The Story Behind the Memphis Shooting (and Riots)

Because the media doesn’t seem to want to talk about what lead up to this. Memphis.

Just so we have this straight:

  • named offender in a Mississippi shooting flees to Tennessee
  • makes a video saying how he’s not going down without a fight
  • is tracked down by US Marshals – not Memphis PD
  • rams numerous law enforcement vehicles
  • exits car with a gun

This is the guy who got shot by Memphis police and/or US Marshals. This is guy the riots are about. They’re not “rowdy protestors,” no matter what the media says.

In Mississippi he shot a guy 5 times. It isn’t clear to me why, though they were negotiating over a car that was for sale.

Self-defense in Memphis

Oh, and neighbors are shocked scared. East Memphis woman shoots burglar after he kicks down her door.

He was looking for somebody. He found somebody, but not who he was looking for.

Police say William Barnes was shot after he kicked in the front door of a home on South Holmes Street. Four days later the shooting still has one neighbor traumatized

The guy who got shot – several times – ended up at a local hospital, where he was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.

The neighbor? She shocked and dismayed to discover that she lives in The Real World™ and some fantasy land.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now. I mean, it’s so disturbing that this happened.”

After a week she says that. (I am woman, hear me cry hysterically.)

Self-defense Is Legal in Tennessee

A lot of DA’s hate self-defense. This is either one that doesn’t, or the office realized that sometimes it really is self-defense. District Attorney General not filing charges against stabbing victim who shot, killed Memphis man.

So the dead guy stabs another guy. That guy who got stabbed, shoots and kills the dead guy. It would be hard to argue in court that he didn’t fear death or grave bodily injury, since he had already suffered that injury.

The DA’s office said they declined to file charges against the man because they determined that his actions were in self-defense.

The guy who did the shooting is in a hospital, and is expected to survive.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Memphis: How To Destroy a Police Department

It’s almost as if politicians don’t understand that people can (and do) move. More cops. Is it the answer to fighting crime?.

Hurting tax revenues caused salary and benefit cuts. Attrition meant more overtime. A lot more. Not exactly the way to build morale and keep the peace.

And so what is the current “State of Memphis?”

Memphis has a murder rate worse than Chicago’s and a police force that has shrunk by nearly a fifth since 2011, to a head count of 2,020. The city is on its fourth round of outside police staffing consultants in eight years.

Say it again… 20% attrition in 8 years.

Armstrong says police recruiters from as far away as Texas and Florida were coming to Memphis to lure away his demoralized cops. “Until someone takes a look at the benefit packages, this is going to be a continual problem,” [former Memphis Police Director Toney] Armstrong said.

First, politicians don’t do enough to staff 911 centers – pay benefits and hours – and then they are surprised that 911 calls don’t get answered. Then they undercut the cops and are shocked when crime goes up. What the hell are they spending money on?

What comes in the city hierarchy before fire and police?

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man shot, killed after burglarizing home.

It couldn’t be simpler.

A man broke into the home and was shot by someone inside the home.

The guy who got shot fled in his car, but he crashed a short distance away. He was pronounced dead at the crash site.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Home Invader Meets Armed Resistance

I’m betting that things didn’t work out the way they thought it would. ‘I just thought everyone was dead.’ Suspect killed during Memphis home invasion.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, the suspects stormed their way into a residence on North Stevens Circle. One of the suspects is dead — and the two others are on the run.

Someone in the home was able to get a gun and defend themselves. Another person in the home jumped out a window and ran to a nearby police precinct.

Inside the home, there were multiple bullet holes.

Homicide detectives were at the home all morning. They determined someone inside the home shot and killed one of the three suspects.

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

He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

There isn’t much detail. This article, as short as it is, has more than at least one other. Police: Intruder shot dead at Hickory Hill apartment complex.

An intruder broke into an apartment, where he encountered an armed resident, who shot the intruder. The would-be bad-guy died a short time later.

No charges were filed against the homeowner.

Because self-defense is a human-right.

An “Assault Weapon” Used for Home Defense? Impossible

The media told me that NEVER happens. Man shoots and kills two burglars with AK-47 in Memphis, cops say | Miami Herald.

So a guy shows up at his house with a friend, to find 2 people ransacking his house. The uninvited guests open fire.

As the shooting went on, the homeowner pulled out a weapon of his own from a closet – a “personal” AK-47 rifle.

“I don’t know what’s going on but I know I’m going to defend my life to the best of my ability,” he told WMC. “I just let loose, not knowing it hit both of them,” the man told Fox 13.

Both bad guys were pronounced dead at the scene. The cops questioned the homeowner, but concluded that the shooting was in self-defense.

