ATF Announces Campaign to Crack Down on Straw Purchases in Baltimore
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), a gun industry trade group, and local law enforcement announced an initiative targeting illegal straw purchases in Baltimore on Thursday.

Larry Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) vice president and general counsel, said the industry trade group would pay for ads emphasizing the fact that it is illegal to purchase a gun on behalf of anyone who cannot legally own firearms. The campaign, called “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy,” has been ongoing for nearly 20 years and is designed to raise awareness of the steep penalties on buying guns for criminals—up to 10 years in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The group is now working with both the ATF and local law enforcement to share that message with millions in the Baltimore area and beyond.

“During the Don’t Lie campaign there will be almost 20 million media impressions in the Baltimore market delivered by billboards, digital and social media impressions, and a 30-second radio spot,” Keane said during a press conference. “Public service announcements are funded entirely by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on behalf of the shooting sports industry.”

Robert K. Hur, U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, said stopping straw purchases is a key way that law enforcement can prevent gun violence…..

Keane said the campaign is an example of how the gun industry can work with law enforcement to stop the criminal use of firearms.

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google

Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, on Sunday night said that Google should be federally investigated for allegedly aiding the Chinese military.

Why it matters: Thiel is the tech industry’s highest-profile Trump supporter, and one of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley.

Thiel spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism, with part of his speech focusing on “three questions that should be asked” of Google:

“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?

Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?

Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”

He also added that those questions “need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I’m not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”

Thiel did not specifically mention Facebook, but it likely will be mentioned by later speakers at the conference, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has agitated against big tech on the air, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who is seeking to strip major web platforms of certain legal protections.

9th Circuit rules in favor of aid to non-sanctuary cities

Now, indeed this is a stunning departure from what we’ve normally received from “9th Circus”jurisprudence, but remember, President Trump has appointed a significant number of new judges to the federal bench and it’s paying off. Of course, this is just a usual 3 judge panel and the court could decide to hear the case en banc and -possibly- reverse itself.
It ain’t over yet.

July 13 (UPI) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Department of Justice giving preference in awarding policing grants to non-sanctuary cities.

The suit stems from the City of Los Angeles, a sanctuary city, which sued the Department of Justice because it was denied a $3 million grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services grant program because illegal immigration wasn’t its focus. Los Angeles had instead chosen “building trust and respect” between communities and law enforcement agencies as its focus area.

The panel of judges ruled 2-1 in favor of Attorney General William Barr and other DOJ officials Friday.

“The panel held that DOJ did not exceed its statutory authority in awarding bonus points to applicants that selected the illegal immigration focus area,” a summary of the decision stated. “DOJ’s determination that the techniques of community policing may be used to address this public safety issue (illegal immigration) was entirely reasonable.”

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The decision reversed the district court’s ruling in favor of Los Angeles.

“The panel rejected Los Angeles’ argument that DOJ’s practice of giving additional consideration to applicants that chose to further the two specified federal goals violated the Constitution’s Spending Clause,” the summary stated. “Because DOJ’s scoring factors encouraged, but did not coerce, an applicant to cooperate on immigration matters, the panel also rejected Los Angeles’s claims that DOJ’s use of the factors infringed on state autonomy in a manner that raised Tenth Amendment concerns.”

Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote the opinion, joined by Judge Jay Bybee, while Judge Kim Wardlaw dissented, arguing the DOJ “exceeded its delegated powers” by giving preference to illegal immigration focus area.

Trump Says Nationwide Immigration Arrests to Begin Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.

Matthew Albence, the agency’s acting director, said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. Similar operations occurred in 2016 under President Barack Obama and in 2017 under Trump.

“This family operation is nothing new,” Albence told The Associated Press. “It’s part of our day-to-day operations. We’re trying to surge some additional resources to deal with this glut of cases that came out of the accelerated docket, but after this operation is over, these cases are still going to be viable cases that we’ll be out there investigating and pursuing.”

The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. Albence said that doesn’t mean arrests will be limited to certain areas. Authorities will go where their investigations lead, even if it’s five states away from where the case is filed.

Antifa Thug Arrested and Indicted on Multiple Charges for Brutal Beatings at Portland Protest in June

I will always take any opportunity to post the pictures of these masked wearing Antifagoons so they can be exposed for who they are.

