Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 12)
 

McKinney Officer in Brawl Video Resigns

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:27pm 6/9/2015 at 6:27pm

Not many details on this yet but it appears that McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt has resigned from the police department, as reported by ABC news and others sources.

Casebolt’s resignation was confirmed Tuesday by attorney Jane Bishkin, who told WFAA that the decision was made after a meeting with the department’s...

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Freddie Gray Case: Court Rejects Prosecutor’s Gag Order

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:30am 6/9/2015 at 11:30am

Once again, Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby seems to be having difficulty grasping fundamentals of the practice of law.

Indeed, she’s now reduced to making exactly the same errors she only recently accused opposing counsel of making.

In this most current instance, Mosby’s motion for a gag order on the Freddie Gray case has been...

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Video Analysis: McKinney Brawl Another Rush to Misjudgment?

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Posted by    Monday, June 8, 2015 at 9:15pm 6/8/2015 at 9:15pm

If you hadn’t already heard the internet roar, there is outrage brewing at the use-of-force by police in McKinney, Texas.

The biggest driver of outrage appears to be a ~13 minute cell phone video.

Here’s that video in its entirety, but I call out specific relevant portions below if you don’t want to sit through...

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Baltimore Mayor’s Staffers Jumping Ship

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Posted by    Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:30am 6/5/2015 at 8:30am

We’re all familiar with the proverb, rats flee a sinking ship. To see this in action on a human scale we need look no further than the offices of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

In a story that’s gotten remarkably little news coverage, the Baltimore Sun Times reports that four of the Mayor’s...

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VIDEO: Shooting of Tamir Rice by Police Goes to Grand Jury

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Posted by    Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 5:10pm 6/4/2015 at 5:10pm

Last November Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a city park.  The investigation by law enforcement has now been completed, and the case is being handed over to prosecutors and a Grand Jury, reports CNN and other sources.

The Cleveland police officers had been dispatched to the...

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Freddie Gray Case: Prosecutor Seeks to Seal Autopsy

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Posted by    Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9:45am 6/4/2015 at 9:45am

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who raised eyebrows (understatement maximus) when she abruptly charged six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, has now sought to seal Gray’s autopsy report from the public.

This is based on reporting by the Baltimore Sun, as brought to my attention by Chuck Ross at the...

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Data on police killings bucks media narrative

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 4:15pm 6/3/2015 at 4:15pm

One of the dominant theories of our time is that police officers are waging a Terminator-like war against unarmed young black men, killing them with a ruthlessness and determination evocative of a genocide, all the while escaping legal sanction.

The Washington Post, certainly not a paper to shy away from fanning the...

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Apparent Sweetheart Plea Deal for New Black Panther Bombers

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2:25pm 6/2/2015 at 2:25pm

It looks like two members of the St. Louis Chapter of the New Black Panthers who planned multiple terrorist bombings around Ferguson, MO last year have been gifted a sweetheart plea deal from Obama’s Department of Justice, based upon reports by Fox News/Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Today Olajuwon Ali Davis...

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VERDICT in Squatter Shooting Case: Not Guilty

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Posted by    Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 12:00pm 5/30/2015 at 12:00pm

It took the Sparks NV jury fewer than 7 hours last night to find 74-year-old Wayne Burgarello not guilty of all charges in the shooting of two squatters, one of whom died of his injuries, reports the Reno Gazette Journal.  Burgarello had been charged with murder for the death he caused and was...

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VIDEO: Freddie Gray Cast: More Mosby Incendiary Statements

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12:00pm 5/29/2015 at 12:00pm

Fox host Megyn Kelly had a segment on last night in which she played video of public statements made by Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby regarding the Freddy Gray case

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Media STILL Doesn’t Understand “Stand-Your-Ground”

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Posted by    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2:50pm 5/28/2015 at 2:50pm

I don’t suppose it will ever end–the mainstream media will continue to cover trials involving deadly force, will continue to blindly label them Stand-Your-Ground cases, and will continue to demonstrate its utter ignorance of what Stand-Your-Ground actually is.

The most recent example comes in the form of

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Brelo Not Guilty Verdict: Judge Presents Detailed Rationale

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:50pm 5/23/2015 at 12:50pm

As mentioned in my prior post, Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, who is white, has been found not guilty of all charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both black.  The shooting followed reports of shots fired at police from Russell’s vehicle, upon which Russell, with Williams as...

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NOT GUILTY: Verdict in Prosecution of Cleveland Officer Brelo

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:25am 5/23/2015 at 11:25am

In a case that somehow had not come on my radar screen, minutes ago Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo (who is white) was found not guilty by Judge John. P. O’Connell of all criminal charges resulting from his shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams (who were both black). Brelo had...

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Freddy Gray Case: Local Lawyers Suggest Shift in Prosecution

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:50am 5/23/2015 at 9:50am

This past Thursday Prosecutor Mosby announced that the Grand Jury had formally returned indictments against the six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddy Gray.

In our post that afternoon (Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments, published 5:50PM), we noted that there were some subtle differences between the charges...

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AP continues to craft inaccurate headlines

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:20pm 5/22/2015 at 4:20pm

I’ve long assumed that just about anything written by a journalist has only the most tenuous relationship to reality (see Michael Crichton’s “Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect”).

Few news agencies are as skilled at...

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Double Trouble? WA cop shoots two “unarmed” black men

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00am 5/22/2015 at 7:00am

It doesn’t look like I’m going to run out of “white cop shoots unarmed black man” stories to write about any time soon—except this time it was two black men.

As always, please note the caveat that this shooting event is still developing, and all the “facts” in my possession are sourced from “journalists” and...

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Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments

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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:50pm 5/21/2015 at 5:50pm

UPDATE: We have additional information on the specific charges specified in the Grand Jury indictments, and how they differ from the charges announced by Prosecutor Mosby on May 1.

Here’s video of Mosby’s press statement on the charges, at which she took  no questions:

Clarification on changes to “false imprisonment” charges: Below we...

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