Defund the Police Descends on St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is not a happy place. Crazy People Are Dangerous.

“Defund the police” is their demand, because the protesters are Democrats and Democrats hate police.

The mayor of St. Louis is a Democrat named Lyda Krewson, who apparently didn’t get the memo. She doesn’t hate police enough:

So the protesters decided to march on the mayor’s home. In the process they passed the Busch-Faust mansion, owned by Mark and Patricia McCloskey. Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey decided that they should stand guard and they did.

If you’re a rich white guy living in a mansion in a Democrat-run city like St. Louis, better keep your AR-15 handy, because . . . Well, you can finish that sentence.

He Thought Having a Gun Made Him Invincible

He was wrong. Gas station clerk shoots man who pulled out gun inside store in St. Louis County.

Early investigation revealed the man who was shot was asked to leave the store after flourishing a gun inside the store. The man refused to leave the store and tried to enter the secure area of the store where the clerk and cash register were located, police said.

An employee of the store then shot the man.

He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Fixed the Broken Link. (Note to self: Don’t edit posts in the middle of the night.)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Hand CuffsHe thought it would be a good idea to break into an occupied home. Break-in suspect shot by homeowner in Walnut Park East neighborhood, police say.

Authorities said a 38-year-old man was shot multiple times after he broke into a home in the 5400 block of Beacon. The 43-year-old homeowner reportedly confronted and then shot the man.

He is in critical condition in a local hospital.

Self-defense is a Human-right.

Happy New Year: St. Louis Style

In all the attention paid to Chicago and Baltimore, it seems that St. Louis may have been overlooked. St. Louis records 4 homicides in first 3 hours of 2020.

Only a few hours into 2020 and Missouri’s second largest city recorded four homicides in multiple shootings across St. Louis.

And I was going to comment on the fact that Chicago’s first shooting of 2020 came at 12:15 AM, on the morning of January 1st. Seems St. Louis is winning (or losing, depending on your point of view) that race.

A quick search turned up St. Louis’s crime-rate data for 2018. In that year St. Louis had a murder rate of 60.9 per 100,000. That is just a bit worse than Baltimore, though Baltimore gets all of the press. Back to the link at the top, we find…

In 2019, St. Louis recorded 194 homicides, up from 186 in 2018.

So the murder rate is almost certainly higher than 2018.

And in case you were wondering about the politics in St. Louis, the last Republican mayor of that city was Aloys P. Kaufmann. He left office in 1949.

Self-defense is Legal in St. Louis

JusticeEven if you later say things that SJWs hate. Despite Racist ‘Ramblings’, Judge Acquits Papa John’s Worker in Shooting.

A St. Louis judge has ruled that Missouri’s expansive “stand your ground” law protects a former Papa John’s worker from conviction for involuntary manslaughter for shooting a man who had used a cinder block to break through the store’s front window.

But you shouldn’t have the right to defend yourself, if you use your right to Free Speech to say things that “we” don’t like. Or something.

Self-defense is a human-right, and the SJWs HATE that.

A SWAT Raid for Housing Code Violations

No knock warrants were instituted so that drugs couldn’t be flushed down the toilet. Did they think she could flush the housing code violations down the toilet? Police Agree To Pay Woman $750,000 After Raiding Her House and Killing Her Dog Over an Unpaid Gas Bill.

That housing code violation? The electricity and gas were shut off due to non-payment. And for this they have a no-knock warrant, served by a SWAT team, kill the family dog and point weapons at children.

Definitely cops behaving stupidly.

Indeed, if St. Louis County police are empowered to knock down a door for minor code violations, they can effectively raid a house for anything, leaving property owners and residents with little assurance that their Fourth Amendment rights mean anything at all in St. Louis County.

But then your rights don’t mean anything. (Hat tip to Irons in the Fire.)

White Cop Shoots Black Cop, City Abandons Its Injured

Hey, he was black and he had a gun. Of course the cop shot him. St. Louis police officer files lawsuit against city and officer that allegedly shot him.

According to the lawsuit, one officer told Green to “shut the hell up and stay on the ground” before walking away. A detective allowed Green to get up and told other officers he was police and “specifically directed them not to shoot Officer Green,” according to the lawsuit.

While Green was giving the detective a description of the suspect, the lawsuit states Officer Christoper Tanner arrived on the scene, shouted, “Drop your weapon!” and simultaneously shot Green in the arm. Green’s family witness the incident.

The “Drop your weapon!” isn’t an order. It’s ass-covering.

Cops have got to stop shooting everyone because FEAR. I get they have a dangerous job. Maybe they should have thought about that before they became cops.

The black cop was off-duty in his own neighborhood, so the city has basically said, “You’re out of luck,” and not paid any disability. Hat tip to the War on Guns.

Social Justice Fail

JusticeThey didn’t think bail was fair, so they paid to get him freed. Nonprofit Pays Bail For Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her. The dead woman didn’t get much justice, social or any other kind.

