Archive for April, 2009

Louisiana Man Killed After Pointing Gun at Officer

April 12, 2009

 The Associated Press reported that Bernard Monroe, a 73 year old black man that was a retired power company lineman was killed on February 9, 2009 outside of his home during a family barbecue after he pointed a gun at a Homer, Louisiana Police Officer.

 Officer Tim Cox and another officer, that the Homer Police Dept. has refused to identify, were chasing  Monroe’s son, Shaun Monroe, 38, who has an arrest record for assault & battery, but no current outstanding warrants, for his alleged involvement in a drug deal that took place just a few blocks from the home of the Elder Monroe when they saw him run into his father’s house. However, Monroe’s family at the cook-out said he was sitting in a truck talking to his sister when the officers arrived at the home.

 The officers followed the suspect into the house and a few minutes later Shaun Monroe emerged from the home with the unidentified officer in pursuit. When the officer caught up to Monroe he tasered him in the front yard prompting the elder Monroe to confront the officer.

 As Monroe, with pistol in hand, advanced toward the officer in the front yard, Officer Cox, who was still in the house, fired a shot through the home’s screen door striking Monroe killing him.

 Both officers said that Monroe was shot only after he pointed a pistol at the officer in the yard, but witnesses said Monroe was holding only a bottle of water when he was shot. Marcus Frazier, a 32 year old neighbor of Monroe, said he saw one of the officers pick up a gun from a chair on the porch and place it near Monroe’s body. Frazier also said that the elder Monroe kept a gun close by at all times due to drug activity near his home.

 Shaun Monroe, despite being chased and tasered, was not charged with any wrongdoing.

 Homer Police Chief Russell Mills, whom blacks have accused of directing police harassment at them, declined to be interviewed about the incident and has hired an attorney saying he fears for his job.

 Bernard Monroe was married to his wife for more than 50 years and raised 5 children with her.


Obama to Push for Legalization of 12 Million + Illegal Aliens

April 10, 2009
The New York Times
April 8, 2009

While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.


Mr. Obama will frame the new effort — likely to rouse passions on all sides of the highly divisive issue — as “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” said the official, Cecilia Muñoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House.

Mr. Obama plans to speak publicly about the issue in May, administration officials said, and over the summer he will convene working groups, including lawmakers from both parties and a range of immigration groups, to begin discussing possible legislation for as early as this fall.

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Air-conditioned drugs smuggling tunnel discovered on US-Mexico border

April 10, 2009

Mexican police have arrested eight men after discovering a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel complete with air conditioning and a lift being dug close to the US border.

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The 150 yard-long passageway found in northwest Mexico less than 65 yards from the US border

Officials discovered a clandestine passage after reports of suspicious activity at a house in Mexicali, across the border from Calexico Photo: AP

The 150 yard-long passageway was found in northwest Mexico less than 65 yards from the US border and close to the California town of Calexico.

It was 1.4 yards wide and 5.4 yards below ground with an electric rail for transporting containers, ventilation, lights and air-conditioning, according to Juan Miguel Guillen, director of police in Mexico’s northern Baja California state.

Officials discovered the clandestine passage after reports of suspicious activity, including the presence of armed men, at a house in Mexicali, across the border from Calexico. They moved in and arrested eight suspects, found below ground digging the tunnel.

“The detainees confessed that they were looking after the building where a drug tunnel was being built,” Mr Guillen told Agence France Presse.

Agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration were conducting excavations to discover the planned exit point for the tunnel on US soil.

The tunnel’s lift was operated by a hydraulic pulley. Police also found a gun, digging tools and a truck used to cart away the excavated earth at the scene.

The 2,000-mile border between the US and Mexico is the major gateway for much of the cocaine and marijuana that enters the States. The attempted use of tunnels as a means to smuggle in drugs – and also illegal immigrants – is not uncommon. At least 75 have been discovered along America’s border with Mexico since the 1990s, according to Lauren Mack, of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 63 of those since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In 2006, the largest and deepest tunnel ever found was discovered running between the Mexican city of Tijuana and San Diego, in California. Some 787 yards long, it passed under a densely patrolled stretch of the border and ran between two warehouses.