One of the violent, far-left thugs who participated in the Portland Antifa beatings was arrested identified and arrested by police on Tuesday. The antifa thug was involved in the lesser publicized mob assault on Adam Kelly, whose head was split open and required stitches and staples.

Even more incredible, Multnomah County district attorney Rod Underhill’s deputy DA, Melissa Marrero, actually pursued the case and has now returned an indictment against the perp.

Deputies find felon with guns, after responding to argument between roommates

California has some of the toughest laws to purchase and possess guns.
Sure work to keep criminals from getting their hands on guns don’t they?

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested a felon in possession of guns after he fired a gun during an argument with a roommate.

Deputies arrested 41-year-old Merced County resident Francisco Gonzalez on Friday after responding to a report of a disturbance between roommates and shots fired in the 4000 block of North Highway 59, according to a news release.

Authorities said deputies spoke with the victim and learned that Gonzalez threw water at the victim during an argument. In retaliation, the victim threw mouthwash into Gonzalez’s eyes, according to the news release. According to Deputy Daryl Allen, the victim spoke with deputies after leaving the home where the argument occurred.

D.C. Metro Police Give Antifa What They Deserve

A couple of weekends ago, Antifa owned the streets of downtown Portland after they arrived to counter-protest a right-wing rally. The Portland Police Bureau received copious amounts of criticism about their inaction to violent attacks which led to some going to the hospital and a conservative journalist ending up with a brain hemorrhage.

This past weekend The Proud Boys and other right-wing groups organized a rally at Washington D.C.’s Freedom Plaza to protest Big Tech suppressing speech based on conservative ideology. Approximately 250 people attended the rally and Antifa brought around 50 members who were dressed in all black and wearing protective equipment such as body armor, helmets, and goggles. The left-wing anarchist group also wore masks just like they did in Portland to cover their identity.

Washington, D.C. Metro Police placed barricades between each side and kept the groups separated. Some Antifa members were able to skirt the barriers and single out a man wearing a MAGA hat. However, this time, the police were allowed to do their job and pull the man away from the Antifa agitators without any reported injury to him.

The groups were placed so far apart on purpose they had difficulty hearing one another. At one point, Antifa insurrectionists attempted to break through an area, but the Metro officers quickly shut them down violently.

A few Antifa members attempted to bull rush officers. They were quickly grabbed and forcefully shoved backward, at least one falling on his back.

Metro Police met Antifa with the only thing they understand and the one thing they deserve – aggression. The anarchist group arrives at protests dressed for war in protective equipment and with weapons such as pipes, crowbars, and other blunt objects to shutdown opposing speech with physical violence.

The Portland Police failed, but Metro P.D. treated Antifa appropriately. They are a group that uses their anonymity to injure and shut down the First Amendment. After the anarchists could not do that this weekend in Washington, their response was to attempt to break the line of officers. Traditionally, Antifa’s attempts to use of force are successful. This time they failed.

Unlike in Oregon, Metro P.D. officers were allowed to do their jobs and protect the rights of the rally-goers. When black-clad Antifa members attempted to push through the officers, they met force.

When police officers are called fascists, this rally should be an example of why those claims are false. Antifa is the fascist entity, not law enforcement officers. The police physically stopped left-wing anarchists from completing their mission of stifling free speech. The officers were noble and should be praised.

ICE ‘Ready’ To Apprehend And Deport One Million Illegal Immigrants

The acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said the government is “ready” to identify, detain, and deport the illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country.

“They’re ready to just perform their mission, which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” Ken Cuccinelli said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Cuccinelli was referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency with the Department of Homeland Security that’s tasked with locating and deporting aliens living in the U.S. illegally.

“Who among those will be targeted for this particular effort, or not, is really just information kept within ICE at this point,” the acting USCIS director explained.

Former NYPD Commissioner Urges FBI to Brand Antifa a Domestic Terror Group

After being asked if it’s “time to classify Antifa as a terror group,” Kerik busted out the dictionary definition of terrorist:

Well, listen. First of all, this is an extremely violent group that goes out and threatens, intimidates, attacks with extreme violence for political reasons. If you look up terrorism, the definition of terrorism, that’s what terrorism is. When somebody threats, imposes threats and violence against someone else for political reasons.

“I’ve said this in the past and some people would disagree, I think they should be designated as a terror group, a domestic terror group,” he said.

