Sunday, January 10, 2016

Black Lives Matter...just not to other black people.

A protester with Concerned Citizens of North Charleston curses at AP photographer, Mic Smith (left) for shooting photographs after a press conference in front of City Hall Friday morning. Because peaceful protests matter, yo.
So, a few days ago Charleston made the news again. After being held in solitary confinement for the past 9 months, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, charged with murder for shooting an unarmed Walter Scott last year, was released on a $500,000 bond. 

Heads immediately exploded.

Of course, the National Action Network and their ilk with the NAACP and #Blacklivesmatter, had to hold a photo op and publicity stunt press conference in front of the Al Cannon Detention Facility (the county lockup has such a fancy name, no?) to bemoan and denounce the release of Slager until his trial date.

Look, I’m not defending Slager. What he did was indefensible and he deserves to be convicted. They seemed to have forgotten a couple details, though. 

He has been in pre-trial confinement for the past 9 months, held in solitary confinement, and his trial date isn’t scheduled until October 31, nearly 11 months away. So much for the right to a speedy trial. Slager's attorneys had requested a speedy trial, but Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson filed a 10-page response to that motion, saying a date in the fall would be both reasonable and necessary because she is also working on the case against Dylann Roof, the little turd responsible for the June shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Hey, two high-profile murder cases full of guaranteed TV time and possible book and TV deals? She ain’t gonna let someone else handle one and lose out….but I digress.

By the time his trial started, he would have been held for 20 months in solitary confinement. Granted, a conviction is a foregone conclusion but any accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and incarcerating the accused for over a year and a half awaiting trial treads the realm of cruel and unusual. According to his lawyer, Slager’s health has suffered while behind bars, as prison food is generally not gluten-free and Slager has celiac disease. You can force entire prison systems to go pork-free to make Muslims happy, but you can't do anything for the gluten crowd.

So, a black judge agreed to bond him out under house arrest, and the Usual Suspects lost their minds. I’m surprised that Judge Clifton Newman hasn’t been called Uncle Tom by the black community and had his home address Tweeted out by Spike Lee.

SC Judge Clifton Newman
 "We want Slager back in jail," said Elder Johnson, State President of the National Action Network, at the news conference, and also called for the resignation of North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers. After all, when Black America is wronged, everyone must resign. I’m shocked they didn’t also demand the resignation of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Governor Nikki Haley. This despite the fact that Driggers and Summey immediately fired Slager and charged him with murder within a couple days of the shooting. They did what they were supposed to do, but just like the situation at University of Missouri, somebody gotta pay…and the university’s president and chancellor both resigned.

A protester with Concerned Citizens of North Charleston curses at North Charleston Police officers after a press conference in front of City Hall that addressed the release from jail of former North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager on bond. Please note that Mister Peaceful Protester is the same guy from above.

And then they turn on their own, as Mister Peaceful curses at Elder James Johnson, State President of the National Action Network, after the press conference, accusing Johnson and other protesters of not being aggressive enough in their protest. Because, well, peaceful protests, yo.

Ed Bryant of the North Charleston chapter of the NAACP said he believes Slager received preferential treatment. Local pastor Thomas Dixon agreed, saying "justice is not for all, but for some with a particular skin." Oh, spare me. Preferential treatment would have been keeping him on paid leave and free (or even on active duty) instead of fired and charged immediately with Capital M MURDER. Solitary confinement isn’t very preferential, unless you look at it as keeping him apart to keep him safe from fellow inmates so he didn’t get shanked in the showers.

"Slager is a threat to the community," continued Dixon later. "I don't care what the judge said." Yeah, sure, and you’ll vilify the judge as a race traitor next. Slager won’t be able to safely leave wherever he’s staying, let alone be allowed a moment without scrutiny, so when is he going to be freely roaming the community at large to kill at will? He has nowhere to go, and nowhere to hide. In essence, his cell merely got larger and more comfortable. He is in hiding, and his Hanahan home, which has been vacant since his arrest last April, was set on fire last night.  Say it ain’t so, peaceful black community? After all, who kept torching black churches in St. Louis to keep racial hatred going? A black dude. Yes. Kinda like the black Muslim who torched his own Houston mosque and the media was quick to blame Whitey but lost interest quickly when the truth came out. Doesn’t fit the Liberal narrative…

The aforementioned Ninth Circuit Court Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says prosecutors can ask to have bond revoked, but said there are no grounds to do so in this case. Bond is generally revoked when the accused does something wrong, and Slager hasn’t been out of jail much more than 96 full hours yet and hasn’t exactly had time yet to screw up.

You tawkin' to ME?
Meanwhile, over on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, about three miles or so from where Slager shot Walter Scott and about ten miles (maybe less) from the press conference at the jail, 18-year old Larry Grayer and two of his buddies, 18-year-old Deandre Montel Stevens and 17-year-old Aliya Young, went to the Walmart parking lot with the intent to sell some marijuana and then rob the customer afterwards.  The customer, 16 year old Zarmell Polite, and an accomplice got into a gunfight with Grayer and company amidst the attempted robbery. According to investigators, Grayer was shot by Polite and transported to Roper Northwoods Hospital by Stevens and Young, where Grayer later died of his injuries. Digest that a second, will you? Two 18-year olds and a 17-year old selling drugs in the Walmart parking lot and robbing their customers at gunpoint and getting into a gunfight with a 16-year old.
Young and Stevens
Not a peep on this black on black crime from the esteemed black community, just a few miles away. Also not a peep about the 16-year old who killed a 19-year old in a prostitution-related robbery at a local hotel on Christmas Eve. Sure, the article says it was a “date” arranged on (kinda like Craig’s List), but that’s a site that’s primarily only known for two things: escorts & whores setting up meets at hotels where often times the John is robbed and never calls the cops (“I was robbed while committing the crime of solicitation”), and for anonymous hookups for sex. Anonymous hookups don’t have armed backup in the next room, and legit dates meet at Barnes & Noble or the movies, not at Extended Stay America. 

