I Watched the January 6 Hearing

 

The videos presented were disturbing. I’ve seen violence on the streets. Violence that involved children, adults, and I’ve seen death that came for those that were on a headlong rush to oblivion, and I’ve seen death come for those that never expected it. I watched the videos from the January 6 riot, and nobody is more grateful than I am that people find them disturbing.

I watched them through the lens of a former police officer and I saw a police force that was totally unprepared for what happened on January 6. That will not be discussed in this Congressional hearing. I’m not moved by the tears from those in Congress that never spoke-up during the 150 nights of rioting in Portland, or any other city in America.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Robert Woodson, Sr., founder and president of the Woodson Center that supports neighborhood-based initiatives to revitalize low-income communities, as well as author and editor of the May 2021 book, Red, White, and Black. Woodson shares his background in civil rights advocacy, serving low-income neighborhoods fighting crime, educational inequity, and racial discord, including his involvement with the Urban League in the 1970s during Boston’s busing crisis. He offers thoughts on race relations in America after the murder of George Floyd, the call for defunding the police, and the ongoing struggles to reform the country’s larger urban school districts.

They then turn to the 1776 Unites project, which he launched to counter the 1619 Project, to take a balanced approach to K-12 American history instruction. He describes the main arguments from his new book, and reactions since its publication, as well as the challenges of being a right-leaning public intellectual, and the importance of having open discussions about race and policy that are informed by differing points of view.

Police Reform Passed in Washington State

 

The last legislative session in Olympia passed a package of “police reform” measures, supposedly designed to “undo racial inequity” in policing in the state. The effects of this reform package can be easily predicted. The article at KOMO today lists some of the changes to law enforcement in the State of Washington.

The laws constitute what is likely the nation’s most ambitious police reform legislation. Supporters said they would help undo racial inequity in the justice system — “a mandate from the people to stop cops from violating our rights and killing people,” said Sakara Remmu, of the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance.

From The Police Blotter: DC Police Chief Tells The Truth

 

The justice system is broken. There are a lot of experts out there on policing, and some of them have no clue about policing. Police officers are opting for early retirement, and some are just resigning.

Regardless of what you might be hearing from the White House, mayors, and city council members crime rates are soaring. The failure to set bail, or to sentence violent offenders, the seeds of the whirlwind are being sown.

Four martinis for the price of three today! First, Jim and Greg are thrilled to know their vision for Disney CTU is now a reality. They also cheer the Senate for passing legislation banning imports likely produced through slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Province. Then they hammer the Black Lives Matter Organization for defending the communist regime in Cuba, blaming the U.S. embargo for the misery there, and praising the Cuban government for giving asylum to an American cop killer. Finally, they react to the American Booksellers Association apologizing for including a “violent” book in its recent mailing – because it urges parents to be wary of the transgender movement.

From The Police Blotter: I Know You’re Lying, And So Do You

 

I have to be careful not to use locker room language. Or the roll call rolling of eyes when some political hack from the mayor’s office had a special request for some warm and fuzzy policing. It was always a special moment when some suit, whether it was a politician, or in today’s world, a lecture from some attorney from the DOJ, who attended roll call.

They are not the only experts on working the streets. There are media types who have never spent any time riding with a cop. They all have one thing in common. I don’t remember them helping me in a wrestling match, or in a fight at 0200 hours on the street. I don’t remember them being with me when someone was spitting on me or trying to bite me while making an arrest.

Minnesota Judge Orders Minneapolis to Hire More Cops

 

I came across a story at the Epoch Times (here) reporting that a Minnesota judge had ordered the City of Minneapolis to hire more police officers.  Initially, this struck me as judicial overreach, as this is not the sort of decision typically within the scope of the judicial power.

So I read the decision itself (here), just entered yesterday, and it looks correct to me.  It turns out that the Minneapolis City Charter requires the City to have “a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident.”

Portland Police Officer Shooting

 

A Portland police officer, an 18 year veteran of police work, shot and killed a man that threatened him with a modified screwdriver.