“I was just fast, rational thinking,” he told the station. “It was them or it was me, and unfortunately they was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

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Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

They thought breaking into a house was a good idea. Tennessee man shoots, kills would-be burglars at his home, police say – ZlotoNews

He came home from the barbershop to discover that his front door had been pried open. When the 2 miscreants ran outside, shooting, he returned fire, hitting both of them.

As far as being armed….

“I mean, we’re in Memphis, you’re going to need a gun,” he said.

Cops detained him – there was a homicide, after all – but he was released, and no charges will be filed.

That’s because self-defense is a human-right.

“I advise you to back the f*** up”

This story was from last week, but it is still worth a look. ‘She Ain’t Scared of Nothing’ Uncle Says After Niece Sends Creep Running for Cover

Definitely a failure of the victim-selection process.

The man approached the home first asking for a phone and then for a ride. Then, he pulled a gun.

There is video – more like there is audio – since most of the altercation happens off-camera. But there is video.

“I advise you to back the f*** up,” the woman said after the criminal had apparently threatened her husband. “Take off, get the f*** out of here!”

The would-be bad-guy fired, and she fired but apparently no one was hurt. Cops are still looking for the bad guy.

Self-defense is a human-right, and “a good guy with a gun is the best way to beat a bad guy with a gun.”

Are You Prepared to Wait 90 Minutes for a Response to Your 911 Call?

This was a call about an active home-invasion. Memphis father says delayed 911 response time put his family at risk | WREG.com

A mother was home with her 2 children when someone started breaking in. That was at 4:45pm. At 4:47pm a second call was made to inform dispatch that the mother was home with 2 kids, and someone was breaking in. A 3rd call was placed at 5:05. At 6:06 officers were available, and they arrived at the house at 6:18.

That is 93 minutes between the 1st call and response.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but if that is the only thing you are prepared to do, then you might want to reconsider your planning. They can’t send someone charging to your rescue, if they are all busy on other calls.

I leave this here without comment

Because I am at a loss as to what to say. From Memphis, TN: Life sentences for 3 in ‘revenge’ killing of 7-year-old girl | Fox News

Prosecutors said Stokes wanted revenge for the death of his sister, Cateria Stokes, 15, who was killed earlier the same day in a drive-by shooting linked to an ongoing dispute over a 2014 drug deal gone wrong, the Commercial Appeal reported.

So they kill a 7-year-old.

Self-defense in Memphis

JusticeHe thought it would be a good idea to rob a Chinese restaurant. He was wrong. Police: Fatal shooting at Sing Lay Chinese Restaurant ruled self-defense, no charges filed

“No criminal charges will be filed in connection with this homicide,” Memphis police said in a Twitter post Tuesday. “The suspect was armed while attempting to rob the business. The employee armed himself in self-defense, shooting the suspect.”

People are mostly confused on the subject of homicide. It literally means a death of one person caused by another person. In this case it was justified. It’s murder that’s a crime. (Among others)

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Memphis, Tennessee it is your legal right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered a failure of the victim-selection process. Memphis Liquor Store Employee Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

The FBI had issued a warning about a string of 8 liquor store robberies, by and armed and dangerous person, but cops don’t know if this marks the end of that spree.

In this case, the robber was shot and killed by the store employee he attempted to rob.

Self-defense is a human-right. Here’s hoping that particular crime spree was put to an end.

Armed Homeowner Stops Repeat Burglar

Bad things will happen if you break into a home and meet an armed resident. Homeowner shoots man accused of multiple home burglaries.

Moments before Lane was shot, he reportedly broke into a home next door where a woman was inside with her daughters and grandson. They hid in a closet and called 911.

Then he went to the home where he met with armed resistance to his intrusion.

Hines said he was getting ready for work, and in a split second, fired three shots.

“Just as soon as it happened, he’s lucky I didn’t have my glasses on. He’s blessed. Hopefully he’ll learn from this,” [the homeowner] said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Raleigh Residents Arm Themselves to Fight Crime

Does this count as an example of the militia? Raleigh residents turning to guns to deter crime

A Memphis community is considering turning to guns in order to take back their neighborhood against crime.

The Raleigh area held a meeting last week, and one neighborhood association wants to make sure residents are knowledgeable about gun safety and carry permits.

The media of course has to include a quote from someone who thinks only cops should be armed. But otherwise it is a pretty even-handed article.

For Once, Neighbors Were NOT Shocked

A true failure of the victim-selection process. Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruders, Memphis Police Search For – FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13.

He came home and found 3 men in his house. He shot 2 of them. “A third suspect got away after jumping out of a first-floor window.”

As for the neighbors…

“When you take something, come into someone’s house, that’s what you get,” Neighbor Ronnie Clark said, “That’s what you got over there, sorry for it, but stuff like that happens.”

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.