Self-defense Is Legal in Missouri

JusticeProsecutors didn’t agree. Man found not gulity of murder, defense says it was self-defense.

Cespedes who did testify in court says Miner got very angry and Cespedes was afraid for his life and reached for a gun.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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“We’re the only ones” stupid enough to play Russian Roulette

This is definitely a case of Cops Behaving Stupidly. St. Louis Officer Charged in Fatal Russian Roulette Shooting of Another Officer, Authorities Say.

A St. Louis police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the authorities said he fatally shot another officer during a game of Russian roulette.

I know this has been in the news for a few days, but it popped up AGAIN in my feeds, and I just can’t get over the level stupidity involved.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Resident shoots and kills 1 of 3 men trying to break into St. Louis home.

A 911 call to say that 3 men were trying to force their way into a home.

While officers were on the way, they got another call saying the homeowners had shot one of the men, the department said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived.

The other 2 ran like rabbits. Police recovered 3 guns, so they were armed for something bad.

Self-defense is human-right. And when seconds count, cops are minutes away.

Cops Think They Are Beating Up a Protester, He Was Actually an Undercover Cop

And he wasn’t willing to sweep the beat-down they gave him under the rug. Undercover St. Louis cop says colleagues beat him ‘like Rodney King’; describes attack as ‘free for all’.

An undercover St. Louis police officer who was beaten by colleagues during protests in 2017 later described the attack as a “free for all” and told someone at police headquarters that he was beaten “like Rodney King,” according to recently released court documents.

They beat him. (And others, but his beating resulted in an FBI investigation.) They destroyed his phone. Deprived him of his Constitutional Rights.

Do you think this was the 1st time they thought they could go outside the law, or just the first time they were caught?

The text messages that the FBI got – mostly about how if they did the same to a protestor, no problem.

Protect and Serve? Not hardly.

The indictment says the three thought Hall was a protester and assaulted him “while he was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone.” All four officers were working protest duty on the “Civil Disobedience Team,” and several had exchanged electronic messages before and after the arrest expressing “disdain” for protesters and “excitement about using unjustified force against them and going undetected while doing so.”

Hat tip to Wirecutter and Knuckledraggin My Life Away, who notes…

It’s not funny when it’s happening to you, huh?

Some Prosecutors Hate Self-defense

Especially when it is a wife defending herself from an abusive husband. Jury acquits Warren County woman accused of murdering husband.

On January 15, 2015, Ashley Hunter called 911 from her home in Foristell to report she had been in a physical altercations with her husband, Nicholas Hunter. She told the dispatcher she shot him in the chest.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department said her statements contradicted the evidence and she was charged with first-degree murder.

After four years in prison, she was acquitted on all charges and released.

Let’s revisit something.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department said her statements contradicted the evidence

When was she questioned? Minutes after having taken a life? A day? Or was it longer? Was she in shock? Did she have a lawyer present? Exactly how was the evidence contradicted? We are told none of these things.

In some jurisdictions cops are – by union rules – prevented from being questioned for 24-hours. And one of the beefs when body-cameras were introduced, was that their statements – for everything from simple arrests to shootings – didn’t always quite match the camera footage. When they got the ability to view the footage before making their reports, another group of citizens was outraged.

The reason that the Justice is always depicted as being blind – or one of the reasons – is that there will be some uncertainty in most judgements. But what is certain is that Prosecutors hate self-defense. in some cases more than others.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Two men walk into a bar convenience store… Except it wasn’t a joke, it was a robbery. Robber injured in Christmas shootout with store clerk in St. Louis.

Two men entered the Quick Shop Market at 4478 Natural Bridge Avenue near Newstead Avenue just before 5 p.m. and pointed handguns at the clerk, police said. The clerk pulled out his own handgun from behind the counter and exchanged gunfire with the robbers.

They ran like rabbits. One of the two miscreants showed up later at a hospital with a gunshot wound. He is in critical condition.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Smoked Goblin? Aisle 5

Yet another failure of the victim-selection process. Man trying to rob Independence store is shot by clerk.

He shot at some customers in the store, shattering a door to a cooler. Then he pointed the gun at the clerk.

“The robber pulled a gun out and was threatening to shoot him,” said Derrick Wilson, a customer. “Before he got a chance, the cashier pulled out his and shot him instead.”

Under the “No honor among thieves” heading, the guy who got shot was dumped by a woman (the getaway-driver?) at a shopping mall. Cops took him to a hospital. He has been charged with ” attempted robbery and armed criminal action.”

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