His reasoning was that “the locals, the local state, police entities out there” were just on doing the job that needed to be done. He then blasted the Portland Police for not doing their jobs to protect the people:

Dossier 2.0 — Mueller’s ‘Black Cash’ Ledger

We are familiar with the pattern. Leak details about fake documents like the Steele dossier to the media, then use the media reports as a second source “corroborating” the unverified report when using it to justify your illegal actions.

More evidence of the deceitful and arguably illegal actions by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has popped up, this time regarding Paul Manafort’s “black cash ledger” allegedly documenting criminal financial moves on his part and it parallels the criminality of the use of the Steele Dossier by the FBI to lie to the FISA court to authorize the surveillance of Team Trump and help launch Mueller’s failed Russia collusion probe.

Robert Mueller has not been honest with the American people either about the alleged Manafort ledger, mentioned in his final report, and used to justify military-style pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home and offices with more force than was used at Benghazi. The Hill’s John Solomon reports that Mueller knew the ledger was a fake yet after its existence was leaked to the media used those media reports to justify his actions;

The ledger, which was reported in 2016 and resulted in Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign, purported to show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Manafort from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s political party between 2007 and 2012.

The FBI relied on this ledger to obtain search warrant affidavits “months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and was likely a fake,” according to Solomon, who cites documents and over a dozen interviews.

Once again we have a phony document laundered though media reports to justify persecution and prosecution of the incoming Trump administration by deep state operatives who had been determined to keep Hillary Clinton out of jail and Donald Trump out of the White House. As Solomon reports:

In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.

There’s just one problem: The FBI’s public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.

For example, Ukraine’s top anticorruption prosecutor, Nazar Kholodnytsky, told me he warned the U.S. State Department’s law enforcement liaison and multiple FBI agents in late summer 2016 that Ukrainian authorities who recovered the ledger believed it likely was a fraud…

Likewise, Manafort’s Ukrainian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, a regular informer for the State Department, told the U.S. government almost immediately after The New York Times wrote about the ledger in August 2016 that the document probably was fake…

Special counsel Robert Mueller ’s team and the FBI were given copies of Kilimnik’s warning, according to three sources familiar with the documents.

As with the Steele dossier, the deep state conspirators knew early on there was no collusion with Russia, except on the Democratic side, but as was shown earlier in his career, the truth does not matter to Mueller and his associates such as “pit bull” Andrew Weismann. To derail Trump, fraud and fake evidence were a more than justified means to the end of framing and derailing Donald J. Trump.

Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion between Trump and Russia and knew that the reopened case against Manafort was itself a crime. As Solomon observes:

Submitting knowingly false or suspect evidence — whether historical or to support probable cause — in a federal court proceeding violates FBI rules and can be a crime under certain circumstances. “To establish probable cause, the affiant must demonstrate a basis for knowledge and belief that the facts are true,” the FBI operating manual states.

But with Manafort, the FBI and Mueller’s office did not cite the actual ledger — which would require agents to discuss their assessment of the evidence — and instead cited media reports about it. The feds assisted on one of those stories as sources.

For example, agents mentioned the ledger in an affidavit supporting a July 2017 search warrant for Manafort’s house, citing it as one of the reasons the FBI resurrected the criminal case against Manafort.

Mueller lied about the aforementioned Konstantin Kiliminik, citing him as being a Russian operative in his report while he was actually a State Department informant. Again, John Solomon reports in the Hill:

In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort , is tied to Russian intelligence

But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller  possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.

Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.

The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in the opening of his report. “The FBI assesses” Kilimnik “to have ties to Russian intelligence,” Mueller’s team wrote on Page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

What it doesn’t state is that Kilimnik was a “sensitive” intelligence source for State going back to at least 2013 while he was still working for Manafort, according to FBI and State Department memos I reviewed.

