Friday, August 22, 2014

St Louis Sheriff Deputy Dan Page - "I am a killer and will kill again, Praise the Lord"

Cop who pushed CNN host suspended — but not fired — after video of his racist rant emerges

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, August 22, 2014 19:20

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  • Email this pageA St. Louis County police officer who was seen pushing CNN host Don Lemon during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week was suspended from duty after a video of himself, CNN reported on Friday.The video, posted online this past May, shows Officer Dan Page giving a speech before members of the Christian organization the Oath Keepers. At one point, he shows the audience a picture of himself in Kenya, saying he went there to search for the country’s “undocumented president,” Barack Obama.
“I flew to Africa, right there, and I went to our undocumented president’s home,” Page says. “He was born in Kenya.”
According to CNN, authorities were concerned over remarks Page made indicating a willingness to kill.
“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I’m also a killer,” Page says in the video. “I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me. I have no problems with it. God did not raise me to be a coward.
On top of his suspension, Page was ordered to take a psychiatric exam. County Police Chief Jon Belmar also issued a public apology “to anybody that was offended” by Page’s remarks.
“He does not represent the rank-and-file of [the] St. Louis County Police Department,” Belmar told Lemon in an interview on Friday.
The footage also shows Page, a retired Vietnam veteran, saying he does not believe in hate crime laws, while also complaining about “sodomites” on the Supreme Court, “sodomites and females” entering the military, and blaming women for causing men to be arrested on domestic violence charges.
“Don’t be a waste of cops’ time,” Page says. “Just shoot each other and get it done.”
On Monday, Page was spotted pushing Lemon while he gave a live report during a protest criticizing the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Page was not wearing a badge or identification at the time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

When "Too Protect and too Serve" becomes "Military Police to intimidate and harass"


(Reuters) - Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager's death. But what, if anything, that had to do with the fatal encounter became less clear as the day went by. Hours after the reports' release, police said that Officer Darren Wilson, 28, had no idea 18-year-old Brown was a robbery suspect.

He simply wanted Brown to move from the road to the sidewalk, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference "He was walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That was it," Jackson said. After nearly a week of accusations that the Ferguson Police Department did not know how to communicate with the public, Jackson did little to dispel that image during two appearances on Friday. He was visibly nervous, stuttering as he fumbled his notes, and made announcements that sowed more confusion. After releasing the robbery incident report without any attempt to explain its fuller context, he let more than five hours pass before confirming, and only when asked, that Wilson did not know about the robbery when he encountered Brown.

 The decision by the police department, which is overwhelmingly white, to release a report on the robbery while keeping details of the shooting secret only added to the frustration felt by many in the St. Louis area. Still, as protests entered their sixth night on Friday there was far less tension than earlier in the week, before local forces were replaced by state police led by an African-American captain. Outside a burned-out building where protesters were shot with rubber bullets two days ago, the scene resembled a summer carnival.

Horns blew in support as cars drove past a crowd of people, many of whom brought picnic coolers. Hope Walker, 46, sat in a folding chair on the sidewalk with some friends. "It's more like a block party than what I was calling little Beirut," said the music teacher. Earlier Friday, after identifying Wilson as the officer involved in the shooting, the Ferguson police chief described him as a "gentleman" who has been devastated by the incident. Wilson worked four of his six years as an officer on the Ferguson police force, Jackson said. Wilson's identity has been kept a secret since the Aug. 9 shooting and authorities had been under mounting pressure to both identify the officer and to provide details about the investigation to ease unrest in the largely black community.

 Since Saturday's killing, which took place shortly after noon on a street running through a quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood, protesters have converged on Ferguson. Civil rights groups have complained that Brown's death is the latest in a long history of racial profiling and harassment by police, and discriminatory arrests. Some residents saw the police report on the robbery as the latest example of the pattern. "This is how the police operate here, they always defame the name of the victim," said area resident Arthur Austin, 39. "The more I hear, the less I trust what the police are saying." RALLY ON SUNDAY A Brown family attorney said it appeared to be Brown in the convenience store's security-camera footage, which showed a man shoving a store clerk during an apparent robbery.

Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Brown that day, told the FBI and Justice Department officials about the robbery this week, his lawyer said. Anthony Gray, a Brown family attorney, said the talk of a robbery was a "distraction" raised by police. He said the real issue was why Wilson shot an unarmed Brown as the teenager held his arms in the air in a sign of surrender, as two witnesses described.