Black lives matter…just not to black people it seems. If they mattered, then all the hue and cry would be focused towards Chicago.

After all, last year was a banner year in The Windy City. Despite the strictest gun laws in the land, there was a total of 2,995 shootings in Chicago, of which 443 were fatal. How is this even possible? President Pooky just Executive Ordered his way to expanded background checks to close the mythical gun show loophole but I guess the background check is a moot point. After all, how many of these street thugs and gang members and various other murderous hoodrats in Chiganistan purchased their firearms legally, through an FFL dealer who did a background check with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and how many had a valid Illinois concealed carry permit?

Likewise in the incident local to me, since these children under the age of 21 could not have legally purchased, let alone possess, the handguns used whilst conducting their equally illegal drug transaction and subsequent attempted robbery-cum-shootout, a background check, or some new draconian gun-control law, would be useless, since criminals don’t obey the law in the first place.
So, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly Lord Obeezy’s right hand at the Reichs Chancellery, was vacationing in the Socialist Worker’s Paradise of Cuba and getting his Che on with those crazy Castro boys, the first shooting of 2016 left one person injured early New Year's Day in the South Chicago neighborhood. Seriously, it took Chicago FIVE MINUTES to endure its first shooting of the New Year. 

The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was inside a residence at 12:05 a.m. last Friday when a bullet came through the second-floor window and grazed her hand and going through her finger, police said. She was taken to a local hospital in good condition.

The bullet was apparently fired by a reveler who was celebrating the New Year by shooting into the air, much like in peaceful cities like Baghdad, Beirut, Benghazi, or any gathered group of celebrating savages. The way they waste rounds in the Middle East celebrating, I should order my ammo there instead of trying to track down what little I can find here. But again I digress…

A little over two hours later, Chicago had its first homicide of the year. Police say the victim was a 24-year-old gang member who had been arguing with another man inside a bar when it spilled out into the street. The other man pulled a gun and shot him in the chest, then fled, police said. Business as usual.

Hours before the city's first reported murder, the Chicago Police Department released new crime numbers for 2015. The statistics show there were more than 50 more homicides last year than in 2014. So, things just get Progressively worse (progressive, get it? I made a Liberal joke!) and the black community only gets involved if a white guy, especially if it’s a white cop, is the shooter. Case in point: the meltdown after the release of dash-cam video that shows the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Again, an inexcusable shooting, at least to the extent of how many rounds were expended. Seemingly, Van Dyke pulled up to the crowded scene and was practically firing as soon as he exited the vehicle. To catch you all upon what happened, allegedly:

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., police were called to investigate a report that McDonald was carrying a knife and breaking into vehicles in a trucking yard. When officers confronted McDonald, he used a knife with a 3-inch blade to slice the tire on a patrol vehicle and damage its windshield. McDonald walked away from police after numerous verbal instructions from officers to drop the knife, at which point responding officers requested Taser backup, according to radio recordings. 

Van Dyke was on the scene for less than 30 seconds before opening fire and began shooting approximately six seconds after exiting his car, from a distance of less than 10 feet away. The first responding officer stated that he did not see the need to use force and none of the at least eight other officers on the scene fired their weapons. McDonald was shot 16 times in 14–15 seconds, expending the maximum capacity of Van Dyke's weapon. Video of the shooting shows that McDonald fell to the ground after the first shot was fired, after which Van Dyke stopped firing for a moment, then opened fire again when McDonald moved, knife still in hand. 

Hmmm, he moved. Shit, bodies on a morgue slab can sometimes twitch. That doesn’t mean the coroner has to stab the corpse again to make sure it’s dead. You had at least eight other officers around, none of whom had fired a shot (leaving at least 128 more rounds to fire at the suspect, plus the other 15 in Van Dyke’s gun), so go up and kick the knife away and subdue the suspect on the ground. Anyone who’s watched an episode of COPS has seen five burly officers dogpile a subject on the ground. 

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office's autopsy report, McDonald was shot in his neck, chest, back, both arms, right leg and had a graze wound to his left scalp. Nine of the 16 shots hit McDonald's back and he was shot even as he lay on the pavement. Toxicology reports later revealed that McDonald had PCP in his blood and urine, which can definitely give bursts of frighteningly superhuman strength when a subject is being subdued, but the dude dropped on the first shot.

Bad shoot by the cop? I’ll go with that. But did you know this happened well over a year ago? And the family had already been paid by the city and the city swept it all under the rug because it was an election year and Comrade Rahm wanted to stay on his Iron Throne. Reports say that the video of the shoot was buried and that camera footage from local businesses were confiscated and even destroyed. Not the first time this cop has been investigated and people were paid off over it, either. Not the first hinky shooting by a Chicago cop, no way. 

Does Chicago have a leadership problem? Yup. Does Chicago have a crime problem? Double yup. Will those dumb bastards keep voting Democrat and blame Whitey for everything? Triple yup.
After all, black lives matter, just not to other black people.

 Of course, I'm pretty sure I must be some sort of heinous racist for pointing out shit like this. And if you're BLACK and point out shit like this, you're a traitor or an Uncle Tom. I'm sure that insurance agent Fred L. Davis has gotten a ration of heat over his billboards in greater Memphis.

Oh, and if you want to ever keep up with the Chicago crime reports the same way I do, keep track of the action at Hey Jackass. This site is AMAZING.