All of the tunnels constructed in the southern US have been found in border areas in California and Arizona, Ms Mack added.

Mexico’s multi-million-dollar drugs trade is controlled by cartels engaged in violent turf wars, particularly in trafficking hotspots near the border. Authorities did not say for whom the arrested men, who are being held in Mexicali, were believed to be working.

Drug-related violence has surged across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug-related brutality nearly two years ago. At least 2,700 people have died so far this year.

Dobbs Concludes U.S. Allows Drugs In

April 10, 2009


Last night Lou Dobbs agreed with the President of Mexico that drugs are flowing into the United States because our government permits it. President Calderon said U.S. corruption permitted drug imports. “If there is traffic in the United States, it is because there is some corruption in the United States,” Calderon said. Dobbs agreed.

“…there is no other explanation,” Dobbs said, “It goes well beyond indifference and apathy, but the fact that this country has tolerated that border being violated by drug traffickers who bring in from Mexico methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana – in fact, Mexico is the largest source. And for us as a nation to have tolerated the immense loss of life, the devastation of lives to addiction and drugs, most of which, again, originate in Mexico, can only be explained by corruption.”

Lou Dobbs is right, there is corruption, but it is mainly political. Drugs are allowed into the country because the ruling class is willing to sacrifice its citizens on the alter of globalism.

American Border Patrol has shown that  the new border fence began cutting off smuggling routes and that led to the Mexican drug war. But the establishment doesn’t want the fence, so they blacked out ABP and its reports, and that includes those who run Lou Dobbs Tonight.

There is something even worse, but more on that later.

SC Trooper Suspended

April 10, 2009

From the Associated Press via the Charlotte Observer April 5, 2009

 South Carolina Sr. Trooper J.D. McGaha, a Trooper since July 2005, has been removed from duty after he was issued a speeding citation on March 28, 2009, by a fellow SC State Trooper, for driving an unmarked patrol car 130 mph in a 70 mph zone.

 According  to the article, the SC Public Safety Department made the announcement of McGaha’s suspension after they discovered that his license to drive was suspended as a result of his failing to pay vehicle taxes.

 McGaha was en route to the Carolina Cup Steeplechase races in Camden, SC where he was scheduled to direct traffic when he was stopped on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County. When asked why he was driving at such a high rate of speed McGaha said he was running late.

Texas war hero helps nab suspects in dog shooting

April 9, 2009

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A highly decorated Navy SEAL who found his beloved yellow Labrador retriever shot dead outside his home helped capture the alleged gunmen following a high-speed chase through three counties.

Marcus Luttrell stayed on the line with a 911 operator April 1 as he tried to catch the fleeing suspects during the 40-mile chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph.

“I told them, ‘You need to get somebody out here because if I catch them I’m going to kill them,'” Luttrell said he told the operator, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Police stopped the suspects and charged two men with cruelty to a non-livestock animal. The driver of the vehicle was cited for not having a license.

There are at least five area dog killings in recent months that could be linked to the case, said Texas Ranger Steven Jeter.

A phone call by The Associated Press to a Walker County court administrator seeking information on attorneys for the men wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006. He is the lone SEAL team member to survive a June 2005 firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan and was given a dog to help him heal after he returned from the war.

“When I saw she was dead, the only thing that popped into my head was, I’ve got to take these guys out,” Luttrell said.


NC Deputy Sheriff Killed in Shootout

April 8, 2009

Authorities say one sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another shot in the neck during a shootout with a man in North Carolina.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says deputies received a call Tuesday night that a man drove a car down a wooded path and was shooting a gun near Grifton, about 75 miles southeast of Raleigh.

