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.

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Lawyers Call It By Different Names, We Mere Mortals Call It Felony Murder

If you are committing a crime and someone dies as a result of that crime, you can be charged with murder, even if you aren’t the one who caused the death. That is true in a lot of states and is apparently true in Missouri. Suspect charged after Imo’s delivery driver kills robber during shootout

So 2 guys try to rob a pizza delivery guy. In the standard way – they order pizza. When he is delivering the pies to one guy, the 2nd guy arrives with a gun and demands all the money. (For my earlier post on this story see this link.)

So the guy who didn’t get shot, he stole the pizzas and ran to a nearby apartment building. When he realized the cops were coming for him, he drank bleach in a suicide attempt. The cops hauled him to a hospital.

The Circuit Attorney’s Office issued warrants for one count of Murder 2nd and one count of Robbery 1st against Montel Smith, 24, of the 1400 block of Hoage.

As for the pizza delivery guy…

Police believe the shooting was justified and the death of the robber does not count toward the city’s total homicides.

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

Armed Pizza Delivery Guy Defends Himself

The major chains would fire him for have the nerve to stand up for himself. Pizza delivery man kills robber who attacked him in south St. Louis

Police say the pizza deliverer is a 41-year-old man who was trying to deliver food on Spring when he was robbed by two men. One of the robbers hit the delivery man in the head with a firearm.

The victim tried to run back to his car, and the robber fired shots at him. The delivery man wasn’t hit.

At that point, running away wasn’t working so he drew his own weapon and fired. Hitting one of the bad guys. Drove back to the restaurant and called police.

Major pizza chains would fire him. Because they think cooperating with criminals is good business policy. (Of course the folks who come up with those policies aren’t being robbed while delivering pizzas.)

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense in St Louis

He got a call from his alarm company that something was not right. St. Louis man shoots armed burglar caught in the act – KMOV.com

He came home and found an armed burglar jumping out a side window.

Thornton told News 4 he saw the man’s gun and grabbed his own, shooting the suspect as another thief ran away.

“I was just trying to make sure he didn’t shoot me first,” said Thornton.

A second guy got away with stuff like a Macbook and Sony Playstation.

“(Police) put me in handcuffs,” said Thornton. “I was in the car like I was the bad person.”

But apparently they got that straightened out.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Don’t Bring a Box Cutter to a Gunfight

JusticeHe suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Would-be car thief with box cutter shot by car’s owner – KMOV.com

According to police, a 56-year-old man discovered a 35-year-old man attempting to steal the victim’s car.

The suspect then lunged at the victim with a box cutter, but the victim shot the suspect in the leg in self-defense. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, and is listed in stable condition.

He thought he was bad-ass with his box-cutter. But he picked the wrong guy to try and rob.

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

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner.

The results should not be surprising to anyone. Burglary Suspect Shot, Killed by North St. Louis County Homeowner « CBS St. Louis

Two burglary suspects allegedly first tried the front door, then broke in the back, and a gunfight ensued.

One guy was dead at the scene. The other ran like a rabbit.

In what is probably the single, most stupid question a reporter has asked this week…

St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman was asked if this is a case of Castle Doctrine.

Gee, ya think?

Cooperate With Criminals: That is What We Are Told By the Left. (Doesn’t Always Work)

Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because you are cooperative. Mayor, police pledge more officers near Busch Stadium after shooting : News

Christopher Sanna had parked at the Old Cathedral parking lot and was walking to his car. According to police, two men in a dark-colored sedan drove up to Sanna and his girlfriend. The driver got out with a gun and demanded their belongings. The woman gave the gunman her purse, and the couple turned to run away. That’s when the gunman fired several shots in their direction, hitting Sanna in the back.

It isn’t the only case of a shooting that occurred AFTER the victims gave the robbers what they wanted.

Cooperating with criminals is a strategy. The thinking goes, “If you give them what they want, they will leave you alone.” That it is wrong is proven by this tragedy. (They never bring up the subject of rape under this “cooperate” idea…)

To my way of thinking there are better ways to deal with violence.

Of course given that they were just leaving a major sporting event at huge arena, they were probably disarmed “for their own good” by the authorities. (Can’t have weapons at sporting events!) So of course, that makes the surrounding area a “Gun Free Zone” or more accurately, a defenseless-victim zone. (The bad guys were not disarmed somehow.)

A gun may not have saved this guy; there are no guarantees in this life save death and next winter’s snows. But handing over property and then running away was also not a wining strategy. (hat tip: John Lott)