You just can’t fix stupid.

Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine

Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn’t the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer.

But Okaloosa Sheriff’s officials wrote on Facebook that 32-year-old David Blackmon did just that on Sunday morning.

The post says Blackmon called 911 to report a robbery in Fort Walton Beach. Blackmon told the responding deputy that someone entered his car and took $50 and about a quarter ounce of cocaine from the center console.

The report says the deputy spotted some cocaine and a crack rock on the console and a crack pipe on the floorboard by the driver’s side door.

Blackmon is charged with possession of cocaine and resisting arrest without violence. He was released from jail on Tuesday, but records don’t list a lawyer.

You want to see collusion? Take a look here in Cartoon County. A good man run off because…well, he irritated the powers at be.

This started as a dog and pony show, a witch hunt…just like I predicted months ago.  Now it comes out the department and the city council were working together with the union to launch a good man from a tough job.  This is really a fine example how government is NOT supposed to work.  

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Councilors, officers worked together for police chief’s departure

While a vote of no-confidence by his employees was sold to the public as a “last resort,” allegations of unfit leadership were never addressed with former Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek prior to his being put on paid administrative leave by city officials at an emergency meeting in March.

Keep reading:

http://www.pinejournal.com/news/4296990-councilors-officers-worked-together-police-chiefs-departure#.WW5gKYMLSQI.link

The daily mail does a better job of covering this story than local “news” outlets. Sad.

One question I have that has not been asked or published is if the M.E. ruled this shooting as a homicide, is the shooter in jail?  If not, why?

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Cop Who Shot Unarmed Minneapolis Woman Had Prior Complaints

 

Via Daily Mail:

The police officer who shot dead an Australian woman outside of her Minnesota home was already under investigation for ‘violently’ forcing a woman to hospital, court documents allege.

Mohamed Noor reached over and shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his squad car while she spoke to his colleague on the driver’s side in a back alley behind her upscale Minneapolis home.

Both officer’s bodycams were off and the squad car camera not recording, but an audio exchange between dispatch and the officers involved captures the chilling moments directly after she was killed at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

Keep reading…

Will folks be so fast to judge now?

This will be entertaining to watch, the stories I’ve read this morning were pretty one sided against the police.  Now that the news is out that the shooter was the “first Somalian police officer hired in the fifth precinct” who I’d guess is likely Muslim, will attitudes change?

Will this officer be persecuted in the media like the Castile shooting?  Will hateful judgement calls continue?    Boy..if the situation were reversed, the fur would fly and the accusations of racism would be rampant…

 

Read the story here:

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-officer-who-shot-killed-woman-identified/434975623/#1

 

Why does it seem the police are always presumed guilty until they prove innocence?

Australian woman shot dead by Minneapolis police after calling to report possible crime

An Australian woman engaged to marry an American next month was shot and killed by a Minneapolis cop Saturday night after calling police to report an incident, leading her family and investigators to question what caused the deadly shooting.

The woman, identified as Justine Damond, 40, was killed in the late-night shooting in the city’s Fulton neighborhood, Fox 9 reported. She reportedly had called to report an assault.

“Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday,” the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release. “At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.”

Police were trying to determine whether any video of the incident exists. The body cameras of the officers involved were not activated, according to police.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know.”

– Zach Damond

Damond, an Australian national and instructor with the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, was engaged to be married in August and has a son, according to Fox 9. Her fiance, identified by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as Don Damond, was reportedly on his way home from a business trip.

Damond, whose maiden name was Ruszczyk but went by her fiance’s last name, called police after hearing a sound in a nearby alley, according to their son, Zach Damond, 22.

“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Zach Damond told the Star-Tribune. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, at a press conference Sunday, called the shooting “tragic.”

Michelle Gross, from Communities United Against Police Brutality, released a statement on Damond’s death.

“Sadly we now [mourn the life of] Justine, a white woman living in southwest Minneapolis–who simply notified the police about an assault she was concerned about,” Gross said. “She was being a good neighbor! And she lost her life being a good neighbor.”

Both officers were placed on administrative leave.

The medical examiner’s office will be conducting an autopsy.

The shooting comes a year after a Minnesota officer shot Philando Castile, an elementary school cafeteria worker, several times during a traffic stop. The deadly police-involved shooting sparked nationwide outcry. The officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted and recieved $48,500 to leave the department.