Det. Allen Pearson was shot as he confronted the man and died at the hospital. Det. Ryan Dawson was wounded and is being treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Officials say the suspect also was shot and taken to the hospital.

Deputies say the vehicle the suspect drove was registered to a woman in Craven County who has been found dead. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man or the woman, or how she died.

Carthage, NC Officer Takes Down Multiple Murderer

April 6, 2009

Carthage, NC Officer Justin Garner, 25, was the only officer on duty when a call for help was made from the Pinelake Health & Rehab Center on Pinehurst Avenue in the small Moore County town about 90 miles east of Charlotte on Sunday March 30, 2009 at 10 a.m.

 Garner, who has been an officer with the 17 member Carthage Police Force for more than 4 years, was once named “Officer of the Year”, more than proved himself  as being worthy of wearing a badge. It is clear that Garner, by his actions, understands what it means to serve & protect his community.

 By the time Garner arrived at Pinelake he was aware that an armed man had entered the center, shot & killed several helpless people, some in their wheelchairs with no ability, let alone chance, to flee, and that the man was still in the building firing his weapons. He also knew that any back-up officers coming to his aid would not arrive any time soon as he was the only officer on duty.

 However, according to witnesses at the scene, when Garner arrived at Pinelake he exited his patrol car, immediately entered the building and began searching for the murderer with his .40 caliber pistol in hand.

 Eventually, when Officer Garner found the man he was fired upon and struck in the left leg, but he was able to return fire striking the man we now know is Kenneth Stewart, 45, in the chest dropping him in his tracks and ending the ordeal. It was 10:15 a.m., just 15 minutes after Garner had arrived, but I’m sure those 15 minutes felt like hours to the Officer.

 In all, Stewart killed 7 patients in the center and 1 staff member, a male nurse, 39 year old Jerry Avant, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years before becoming a nurse. Witnesses said when Stewart entered the center, Avant used the building wide intercom to alert everyone of what was happening and gave instructions for patients to lock their doors. It is believed that Avant was killed while trying to shield patients with his body.

 Carthage Police Chief Chris Mckenzie said that when he arrived at the center he saw what Officer Garner had walked past as he hunted the killer and described it as “unimaginable, horrific, everything that you can imagine that’s bad in this world”. Mckenzie also said that Garner acted just as he was trained saying “If we wait, folks are going to die”.

 Officer Garner was treated for his leg wound and was at home resting with his wife. Through Chief Mckenzie he declined to be interviewed. Mckenzie said that Garner will need outpatient surgery and that it was unclear when he would return to duty, but that Garner could take as long as he wanted to recover.

 In short, Officer Justin Garner and Nurse Jerry Avant are genuine heroes that the rest of us behind the badge can only hope to live up to.

Supreme Court lets Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand

April 6, 2009
By Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court has let stand the conviction of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sent to death row for gunning down a Philadelphia police officer 28 years ago.

Mimia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Mimia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

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He contends blacks were unfairly excluded from the jury, and has been an outspoken activist from behind bars.

The justices made their announcement Monday.

A separate appeal over whether Abu-Jamal deserves a new sentencing hearing has not been taken up by the high court.

Prosecutors are appealing a federal appeals court ruling in Abu-Jamal’s favor last year on the sentencing issue. The case has attracted international attention amid charges of prosecutorial misconduct and the inmate’s outspoken personality.

Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter and cab driver has been a divisive figure, with many prominent supporters arguing that racism pervaded his trial. Others countered Abu-Jamal is using his skin color to escape responsibility for his actions. They say he has divided the community for years with his provocative writing and activism.

He was convicted for the December 9, 1981, murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner, 25, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Faulkner had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s brother in a late-night traffic stop. Witnesses said Abu-Jamal, who was nearby, ran over and shot the policeman in the back and in the head.

Abu-Jamal, once known as Wesley Cook, was also wounded in the encounter and later confessed to the killing, according to other witnesses testimony.

Abu-Jamal is black and the police officer was white.

Incarcerated for nearly three decades, Abu-Jamal has been an active critic of the criminal justice system.

