action.” There is just one problem.

“These statements are believed to be false and contrary to video evidence, which appears to show Officer Lawson striking the juvenile with a closed fist and continuing to use force, including a knee strike to the juvenile’s abdomen or chest area.”

Because of course there is video. And that video contradicts his official report. So he’s charged with 3 felonies, including perjury, and misdemeanor battery. Felony stupidity is not among the charges filed.

Is it so hard to fathom that video is everywhere? In a place like Indianapolis, in a place like a high school people have cellphones and cellphone cameras, and about 2 seconds after a cop starts “interacting” with someone, people will be taking video of the encounter, and the longer it goes on, the more video there will be. Oh, and if the cops try to confiscate the phones/cameras, there will be video of that as well. This didn’t just happen yesterday, it has been the case for years.

Another Local Municipality Makes Ransomware Payment

I’m sure the taxpayers are just fine with the $130K payment. La Porte County Pays $130,000 Ransom To Ryuk Ransomware.

Another public administration in the U.S. surrenders cybercriminal demands as La Porte County, Indiana, pays $130,000 to recover data on computer systems impacted by ransomware.

The attack occurred on Saturday, July 6 and was spotted before it propagated to all the computer on the network. The IT department reacted was able to confine it to less than 7% of the laptops.

Actually insurance covered 100K leaving the $30,000 to be picked up by taxpayers. Though if it was only laptops, then the question is, “What was on those laptops, why wasn’t anything critical on servers and backed-up?”

The other question is, “How long is insurance going to continue to pay out on this kind of things?”

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought having a gun made him the most dangerous person in the confrontation. Terre Haute cab driver shoots 17-year-old accused in armed robbery attempt, does not currently face charges.

That wins the award for the least clearly written headline I’ve seen this year. The 17-year-old is accused of armed robbery. The cab driver does not face charges.

According to the Terre Haute Police Department, a cab driver from First Choice Cab picked up Young in downtown Terre Haute and drove him to Greenwood Manor to drop him off.

That is when Young allegedly pulled a gun on the driver and tried to rob him.

Police say the cab driver pulled out a gun and shot Young.

The guy who got shot was picked up by the cops and taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to be OK.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Indiana it is your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

A Domestic-violence Death All The Usual Suspects Will Ignore

Because while they don’t like domestic violence, they hate and despise self-defense. Woman Claims Self Defense In Shooting Death Of Dustin Abel.

Ex-husband acting in typical stalker-fashion was around in the morning. She called police in the morning, saying that she was afraid of him, but there was nothing the police could do. Then he returned later in the morning.

Police say Abel died from a single gunshot wound to the head as he rushed through the door of the home just before 10:30 a.m.

No charges have been filed, but the case is still being investigated.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Indiana, it is also your legal right.