Robert Mueller appears to have edited a voicemail transcript of a conversation between Trump attorney John Dowd and Michael Flynn attorney Robert Kelner to make it look as if Trump was trying to interfere with the Mueller witch hunt. As Professor Alan Dershowitz comments:

The report says attorney John Dowd reached out to Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Michael Flynn, after Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with the Trump legal team and asked Kelner to give him a heads up. The report characterized the voicemail as an attempt by an attorney of the president to obstruct the cooperation of Flynn with the Mueller investigation, and that is also how much of the press covered it…

The edited version released by the special counsel omits the following important words: “I’m sympathetic… I understand that you can’t join the joint defense, so that’s one thing. If, on the other hand… we’ve got a national security issue… some issue we’ve got to deal with, not only for the president, but for the country… without you having to give up any… confidential information.” The Justice Department claims that the full transcript of the voicemail is consistent with the overall incident. Dowd disagrees, pointing out that by “taking out half my words, they changed the tenor and the contents” of his conversation with Kelner. He notes the irony of Mueller “who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes” but then later “committed a false statement in his own report.”…

The request by Dowd was not only entirely proper for an attorney of the president but certainly obligatory for any defense attorney seeking critical information necessary to build his defense. By editing the transcript to fit their narrative, the special counsel team distorted the facts. If a lawyer were to provide a quotation in a court submission that omitted key words that undercut his argument, he would be subject to discipline.

Perhaps we need a special counsel to investigate the special counsel. As for Robert Mueller, follow the black cash and lock him up.

Bad News For Gun Control True Believers: Barely 1% of Americans See Guns as Most Important Problem Facing America

Gallup released a story last week noting that 23% of Americans viewed illegal immigration as the nation’s biggest problem. Meanwhile, barely 1% of Americans mentioned “gun violence” or gun control as among our biggest national problems.

Here’s Gallup’s news release going into the weekend, released on Friday where it got minimal publicity.

New High in U.S. Say Immigration Most Important Problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country. This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.

Buried in the story under the breakdown of Gallup’s polling results: Gun control registered among barely 1% of respondents in June, just as it has each and every month thus far in 2019. One percent – and they round up .5% as 1%!

Clearly, these people who think gun control is the most important problem facing our country today must be somewhere out on the fringes of our society. In fact, six times as many folks pointed to crime and the criminal justice system failures – not guns – as our biggest problem.

Just how fringe is that 1% who are demanding gun control? Well, 6% of Americans think the Pentagon was damaged by a military cruise missile on September 11, 2001, not a jumbo jet. And 5-6% of Americans believe the moon landing was faked.

So, should it surprise anyone that a rally by a fringe presidential candidate in front of NRA headquarters calling for vast expansions in our gun control laws could only muster 18 supporters? Not really.

That incompetent shooter in Dallas?
Just another one already on the FBI’s radar.

FBI was warned about Dallas federal courthouse gunman in July 2016:

A relative of the man who opened fire outside downtown Dallas’ federal building this week warned the FBI in 2016 that he shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun because he was depressed and suicidal, his mother said Thursday.

Brian Clyde’s half-brother called the FBI about his concerns, their mother Nubia Brede Solis said. Clyde was in the Army at the time.

On Monday, Clyde opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. He was fatally shot by federal law enforcement. No one else was seriously injured. His family believes that Clyde wanted to be killed.

Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church.

Yeah, it’s that ‘religion of peace’ again. And also, he’s a ‘refugee’.
“Are we learning yet?”

The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee on Wednesday in connection with an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a Christian church in Pittsburgh.

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was accused by federal prosecutors in court documents filed on Wednesday of planning to attack a church on the north side of Pittsburgh, the Legacy International Worship Center, “to support the cause of ISIS and to inspire other ISIS supporters in the United States.”

According to the criminal complaint, Alowemer was born in Daraa, Syria and was admittedto the U.S. as a refugee in August 2016.

He allegedly provided “multiple instructional documents” on how to build improvised explosive devices, referred to as IEDs, to an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a fellow ISIS supporter, according to the DOJ.

The complaint also alleges that Alowemer further detailed his plans and support for ISIS and jihad in social media communications.

“Alowemer also distributed propaganda materials, offered to provide potential targets in the Pittsburgh area, requested a weapon with a silencer, and recorded a video of himself pledging an oath of allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the DOJ said in a statement.

The DOJ also said Alowemer had drafted a “10-point handwritten plan” related to a plot to bomb the church, and printed out copies of satellite maps from Google which he provided to a source working for the FBI as well as an undercover FBI employee.

According to prosecutors, Alowemer also recently bought a number of items that could be used in making a bomb including —nails for shrapnel, batteries and consumer products that contained chemicals that could be used in bomb-making. He allegedly planned to carry out his attack in July 2019.