There is of course some outrage, after all it’s Portland, coming from a city council member. Portland officers don’t wear bodycams because the Bureau doesn’t have the money to purchase them. Why is that, you might ask. Because their budget has been cut. There is, however, a short video from a nearby security camera.

Who Killed Ashli Babbitt, and Why?

 

Greetings, Ricochetti. With apologies for my long absence from the site, I return today to bring your attention to a piece I’ve written for The Pipeline, “Who Killed Ashli Babbitt?” You’ll recall that Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer during the so-called insurrection of Jan. 6. She was unarmed and did not appear to pose a threat to anyone at the time she was shot.

In a time when police shootings far more justifiable than this one are endlessly scrutinized in the press, how is it that Babbitt’s death has escaped even a fraction of the coverage devoted to other police killings? Here’s a sample from the piece:

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The Austin Police Department has released the two suspects whom they arrested earlier and are now seeking a third person in the mass shooting in Austin last week: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/6th-street-shooting-district-attorney-apd-interim-chief-give-updates-at-11-a-m/ Preview Open

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The Backstory on the Portland Police RRT Mass Resignation

 

The Rapid Response Team of the Portland Police Bureau has endured over 150 nights of rioting. Not protests, riots. Riots that have not only destroyed the city’s reputation but have physically destroyed different neighborhoods in the city. Almost every member of the team has sustained injuries. Channel 2 News released a 14-point memo sent to the PPB Chief:

At the top of the list, Clark said nearly every team member had been injured during the protests last year.

Chaos in Austin: Update

 

Some updates on the mass shooting in Austin that I reported on earlier. Sadly, one of the victims, a visitor from Michigan, has died. Another woman remains in critical condition.

Two arrests have been made. Oddly enough, the 17-year-old arrested appears to exactly match the “vague” description provided by the police that the UT Football News refused to publish “as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes.”

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I know some people do not like Mitch McConnell, but you should thank him, at the very least for keeping Merrick Garland off the Supreme Court. He’s nothing more than a mediocre jurist. A political hack, and the poster boy for judicial mediocrity. Of course any jurist that is praised by Chuck Schumer should be […]

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So you thought the PIT on Ricochet was reckless?  It turns out there are worse PITs. I saw an article on reason.com that linked to this original story.  Arkansas State Troopers are increasingly using a tactic called PIT, for Precision Immobilization Technique.  It could be debatable  whether or not “precision” is an accurate descriptor.  The […]

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Secoriea Turner’s Parents Sue Atlanta Police Chief, Mayor, and Others

 

Last July 4, eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed as she rode in the back seat of a car with her mother, Charmaine Turner, and Omar Ivery. Their vehicle was shot at because they had made a wrong turn and found themselves near a then burned down Wendy’s restaurant, the sight of the police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks a few weeks earlier. In the intervening weeks, the Wendy’s had become the focal point of protests over Brooks’ death and the site of several violent acts, including the burning down of the restaurant. Armed individuals had set up a roadblock and had effective control of the area. This is the location young Secoriea and her family found themselves on that fateful July evening.

Other factors leading up to Turner’s murder include the firing of Officer Garrett Rolfe, the officer involved in the 6/12/20 shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, and murder charges being filed against Rolfe by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. Howard was in a tight reelection campaign (which he later lost), and many thought the quick filing of charges against Rolfe was more political than a decision based on the evidence. Rolfe has later been reinstated to the force, but his murder trial is still pending.

Additionally, Atlanta Chief of Police Erika Shields resigned on June 13, 2020, with groups like the NAACP calling for her resignation in the wake of the Brooks shooting death. Shields was popular among Atlanta’s police officers. Earlier in June, six Atlanta Police Department officers were charged by District Attorney Howard with excessive force after tazing two college students who had violated Atlanta’s curfew. The curfew was put in place by Mayor Bottoms after several days of protests, looting, and destruction of property.