 The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the civil rights group National Action Network, issued a statement condemning what he called a "smear campaign" against the teenager. Sharpton said he would lead a rally on Sunday with Brown's family, who expressed outrage at the police report in a statement on Twitter. "There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender," the statement said. According to the account given by Jackson and the police reports his department released, police received a call about the robbery and an ensuing altercation with a clerk at 11:51 a.m. on Aug. 9. A suspect description went out over police radio.

 Wilson left a prior call he was on and then encountered Brown at 12:01 p.m. Three minutes later Wilson had fatally shot Brown, Jackson said. Wilson, who has been put on paid administrative leave, has been shielded from the public. A lone police car sat outside Wilson's single-story brick house on Friday, and neighbors posted signs on their doors asking to be left alone. One neighbor said Wilson had not been seen for days. Another posted a sign on their door that read simply: "We don't know anything. Pray for peace." The police version that has thus far been provided of Brown's shooting differs markedly from witness accounts, including that of his friend Johnson. In their earlier account, police said Brown reached into the patrol car and struggled with Wilson before the officer pulled his service gun and shot Brown multiple times. Wilson sustained a facial injury, which was treated in a hospital, they said.

 But Johnson and one other witness have said that Brown was trying to get away from the officer, who tried to grab him after telling him to move off the street and onto a sidewalk. Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender but was shot several times, they said. Police have acknowledged that Brown's body was more than 30 feet away (nine meters) from the police car when he died and that multiple shell casings were found at the scene. (Additional reporting by Jason McLure in St. Louis, Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, Carey Gillam in Kansas City, and Jonathan Allen in New York; Writing by Carey Gillam; Editing by Eric Beech)

MEMPHIS TN (IFS) -- Dorian Johnson's statements keep changing as the hours prolong.  Chief Thomas Jackson's statements are not any better. When Johnson tells his story about the altercation with the police officer, he states that he sees the officers weapon through the window, then he sees the officer fire a shot at Brown's upper body.  He continues to tell us then they began to run, after the first shots.  Nowhere in his statements does he say that Brown throw his hands up and said "Hands Up, don't Shoot".

Johnson is clearly attempting to get fame and face time.  The question is, why was only Brown shot and not Johnson, as they were together.

Chief Jackson, did not have the courtesy to meet with the Missouri State Patrol officer in charge at the request of the Governor.  He showed no respect for the the chain of command and other officers.

We understand that it's politics to toss up a smoke screen to protect your fellow officers and the terrible deed that was done, causing the entire nation to question the tactics of a chief of police that polarized the situation.

The role of the police is too "Protect and Serve".  These officers were totally para-military and treated their citizens as all criminals and arresting the press and causing more trouble than solving it.

It has been a long, strange day in Ferguson, Missouri: for reporters covering the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, for residents reeling from the loss of a member of their community. It has probably been longer and stranger still for those directly affected by Brown’s death — his mother, Lesley McSpadden, his father, Michael Brown Sr., his friends. It has also, surely, been a long and strange day for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown on Saturday and whose name was finally released to the public today by Police Chief Thomas Jackson. Death threats against the officer and his family, police said, kept them from releasing the officer’s name to the press initially. But pressure to release the name mounted all week, and police finally succumbed, announcing Friday morning that Police Chief Jackson would hold a press conference to announce the name at around 8:30 a.m. ET. Reporters gathered beside the smoke-stained carcass of a convenience store burnt by rioters in nights previous. It was a potent reminder of the clashes between protesters and heavily-armed police that the city had endured for days before Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, replaced Ferguson and St. Louis County police with Missouri State Highway Patrol officers led by Captain Ron Johnson. Johnson, a St. Louis native, has so far led a master-class in community policing. Gone are the heavily-armored vehicles favored by Ferguson and St. Louis County officers, gone are the riot gear and the weapons, replaced by equanimity and calm.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hilary and Obama Break up after "Criticizing Obama's 'don't do stupid stuff' mantra for foreign policy"

Hillary Clinton slams Obama's policy on Syria in her first major move to distance herself from the President
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Criticized Obama's 'don't do stupid stuff' mantra for foreign policy.

Said more should have been done to prepare rebels in the early stages of their uprising against President Bashar al Assad.  Government facing international backlash over approach to international crises
Obama is currently on vacation.

Likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made pointed comments on America's current foreign policy, putting some rare distance between herself and the Obama administration.
The 66-year-old - who was Obama's top diplomat during her time as Secretary of State - said she disagreed with the government's embattled approach to international affairs during an extended interview with The Atlantic magazine.