The arrest comes on the heels of a meeting hosted by the FBI at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. in which faith leaders and law enforcement discussed recent attacks on houses of worship.

Alowemer is expected to make his first court appearance Friday for a hearing on the conditions of his detention.

Officer Gets Shot, Then Armed Citizen Comes To Her Rescue
When a group of Good Samaritans realized that Trenton Police Officer Jasmine was under attack, they jumped into action.

Winston, MO – A legally armed citizen helped save a wounded police officer from the inmate who shot her and tried to force her to help him escape on Friday.

The attack occurred just after 3 p.m., as 24-year-old Trenton Police Department (TPD) Officer Jasmine Diab was transporting an inmate from the Trenton jail to the Mosaic Hospital in St. Joseph for a mental evaluation, WDAF reported.

Officer Diab was approximately 30 minutes into the transport when the restrained inmate, 38-year-old Jamey Griffin, managed to gain control of the officer’s duty weapon inside the transport vehicle, according to WDAF.

Officer Diab was shot in the abdomen during the struggle that ensued, and Griffin was shot in the hand.

“The vehicle by that time came to a rolling stop on us 69 Hwy,” Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) Trooper Jake Angle told WDAF. “There were some citizens at the Pit Stop convenience store in Winston, Missouri, that I suppose sensed something wasn’t right.”

In a now-viral Facebook post, witness Michelle Weller explained that the suspect “was trying to force the wounded officer to drive” the vehicle away from the area.

A group of Good Samaritans also witnessed the attack, and pursued the transport vehicle down the highway for another quarter mile, Weller said.

One of the men was legally carrying a firearm of his own, and was able to corner Griffin at gunpoint, KCTV reported.

“One of these men was armed and was able to defend himself and others without even firing his weapon just by pointing it at the suspect!” Weller wrote. “Because he had his weapon these men were able to grab the suspect pull him out of the car and hold him down on the ground until officers arrived on the scene.”

If the Good Samaritan hadn’t threatened to use deadly force, the situation could have ended very differently, Weller added.

“In this case, they chose to intervene and come to an officer’s aid and subdue the suspect and possibly keeping him from escaping or doing more harm,” Trooper Angle told WDAF. “I am not advocating that people need to feel that they intervene in a situation this level, however, people chose to and in this situation it was critical.”


Alleged burglar found shot to death in Buckhead shopping center ID’d

A man found dead at a Buckhead shopping center was shot after allegedly trying to break into a nearby business, Atlanta police said.

Investigators found the man lying outside a car at the Bennett Street Shopping Center near the intersection of Peachtree Road and Bennett Street around 8:30 a.m. Monday. He was wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants and black gloves.

“He appears to have been involved in some form of criminal activity that resulted in him being shot,” Maj. Michael O’Connor said.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified him as 29-year-old Mohamed Akel. They do not believe he was from the Atlanta area.
Investigators initially suspected Akel was involved in a series of car break-ins that happened Sunday night, police said. Officers were alerted to look out for a white Challenger or Charger with three people inside, and Akel fit the description, O’Connor said.


Bakery owner shoots at robbers who stole his wallet

MIAMI – Police are investigating a series of early morning robberies in Miami.

Miami police Officer Michael Vega said at least seven people were robbed by a group of men who asked the victims, “What time is it?” before pulling out a gun. The group of men demanded cash and belongings from the victims.

One of the victims was the owner of Ela’s Bakery Cafe in Little Havana.

“Once the victim realized that they had a firearm and that they were robbing him, he complied and he gave them his wallet,” Vega said.

Vega said the owner was armed and fired his gun at the thieves as they were getting away.

Quickies: A Speculation On Supremacy And Insurrection

Imagine the following scenario:

President Trump, aghast at California’s declaration of itself as a sanctuary for illegal aliens, orders massive ICE raids throughout the state. Thousands of ICE agents pour into California and begin to seek out known concentrations of illegals, who are then promptly deported to their countries of origin. These agents gather information from American citizens willing to cooperate, and from others willing to sell information about concentrations of illegals for cash. Within a week thousands of illegals have been arrested and deported.

The state government is incensed, It orders California law enforcement authorities to obstruct the ICE agents at work on the catch-and-deport effort. At first the obstruction is non-violent, but after a while California LEOs begin to make use of force and threats of force.