Click here for more from Fox 9. 

Weekend feel good story..

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New York Post 20 hours ago

The irony screams.

Today was the first time I’ve ever noticed these signs around the school on the Rez and frankly, it made me laugh.  If you look at Cartoon County’s jail roster, its commonly half filled with natives charged with drug crimes.  Do you suppose they stop at these signs on the road and turn around?  Wonder why they don’t have “gun free zone” sign up?  I really have to wonder why the tribe doesn’t work a bit harder to quell the drug epidemic on the reservation….I can tell you this, SIGNS WON’T WORK!  Does this mean there is a drug use zone??

 

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Equality is a fantasy. If exceptions have to be made to pass physical agility tests, thats not equality, its discrimination. It discriminates against men, not women. What a joke. Who would you want dragging you from a burning building, a 110 pound woman or a 250 pound man?

Judge Rules That Colorado Springs Police Fitness Test Discriminates Against Women

Colorado Springs PD was told by a federal judge that they can't fire officers for failing their physical test.

Colorado Springs PD was told by a federal judge that they can’t fire officers for failing their physical test.

Judge Orders Colorado Springs PD to Scrap Their Physical Test

Colorado Springs, CO – Concluding a two-year lawsuit against Colorado Springs Police Department, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the department discriminated against female officers for mandating a fitness test.

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch determined that the physical tests “shamed and ostracized” officers while providing “meaningless” results, according to Jakob Rodgers with The Gazette.

The issue stems from a decision in 2009 when former Colorado Spring Police Chief Richard Myers mandated that all officers undergo physical fitness tests.

After the test was put into place, 40 percent of females failed the test and 9 percent of males failed.

Despite 49% of the department failing the test, the next Chief, Pete Carey mandated that all officers pass the test annually or they would be placed on desk duty for six months. If an officer failed the test again after six months, they could be fired.

Judge Matsch did not find the requirement reasonable. “To retroactively impose that requirement on women who have invested their lives as career police officers is fundamentally unfair,” Judge Matsch wrote.

The requirement to pass a fitness test or be fired is also unprecedented in American police departments, the judge noted. Police officers are civilians, not in the military, and an ongoing fitness requirement for officers who age or get injured is an unreasonable burden, especially when issued retroactively.

The fitness tests also do little to properly evaluate if an officer is fit for duty. Considering that no other police department had this requirement, and their officers still somehow manage to do their jobs, the reasoning behind the decision was called into question.

The 12 plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all female, failed their physical test on the first try and the lawsuit states that it caused at least one 24-year veteran to quit to avoid sudden termination.

“It was horrible,” former Lieutenant Maggie Santos said. “I didn’t want to leave. That isn’t when I had planned to retire. I still had more career in front of me, and it was taken.” Lieutenant Santos was already assigned to a desk job in Internal Affairs prior to the physical test, but she was still threatened with termination.

“The women are wonderful professionals, and all they wanted was to be able to serve crime victims and the citizens of Colorado Springs,” the plaintiff’s attorney, Donna Dell’Olio said. “And now they’re going to be allowed to do that.”

The plaintiffs said that they went forward with the lawsuit to protect younger female officers.

“The reason why we did it was for the younger women,” Santos said. “They won’t appreciate it now when they’re in their 20s, but in 20 to 25 years, they’ll appreciate what we did, and we’re doing it for them.”

“They did this at great peril to their careers. And they did it for the younger women who are coming up behind them,” Dell’Olio said.

Good. Its a scourge on society, LEO’s, families, and taxpayers.

By Susan Jones | July 13, 2017 | 10:50 AM EDT

“We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are. We will use every tool we have to stop criminals from exploiting vulnerable people and stealing our hard-earned tax dollars. We are continuing to work hard to develop even more techniques to identify and prosecute wrongdoers.“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you. We will bring you to justice. And, you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”

It must be nice

Its gotta be great to have a job where you can drive a taxpayer vehicle on the taxpayer dime, and get your private business done on the taxpayer dollar.  This picture was taken on June 30th at 10:04 at the Cloquet Wells Fargo, in fairness, it wasn’t a trooper but a commercial vehicle enforcement clown.  I cannot think of one single reason how or why this fully marked Minnesota State patrol commercial vehicle would have been at the bank other than the driver was doing his or her own business and frankly, I think its unacceptable and a disgraceful use of public resources.

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