The interview was published as President Obama faces major backlash over the way he has handled the current crises in Israel, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, Fox News reported.
'Great nations need organizing principles,' Clinton told The Atlantic.

Keeping her distance: Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dramatically distanced herself from the President's approach to foreign policy in an interview published Sunday
'And ''don’t do stupid stuff'' is not an organizing principle.'
Clinton specified her main concern was the situation in Syria.
She said America should have armed Syrian rebels in the early stages of their uprising against President Bashar al Assad.

'The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad — there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle — the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,' she told The Atlantic.
Clinton has long advocated that more should have been done in Syria and those opinions in the memoir she wrote of her years in State Department called Hard Choices.
Clinton did say that Obama's mantra of 'don't do stupid sh--' was an attempt to assure the American people the government was 'not going to do anything crazy', but that she doesn't think that was the right approach.

Under fire: President Obama, who is currently on vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, has been widely criticised for his approached to halting ISIS advances in Syria
Last week Obama ordered air strikes and humantiarian airdrops in Syri - the first airstrikes in Iraq since 2011.

The decision came after a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed his administration had a record-high disapproval rating, with 60 percent of those polled saying they did not approve of Obama's approach.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Obama’s response 'clearly very, very ineffective, to say the least', according to The New York Post.

'This is the possibility of a cataclysmic scenario,” McCain told CNN’s State of the Union.
He said the radical Islamist group is quickly spreading around the region.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Marianne Faithfull Claims Her Ex-Boyfriend Killed Jim Morrison in 1971 Paris Bathtub Death

Marianne Faithfull Claims Her Ex-Boyfriend Killed Jim Morrison in 1971 Paris Bathtub Death

Marianne Faithfull has stirred up the mystery surrounding Jim Morrison's death in a revealing new magazine interview, insisting her ex-boyfriend supplied the drugs that cost The Doors legend his life.
The singer/poet is alleged to have died of a heroin overdose in Paris in 1971, but as no autopsy was performed, the exact cause of his death is still disputed.
But now, in an explosive Mojo article, Faithfull has accused her ex-boyfriend, aristocrat Jean de Breiteuil, of supplying the drugs that killed Morrison.
She claims she knew something terrible was about to happen and chose to stay away from the apartment Morrison shared with his girlfriend Pamela Courson when de Breiteuil was planning a final visit.
Faithfull tells Mojo, "I could intuitively feel trouble. I thought, 'I'll take a few (sedative) Tuinal and I won't be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him."
But she insists the drug overdose was an accident: "The smack (heroin) was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn't know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me."

Here's a shocking twist in rock 'n roll history.Marianne Faithfull claimed in a recent interview with Mojo magazine that Doors frontman Jim Morrison's 1971 Parisian bathtub death was, actually, a murder -- and it involved her ex-boyfriend Jean de Breteuil.
The singer/songwriter, 67, recalled that fateful summer when she traveled to France with de Breteuil, a heroin dealer whose clients included several high-profile celebs. Upon their arrival, Faithfull's beau told her he had to stop by the Lizard King's apartment, located at 17 Rue Beautreillis.
"I could intuitively feel trouble," Faithfull recalled, resulting in her taking "a few Tuinal" and conking out. "He went to see Jim Morrison and killed him," she claimed. "I mean I'm sure it was an accident. Poor bastard."
"The smack was too strong?" she speculated to herself. "Yeah. And he died. And I didn't know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me."
While Morrison is long gone, the numerous conspiracy theories regarding his death continue to thrive. At the time, French authorities decided to skip the autopsy as no foul play was believed to be suspected in his death.
As for Jean de Breiteuil? The former dealer died of an overdose in Morocco that same year. "He was a horrible guy, someone who had crawled out from under a stone," Faithfull recalled in her 2000 autobiography. "What I liked about him was that he had one yellow eye and one green eye. And he had a lot of dope. It was all about drugs and sex."
In the same interview with Mojo, Faithfull also discussed another fallen music legend, Amy Winehouse, who, like Morrison, also died at age 27. "Amy was very, very wary of me," F
aithfull said. "She knew that I knew and she didn't want me to say anything. There's a level of narcissism which is all mixed up with self-hatred. I know it well.... But I can't think what I could have done apart from take her and shake her! 'You stupid little c---! Wake up!'"
Faithfull is back in the news as her new album, Give My Love to London, is released on Sept. 29.