Would that qualify as an insurrection under the Constitution? If so, what do you think the federal response would be – or should be? If not, what more would have to happen to qualify it as one?

Store manager fired after deputy picking up engagement ring turned away over service weapon

yeah, that ‘virtue signal’ went nowhere fast, didn’t it?

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A store manager accused of turning away an Iredell County deputy over his service weapon is “no longer with the company,” Kay Jewelers said Thursday, a day after being made aware of the incident.

A uniformed deputy used his lunch break to pick up an engagement ring at Kay’s on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville Tuesday. The deputy had already paid for the ring and was informed by jewelers that the ring was sized and ready for pick up.

The deputy says when he got to the store, he was told he wasn’t allowed to wear his service weapon on their premises.

“It’s not just an attack on this individual officer, it’s not just an attack on this agency. It’s an attack on law enforcement in general,” Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

The sheriff says the deputy spoke with the manager, telling them he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot. He said it would be a violation of policy to remove his service weapon while in uniform.

“This policy is in place for not only the safety of the deputy, but the general public as well,” the sheriff’s office said, backing the deputy’s claims.

According to the deputy, the manager told him he would need to return to the store when he was not armed.

Kay Jewelers initially responded on Facebook, saying they “sincerely apologize for the mishandling of this matter.”
Thursday, Kay’s issued the following statement:

After learning of an incident involving a law enforcement officer in Iredell County, North Carolina, Kay Jewelers reached out immediately to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and we sincerely apologized for the mishandling of this matter. Our policy is that any member of law enforcement is always welcomed in our store at any time, as a customer or in an official capacity. We have tremendous respect for and closely work with law enforcement at all levels, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention. We are reinforcing store training regarding all of our Customer First policies, as well as specific policies related to law enforcement, in all of our stores. The store manager is no longer employed by the company.
– Kay Jewelers

Alabama Lab Owner Arrested for Falsifying Results of Drug Tests Used to Medically Kidnap Children

Local media in Alabama are reporting that Brandy Murrah, owner of A&J Lab Collections in Ozark, Alabama, has turned herself in to local police over charges that she falsified paternity tests and drug test screenings in child custody cases.

Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams has stated that Murrah’s actions may have resulted in a potential “tidal wave” of DHR cases where children were removed from their parents based on false evidence from her lab.

Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams said Monday that if the allegations against Murrah are true, it could mean that parents were denied custody based on falsified drug screen results.

Ex-school cop Scot Peterson arrested in Parkland massacre

Better not forget former Sheriff Israel, whose lack of management and  authority as Sheriff over his Deputies permitted these people to stay on the job. That, at a minimum, culpable negligence.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Tuesday that the embattled school resource officer who was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the school massacre has been arrested and fired for neglect of duty.

Scot Peterson, 56, had been nationally heckled and vilified for failing to confront the former student who gunned down and killed 17 students and staff at the Parkland school on Feb. 14, 2018.

Peterson has been booked into the Broward Main Jail on 11 criminal charges, including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury.

Peterson’s arrest comes after a 15-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

The investigation showed Peterson refused to investigate where the gunshots were coming from, retreated during the gunfire as victims were being shot, and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building, FDLE spokeswoman Jessica Cary said in an emailed statement.

Also terminated was Sgt. Brian Miller.

“[Peterson and Miller] were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School,” Tony said in an emailed statement.

“We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day,” Tony said. “I am committed to address deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

If convicted as charged, Peterson could face a maximum of nearly 97 years in state prison.

“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers ad staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

Man shot and injured by off-duty deputy while trying to rob the deputy at Riverside mall; suspect arrested

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy leaving the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside on Saturday with his family shot and wounded a gun-wielding man who tried to rob them, police said Sunday.

Multiple people called 911 after hearing gunfire that erupted in the mall’s parking lot at 9:45 p.m., officials from the Riverside Police Department said.

In a written statement, police said that’s around when the suspect — later identified as 25-year-old Moreno Valley resident Victor Hugo Ochoa — approached the deputy and his family members.

Police said the suspect “produced a firearm, then demanded (the family’s) belongings.”

“This attempted armed robbery resulted in a deputy-involved shooting,” police said in the statement.

The deputy fired his weapon at least once at the suspect. It’s not clear whether the deputy was armed with his department-issued firearm or another gun at the time of the shooting.