First, what happened.

St. Louis, MO – Just hours after a nonprofit group posted bail for a man accused of assaulting his wife, the suspect went to the woman’s home and brutally murdered her, according to prosecutors.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

He was bailed out of jail by a Social Justice Organization, the Bail Project. (Soon to be renamed as the Fail Project?)

“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to the group’s website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

Hours. Not days. Not weeks. Hours after they bailed him out, the woman he had previously attacked was dead.

There was a court order of protection. Cops arrested him. Though why bail was granted is beyond me. (Don’t you think he presented a clear threat to the public, or at least to one member thereof?)

The Fail Project leaders are “saddened” but claim they are not to blame. And no one could have predicted that a violent husband would continue to be violent.

“No one could have predicted this tragedy,” [Bail Project Executive Director Robin] Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press.

The hat tip goes to The Other McCain who notes, ‘No One Could Have Predicted This Tragedy’ (But It Was Predictable). If you read as much about Domestic Violence as I do, you know that it is hardly ever a one-time occurrence, and it tends to escalate.

The System (with the aid of The Bail Project) failed to protect this woman. But then it fails to protect most people with violent stalkers. If you have a need for a restraining order, then you have a need for a personal protection plan, because you never know when a group of well-meaning dunderheads (e.g. The Bail Project) will enable that violent stalker to attack you. That plan should include something aside from “Calling 911.” Road to Hell. Good Intentions.

How Should an 82-yr-old Defend Himself from a 32-yr-old?

If not with a firearm? Someday, someone from the gun-hating-Left will answer that question. 82-year-old St. Louis man shoots would-be home intruder.

Officers found the 82-year-old homeowner and a 59-year-old acquaintance. The pair said a man tried forcing his way into their home.

The 82-year-old said he retrieved a firearm and shot the intruder.

The would-be bad-guy is in the hospital in critical condition.

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

“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?

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.

Cooperation With Criminals: Historical Edition

Sept 4, 1987 – 31 years ago: A deadly night at the National Supermarket

The history in a nutshell.

Editor’s note: On the night of Sept. 4, 1987, two gunmen entered the National Supermarket store on Natural Bridge in north St. Louis. What followed would be the worst mass killing in the history of the St. Louis Police Department. This is the original report published in the Post-Dispatch.

The store was closed. The victims were employees. The gunmen probably got entrance by some ruse, perhaps posing as “floor cleaners.”

The victims were herded into a corner on the west side of the store, ordered to lie down in a row and were shot execution-style in the head, police said. The store aisles near the office contained pools of blood.

They probably got very little money for all this killing. The store’s money was in a safe that the employees couldn’t open.

Armed security may not have saved anyone. If surprise was total there might have been no chance to defend yourself or others. But cooperation did nothing to ensure anyone’s safety, because violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals due to anything you are doing or not doing. Cooperation is a strategy for dealing with a violent encounter; it is not a guarantee.

His Day Didn’t Turn Out As He Planned

He apparently lived down the block. Robber Shot, Killed by Homeowner.

So how would you respond to an uninvited guest at 3 o’clock in the morning?

Four people told police they were inside the home around 3:00 Monday morning when a man kicked in the bottom of a locked door and climbed through.

No details on why he did this, but since he lived down the block, I think we can assume that he was known to them in some way, even if it was just to wave at each other as they drove by.

But in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter why he did what he did; self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

No Charges for Man Defending His Home

Break into homes and you will eventually find an armed homeowner. No charges issued after Bevo man kills person attempting to ente –

According to neighbors, the victim was trying to enter the residence by breaking a front window.

The resident shot him, and he was declared dead at the scene.

Neighbors, for a change, are not shocked. They seem to think it is what the times call for, when you have to defend yourself and your family.

“It’s very unfortunate that a life had to be taken,” said neighbor Adam Losh. “[But] it seems to be the necessary steps to protecting your family and yourself from possible harm or, god forbid, death.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Stuck Around AFTER the Alarm Went Off?

I don’t think this guy is the sharpest tool in the shed. St. Louis homeowner shoots burglar in leg | Law and order |

At about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, the homeowner in the 2900 block of Iowa Avenue woke up after hearing his burglar alarm sounding. The homeowner confronted the burglar. The intruder came toward the homeowner, who then fired the shot that hit the burglar in the leg, police say.

You would think the sound of a burglar alarm would be the cue to head for the exits.

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

How Should a 74-year-old Defend Himself From a 26-year-old?

Without a gun, that is? Elderly man fatally shoots would-be robber in North City –

The 74-year-old homeowner told police he was in his backyard when Smith forced him inside his home at gunpoint and demanded property. Once inside the home, the victim got his gun and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The homeowner was shot but is in stable condition. The bad-guy was shot and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Without a firearm as a means of defense, the old and the infirm will be at the mercy of the young and the violent.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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.

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