Self-defense is Legal in Missouri

But it took almost a year for the powers-that-be to come to that conclusion. Murder Charges Dismissed — Prosecutors Say Man Acted in Self-Defense in Brother’s Shooting

First-degree murder charges were dismissed against Thomas “T.J.” Easter II, 36, who was indicted last year in the April 13, 2017, death of John Easter, 32, Leasburg.

After studying the merits of the case, the prosecutors say that the case qualifies as self-defense.

The tone is interesting. It is almost as if the DA is apologizing for the existence of self-defense.

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Officer Christopher Ryan Morton

End of Watch. Clinton community in shock after loss of second police officer in 7 months

On Tuesday, Clinton Police Department officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was shot and killed while entering a home, searching for a suspect.

“No one was hurt; no shots were fired”

But an armed homeowner was able to hold a bad-guy wanted by police. Homeowner holds shooting suspect at gunpoint in shed until Jefferson County deputies arrive.

The manhunt for a gunman who opened fire on a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy is over, after a homeowner found the man hiding in a shed Friday morning.

Sheriff Dave Marshak said the homeowner held the suspect at gunpoint in a shed off Highway JJ until deputies arrived, at about 7:15 a.m. Friday.

Why Would Cops Need to Be “Pressed” to Look at Surveillance Video?

JusticeCouldn’t be because of racial prejudice could it? Two brothers are vindicated after they were falsely accused and arrested for robbing a white man – theGrio

White guy tries to rob 2 black guys. They resist. The cops don’t quite see it that way.

Two St. Louis brothers credit their mother for pressing police to look at surveillance video that proved their innocence and kept them out of jail.

Christopher and Jerry Tate believe that if their mother hadn’t insisted that the police look at the surveillance video, they would be in jail for an attempted robbery they didn’t commit.

Because looking at video, when your prejudices are enough to send 2 guys to jail is a waste of time. Or something.

The white guy who did the robbing, had no trouble lying to cops about what happened, and the cops believed him.

“I believe they listened to him because he was white,” Christopher said.

The Unrealistic Expectations Produced by Cop Shows

On TV, everything works out before the next commercial break, or at least in 42 minutes. In reality, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. Columbia police teach civilians how to defend themselves from active threats. Columbia, Missouri.

TV shows such as “C.S.I.”, “Miami Vice” and “Chicago P.D.” have left people with the idea that “bad guys” get caught, and that after a 911 call the police will be right at the scene saving the day.

That’s false, said Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department.

The Columbia police department has an average response time, for priority 1 calls of 11 minutes. “That’s a long time,” Hestir said.

Calling 911 is fine thing to do, if you can do it before bad things start happening, it will still take police a while to reach you. Maybe a long while.

This was about a class in dealing with active threats given by the Columbia police. What to do before police arrive. How to “buy time.” How to be a good witness. Go read the whole, it is interesting, and not very long.

When even the cops are telling you that you can’t just rely on them, maybe you should listen.

Don’t Bring a BB-gun to a Gunfight

He suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Springfield gas station robbery thwarted when manager pulls gun, police say

When he put a maroon towel to his face, the store manager knew something was up, and responded by drawing his own weapon. When he raised his shirt to show a weapon, the manger was prepared.

By the time officers arrived at the gas station at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 9, the would-be robber was lying face down on the ground while the manager held him at gunpoint, court documents say.

He was booked and held on $15,000 bond, which has already been posted, so he’s back on the streets.

All this over money for Marijuana. But it still counts as Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a home would be a good idea. He was wrong. Homeowner in Independence shoots intruder.

Police were called to the 3400 block of S. Appleton Ave., Thursday afternoon after a homeowner called to report he had shot an intruder in his home.

If you break into homes, eventually you will find an armed homeowner. In this case it ended up with miscreant being shot. The would-be bad guy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The homeowner has not been charged because self-defense is a human-right.