Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 10)
 

Freddie Gray’s Knife – Why is Prosecutor Claiming Unlawful Arrest?

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Posted by    Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:35am 5/2/2015 at 10:35am
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A new talking point claiming that Freddie Gray’s original arrest was unlawful has arisen, propelled by the claim yesterday by Prosecutor Mosby that the knife seized from Gray by police was legal to possess in Maryland.

As reported by the New York Times:

Ms. Mosby faulted the police conduct at every turn. The...

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Freddie Gray Cops Charges – Justice or Political Theater?

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Posted by    Friday, May 1, 2015 at 3:15pm 5/1/2015 at 3:15pm

The announcement today by Maryland state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby of numerous charges brought against the six officers purportedly involved in the death of Freddie Gray is rich in political theater and shockingly lacking in evidence of criminal malfeasance.

The full press conference video is at our prior post.

A solid foundation...

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Was Freddie Gray’s Arrest Lawful? Almost Certainly

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Posted by    Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00am 5/1/2015 at 7:00am

There appears to be much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the claim that Freddie Gray’s arrest itself was unlawful, thus tainting every aspect of subsequent police conduct, thus murder!11!11!

The thinking, as near as I can understand it, is as follows:

(1) Freddie Gray did no more than merely make eye...

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What do we REALLY know about why Freddie Gray died?

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Posted by    Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00am 4/30/2015 at 7:00am

One of the most remarkable aspects of the death of Freddie Gray is how little is publicly known about the physiological cause of death, and the lack of evidence behind all the speculation.

The autopsy will not be released, according to police, but will be handed over to state prosecutors. There is...

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NRA Firearms Law Seminar: Restoration of Gun Rights

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00pm 4/15/2015 at 7:00pm

As I continue my homeward travels from the NRA Annual Meeting–yesterday was seven hours of riding in hard rain from wester North Carolina to northern Virginia, and I’m still drying out–here’s another post looking back at the Annual Firearms Law Seminar.

A particularly interesting Seminar talk was entitled “Gun Rights Restoration: The Nuts &...

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NRA Annual Meeting: Firearms Law Seminar Series

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:00am 4/14/2015 at 10:00am

As I type this roughly 79,000 people are still happily recovering from their participation in the NRA Annual Meeting held this past weekend in Nashville, TN—your humble scribe among them.

The massive scope of the event—three days of legal seminars, classroom instruction, political speeches, country music concert, and 9 acres (not a...

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Cop Shoots Fleeing Unarmed Black Man, Charged With Murder

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:30am 4/8/2015 at 8:30am

Last weekend a cop shot of a fleeing unarmed black man in Charleston, SC.  

Not all the facts are in, but the video (apparently captured by a cell phone) is damning; it shows the cop firing at the fleeing black man several times, finally bringing him to the ground.  There seems...

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Andrew Goes to Nashville: NRA Annual Meeting 2015

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:00am 4/5/2015 at 9:00am

It was Tennyson who wrote that “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

For many of us men who left “young” in the rearview mirror some years back, however, in the spring our fancy turns to something else entirely: the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting, this...

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Chris Christie Pardons Shaneen Allen

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00am 4/3/2015 at 7:00am

Members of the Legal Insurrection community will be familiar with the travails of Pennsylvania nurse and single-mom of two Shaneen Allen under the heel of New Jersey’s unconscionable anti-Second Amendment laws, as we covered the matter here in some detail, including PA Nurse Arrested on Gun Charges Given Reprieve (9/24/14) and ...

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Libel suit claims NBC misleads on another flameout

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:30pm 3/31/2015 at 4:30pm

Is NBC up to its old—and I do mean old—tricks?

Way back in the early 1990s the network’s “Dateline NBC” program ran a “news” story claiming that certain General Motors pickup trucks would explode in flames when involved in an accident.

They demonstrated this propensity to their viewers by filming a controlled crash...

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Texas bill: Up to $10k fine for signs prohibiting lawful concealed carry

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:30pm 3/25/2015 at 3:30pm

Much like the South once used local and state laws to undermine the civil rights victories of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, those seeking to undermine recent 2nd Amendment civil rights victories often do so by creating a web of complex and often unlawful regulations and limitations upon the exercise...

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ATF Backs Down on Ban of Popular Rifle Ammo

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:40pm 3/10/2015 at 3:40pm

Only three weeks after proposing to ban perhaps the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (more commonly referred to as the ATF, and that ought to be a convenience store, not a government bureau) has abruptly backed down.

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Judge Denies Stay in Handgun Transfer Ban Case

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Posted by    Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3:45pm 3/9/2015 at 3:45pm

I covered the federal court ruling in Mance v. Holder in some detail last month, and if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to get up to speed on that decision it might be useful to take a moment to click over: Federal Court: Handgun Transfer Ban Unconstitutional. (That post includes...

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Analyzing Wisconsin police shooting of unarmed Black teen

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Posted by    Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:25pm 3/8/2015 at 3:25pm

Stop me if you’ve heard seen this one before: the now tiresome and wholly predictable cycle of news coverage when a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager:

Step 1: Build the false narrative. Mainstream media outlets report that a police officer has shot an unarmed black teenager, and provide...

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Even DOJ Admits: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” An Utter Lie

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Posted by    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 3:10pm 3/5/2015 at 3:10pm

Perhaps the single most potent piece of political theatre to emerge from the Ferguson MO shooting of Mike Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson was the meme of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme was based on the false claim by Dorian Johnson that Brown had his hands raised...

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Darren Wilson Cleared by DOJ of Civil Rights Violations

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 3/4/2015 at 3:30pm

The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice has released an extensive report (embedded below) clearing former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting death of Mike Brown in August 2014.

Wilson’s shooting of Brown led to weeks of often violent protests, including repeated...

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Suspect Shot While Grabbing for Cop’s Gun (Los Angeles Edition)

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:45pm 3/3/2015 at 4:45pm

This “standing headline” is becoming so ubiquitous it ought to be formally recognized as an internet meme.

A robbery suspect, identified in the CNN report simply as “Africa” or “Brother Africa” was being arrested by four LAPD officers yesterday in Los Angeles.  He was violently non-compliant, as evidence by the video below and by eye witness...

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