On a Web site created by friends to promote the release this month of his new book, the prisoner-turned-author writes about his fight. “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion dollar endowed universities but in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America.”

His chief defense attorney, Robert Bryan, had urged the justices to grant a new criminal trial, but the high court offered no explanation for its refusal to intervene.

“The central issue in this case is racism in jury selection,” Bryan wrote to supporters last month. Ten whites and two blacks made up the original jury panel that sentenced Abu-Jamal to death.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a year ago kept the murder conviction in place, but ordered a new capital sentencing hearing. That court ultimately concluded the jury was improperly instructed on how to weigh “mitigating factors” offered by the defense that might have kept Abu-Jamal off death row.

Pennsylvania law at the time said jurors did not have to unanimously agree on a mitigating circumstance, such as the fact that Abu-Jamal had no prior criminal record.

Months before that ruling, oral arguments on the issue were contentious. Faulkner’s widow and Abu-Jamal’s brother attended, and demonstrations on both sides were held outside the courtroom in downtown Philadelphia.

Many prominent groups and individuals, including singer Harry Belafonte, the NAACP and the European Parliament, are cited on his Web site as supporters. Prosecutors have insisted Abu-Jamal pay the price for his crimes, and have aggressively resisted efforts to take him of death row for Faulkner’s murder.

“This assassination has been made a circus by those people in the world and this city who believe falsely that Mumia Abu-Jamal is some kind of a folk hero,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham last year, when the federal appeals court upheld the conviction. “He is nothing short of an assassin.”

3 slain Pittsburgh officers to lie in state

April 6, 2009

By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press – Mon Apr 6, 10:48 am ET

PITTSBURGH – The bodies of three slain Pittsburgh police officers will lie in state at a downtown municipal building, city officials announced Monday.

The viewing at the City-County Building will begin Wednesday afternoon for officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II. A memorial service will be held Thursday at an arena on the University of Pittsburgh Campus.

Richard Poplawski, 23, was wearing a bulletproof vest when he opened fire on the officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

The 911 call that brought Sciullo and Mayhle to the home where they were ambushed on Saturday, and where Kelly was later killed during a four-hour siege, was precipitated by a fight between the gunman and his mother over a dog urinating in the house.

Thursday’s memorial will also serve as the funeral service for 41-year-old Officer Eric Kelly, who will be buried immediately afterward.

Separate funeral services are set for Mayhle and Sciullo.

The argument between Margaret and Richard Poplawski escalated to the point that she threatened to kick him out and she called police to do it, according to a 12-page criminal complaint and affidavit filed late Saturday.

When Sciullo and Mayhle arrived, Margaret Poplawski opened the door and told them to come in and take her son, apparently unaware he was standing behind her with a rifle, the affidavit said. Hearing gunshots, she spun around to see her son with the gun and ran to the basement.

The mother told police her son had been stockpiling guns and ammunition “because he believed that as a result of economic collapse, the police were no longer able to protect society,” the affidavit said.

Autopsies show Sciullo, 37, died of wounds to the head and torso. Mayhle, 29, was shot in the head.

A witness awakened by two gunshots told investigators of seeing the gunman standing in the home’s front doorway and firing two to three shots into one officer who was already down. Sciullo was later found dead in the home’s living room, and Mayhle near the front stoop, police said.

Kelly, 41, was killed as he arrived to assist the first two officers. Kelly was in uniform but on his way home when he responded and was gunned down in the street.

Kelly’s radio call for help summoned other officers, including a SWAT team. The ensuing standoff included a gun battle in which police say Richard Poplawski tried to kill other officers.

Poplawski is charged with three counts of criminal homicide and nine counts of attempted homicide — one each for the eight officers who were shot at in an armored SWAT vehicle, plus a ninth who was shot in the hand as he tried to help Kelly.

A district judge arraigned Poplawski at a hospital. It was not immediately clear if Poplawski had an attorney.