It’s also not clear if the suspect fired his weapon. Neither the deputy nor any of this family members were injured in the incident.

Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback said that after the shooting, the suspect fled to a nearby vehicle, then drove away. About 15 minutes later, Ochoa appeared at a hospital in Riverside’s Magnolia Center neighborhood with a single gunshot wound that police said was non-life threatening.

Railsback said an officer who arrived at the hospital determined that Ochoa was the suspect in the failed armed robbery attempt.

 

DeWayne Craddock was violent with co-workers before Virginia Beach shooting: report

Now this is an interesting ‘report’ (if true). The post is still tripping on the suppressor angle, but during the press conference yesterday, the ATF SAIC ‘Special Agent In Charge’ didn’t even mention a suppressor, just the two .45s the guy used.

The gunman who shot dead 12 people at a Virginia Beach municipal building had been facing disciplinary action for a violent fight at work, according to a report.

DeWayne Craddock, 40, was still employed as an engineer with the Department of Public Utilities when he went on his shooting rampage Friday, killing 12 and injuring several others, including a cop.

But he recently started showing serious behavioral problems and got into physical “scuffles” with other city workers, a source told The New York Times.

The source told the paper that the troubles had escalated in the week leading up to the mass shooting — and Craddock was involved in what it called “a violent altercation on city grounds.”

Craddock reportedly knew he was facing disciplinary action for the fight when he went into the municipal building with two .45-caliber handguns, at least one of which was equipped with a sound suppressor — and both of which were purchased legally.

 

Office of Inspector General Finds Top FBI Official Illegally Leaked to Media – Including Sensitive Info Sealed by Fed Courts – DOJ DECLINES PROSECUTION

Laws for thee, but not for me.

The Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday findings of misconduct by an FBI Deputy Assistant Director for “unauthorized contacts with the media, disclosing law enforcement and other sensitive information to the media, and accepting a gift from the media.”

Despite the fact that this senior FBI official, who was not named in the summary, clearly broke multiple laws, the Department of Justice declined to prosecute the individual.

The OIG investigation concluded that the DAD engaged in misconduct when the DAD: (1) disclosed to the media the existence of information that had been filed under seal in federal court, in violation of 18 USC § 401, Contempt of Court; (2) provided without authorization FBI law enforcement sensitive information to reporters on multiple occasions; and (3) had dozens of official contacts with the media without authorization, in violation of FBI policy. The OIG also found that the DAD engaged in misconduct when the DAD accepted a ticket, valued at approximately $225, to attend a media-sponsored dinner, as a gift from a member of the media, in violation of federal regulations and FBI policy.

Even though this high ranking FBI official leaked sensitive information, including the existence of information that had been filed under seal in federal court multiple times, they were still not charged.

“Prosecution of the Deputy Assistant Director was declined,” the OIG stated.

If the FBI can’t police itself, how can we expect the agency, which is revered as the premiere law enforcement agency to police us? Where is the justice?

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO CHICK-FIL-A BANS

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Friday that it will investigate whether two airports violated federal law or transportation regulations by denying a contract to Chick-fil-A on religious grounds.

“The Department has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” DOT said in a statement. “FAA’s Office of Civil Rights has notified the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) that it has opened investigations into these complaints.”

Sheriff says new gun law is unconstitutional

Dozens of New Mexico sheriffs have declared their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries, meaning they plan to protect people’s gun rights, even if it means going against new state laws.

One of the two new gun laws the state passed says people accused of domestic violence or who have a protective order against them can’t have a gun.

While sheriffs around the state are saying that’s unconstitutional, others say these sheriffs are just mouthpieces for a larger organization.

“The NRA (National Rifle Association) had a very well-orchestrated plan to get the sheriffs to be their puppets,” New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence President Miranda Viscoli said.

Viscoli says sheriffs who have declared their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries are dangerous.

“Now that this passed, local law enforcement, if they know that person is a domestic violence offender under protective order, they can remove the gun. Why wouldn’t you want that?” Viscoli said.

But Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace says the new law singles out people who are accused, not convicted.

“You’re telling me to go seize someone’s personal property, take away their constitutional right to bear arms without even have committed a crime,” Mace said.

Mace has publicly criticized the new law, saying he and other sheriffs could go as far as to not enforce it.

That got national attention.