Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Terence Walker Shot by Police - Body camera video

Terrence Walker bending to pick up what the officer believed to be a gun
Even with the body cam video that Attorney Benjamin Crump has been advocating for since the death of Michael Brown, people do not want to believe what is recorded on them.

Terence Walker went to a wedding after telling a friend that he had a bullet with a woman's name on it  who was attending the wedding.  The Pastor of the church called police and told them Walker had shown up at the site and had a gun.  An officer arrived at the scene, started questioning Walker and Walker ran.  While running Walker dropped what the officer believed was his gun -- Walker immediately stopped, picked the gun up and appeared to point it at the officer which resulted in the officer shooting and killing Walker.  This is all recorded clearly on the officer's body camera.  Still, there is this from Alex Jones at Info Wars:
Police in Oklahoma released a video Friday that shows a white officer shooting and killing a fleeing black man, the latest deadly, racially-charged incident involving white US law enforcement officers and African-American men.
Please watch the video and tell me how in the actual f**k this shooting is race related.

At about 2:45 you see an officer turn Walker over and find the gun, he tosses it about five feet away and the officer with the body cam secures it.

The man you see in the video trying to get the officer to let him go over to Walker is Pastor Jones, the man who called police to tell them Walker was at his church carrying a gun.  Jones insists on helping Walker as the officer tells him repeatedly to get back because (as the Pastor already knew), Walker had a gun.

Walker's mother is saying the officer didn't need to shoot her son because he was running away. Walker ran from an officer carrying a gun that Walker had been threatening his ex-girlfriend with, and that he had tried to hand off to someone when the officer arrived to confront him.  The officer felt the gun when he was patting Walker down which is the moment Walker elbowed the cop and ran.  The moment Walker stopped to pick up his cell phone, gum, gun, or to tie his shoes, he was a dead man walking.  The responsibility to do the right thing in this instance was on Walker, period. Everything he said and did that day lead to his death.

If no one explained this to Walker's mother, they should have, and it should be part of the "talk" black mothers and fathers have with their sons and daughters.

This was clearly a justified shooting by the officer .

Vice News:
At no point during the video does an ambulance arrive or do any of the police officers attempt to perform CPR or any kind of emergency resuscitation as Walker lies in the street.
As long as the suspect has a gun under his body, the officer will wait until back-up arrives before approaching the suspect.  When his back-up arrived, the officer felt for a pulse but did not perform CPR.  CPR is the only training officers receive and that is usually when they are in the academy.  The officer who shot Walker radioed right away for EMS, which can be heard on the video.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kendrick Johnson's Parents Plan their arrest

Jackie and Kenneth (Mike) Johnson - parents of Kendrick Johnson
Victor Blackwell - CNN today:
(CNN)Still seeking justice in their son's death, Kendrick Johnson's parents will face the justice system themselves Monday on misdemeanor charges related to a 2013 protest, their attorney said.
 Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, along with five family members, each face a charge of interference with government property for allegedly blocking the entrance to the Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta, Georgia, and blocking access to the security checkpoint inside the building.
This article reminded me of a video I came across a few months back where Jackie and Kenneth Johnson were planning these arrests with activists just prior to the protest.   The full length video can be seen on Boston Rhynes' youtube channel.  It is worth the watch to see how these activists operate. After Jackie Johnson is arrested, the protest leader is heard telling the onlookers how awful Lownde's County Sheriffs are for arresting the mother of a dead child.

In the clip below you hear an activist announcing the planned arrest to other agitators just prior to the protest at Lownde's County courthouse.  They are gathered across the street:

"The family has decided they will be getting arrested, they will provoke some type of arrest today in that courthouse. "

 Like every other aspect of this case, the parents stage situations, manipulate authorities, and fabricate scenarios.  They demand that everyone else deem the death of  their 17 year old son, Kendrick Johnson, a murder, but due to the overwhelming amount of evidence to the contrary, this case will never be about murder.  Kendrick Johnson tried to retrieve a shoe from a gym mat that was upright and stacked behind twenty other gym mats when he became stuck, unable to right himself and crawl back out.  He died, upside down in the mat, of positional asphyxia.

More on the Kendrick Johnson story

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Amended Lawsuit filed by Kendrick Johnson Family

Amended lawsuit filed by the family of Kendrick Johnson last week.  If this wasn't so cruel, it might almost be funny.  The Johnson's will never see a penny of this, nor will anyone settle with them.  If Benjamin Crump and Chevene King come away from this with their law licenses in tact, it will be a miracle.