Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting

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Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Gun sales spike in Ferguson as residents brace for the grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting by Officer Darren Wilson.  It isn’t just whites who are arming themselves more, but black residents are too.

On Monday, Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies told CNN that customers bought 100 guns this weekend. A typical weekend brings in about 30 buyers.

“People are afraid they are gonna throw Molotov cocktails,” says King, referring to the mostly nonviolent protests that have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting.

The increase in gun sales reaches across racial and ethnic lines, he says.

“A lot of black people coming in saying they are afraid of the hooliganism,” he says.

“But not all of Ferguson is hooliganish. The media portrays us that way. If the world can just see this is one little street in Ferguson going crazy, they’d understand that we’re not just one big burning city.”

At Metro Shooting Range in nearby Bridgeton, Missouri, manager John Stephenson says gun sales are up 40 to 50% as of last week.

And lots of folks are coming in to the gun range for training, which he says is important for new gun owners.


US Army: ‘Negro’ is Still an Acceptable Description for Black Soldiers

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US Army: ‘Negro’ is Still an Acceptable Description for Black Soldiers

Jesus take the wheel:  The U.S. Army says the word “negro” is still an acceptable description for black soldiers. This is just plain ridiculous.

The Army’s retro policy was spelled out as recently as Oct. 22, the date of a recent command update. The regulations contain a clause that says Negro is an acceptable term for “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.”

The same regulations also give the OK to use “Haitian” in addition to the more common “black” or “African-American.”

The section was “outdated currently under review, and will be updated shortly,” an Army spokesman said Wednesday after CNN first reported on its terminology. Source: NY Daily News

UPDATE #1 11-07-14: Less than 24 hours after it came to light, the Army has removed the word “negro” from its regulation governing the policies and responsibilities of command. — USA TODAY

Utah Officers Cleared Of Criminal Wrongdoing for Darrien Hunt Shooting Death

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Utah Officers Cleared Of Criminal Wrongdoing for Darrien Hunt Shooting Death (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Two Utah police officers were cleared of criminal charges for shooting Darrien Hunt, who is biracial, six times as he fled. He was reportedly wielding a samurai sword.

More from The Los Angeles Times [H/T Crooks & Liars]:

A prosecutor cleared two Utah police officers of criminal charges in the killing of a young black man wielding a samurai sword, saying Monday the shooting was justified because the man had swung the sword at the officers.

Two Saratoga Springs police officers fired a total of seven shots, Utah County Attorney Jeff R. Buhman told reporters, hitting Darrien Hunt, 22, six times — at least once in the back as he ran away. Buhman’s office investigated the Sept. 10 incident for nearly two months.

Buhman told reporters in a televised news conference that the officers had stopped to talk to Hunt, who was carrying the sword in public — which is not a crime in Utah — and that Hunt lunged “abruptly and without apparent provocation.”

Really? How many eyewitnesses can corroborate that?

The officers opened fire and may have wounded Hunt, who fled with the officers in pursuit. One of them, Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer, shot Hunt from behind because he feared that Hunt would attack other people, Buhman said.

But he didn’t attack anyone else. Here’s what Darrien Hunt’s family had to say:

“All along, we were praying the [prosecutor’s] office would show some integrity and honesty in the case, and apparently they chose not to,” Hunt’s aunt, Cindy Moss, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting, the corruption that’s in that county and city. I guess it’ll all come out in court.”

Kenneth Tate, Guard Fired After Obama CDC Visit, Says “This is a Nightmare”

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Kenneth Tate, Guard Fired After Obama CDC Visit, Says “This is a Nightmare” (Photo Credit: CDC.Gov)

Kenneth Tate, the guard who was fired after taking a photograph at President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “this is a nightmare.” One has to ask if he is being thrown under the bus so the Secret Service, which has a spotty record at protecting the president, can save face? Tate was assigned to accompany the president during the visit, the New York Times reports.

Here’s more from USA Today:

An investigation conducted shortly after the president’s visit revealed that Tate was carrying a CDC-issued firearm, a violation of Secret Service protocols — and a security lapse that the agency’s director at the time, Julia Pierson, never mentioned to the White House, the paper adds.

The Washington Post initially reported that Tate had been convicted of crimes, but subsequently corrected the claim.

Tate was fired about a week after the incident. Tate says he was following protocol by carrying a weapon and his job that day was to run the service elevator for the president.

The incident at the CDC later added to a growing debate over whether the Secret Service was failing in its basic duties.

Pierson resigned. Tate, who says he has not found another job, believes he is the real victim. He says he tried to get the cell phone photo of the president later on, outside the CDC.

“I was shocked, I was trying to find out what was the problem, what was the issue,” Tate said. “I didn’t have anything and the detail was completed. All this stuff was out there that I was out there trying to take pictures and record them. That stuff never happened.”

Tate says he was reprimanded by the Secret Service for taking photos of the president and being too close to the motorcade, but at the time he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong. His former employer, Professional Security Corporation, didn’t report 11Alive’s phone calls, but is quoted in the New York Times article as saying Tate’s description of the day’s events is inaccurate.

The U.S. Secret Service has a huge credibility issue with several incidents, including the prostitution dustup in South America, White House fence jumper entering the residence, and so on.

A Secret Service official said the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security was investigating the incident, the Times reported.

Clayton County Investigator David Daniel to Resign Over Racist Facebook Post

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Clayton County Investigator David Daniel to Resign Over Racist Facebook Post

Clayton County investigator David Daniel will resign over a racially derogatory comment he made in a Facebook post involving the shooting of 1-year-old Rodrickus Robinson who was struck by a stray bullet in the parking lot of an Atlanta apartment complex Saturday night.

Daniel wrote that “violence with guns is unfortunately a part of the black culture and will never get better until the government stops supporting them and they are taught to work for what they get and not take from others.”

Rodrickus Robinson is currently hospitalized after he was shot in the arm. He is in danger of losing the arm and faces a second surgery.  Investigators believe Robinson was caught in the crossfire when a group of men starting shooting at each other in the parking lot of the Forest Cove Apartments on New Town Circle. Levar Antwan Reed was arrested on Monday. Police are looking for more suspects.

David Daniel took down the offensive post. He offered an explanation in a second post:  “Welfare was first created to assist families in need but has developed into a long-term income. Those that have no ambition to do any better for themselves and end up in neighborhoods where this sort of behavior is all too common. I am glad the child did not end up a fatality and a statistic.”

Here’s David Daniel’s offensive Facebook post:

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DA Investigator David Daniel to Resign Over “Racially Derogatory” Post

More from WSB-TV about David Daniel’s offensive comments:

Fulton County Judge Declines to Intervene in Georgia Missing Voters Lawsuit

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Fulton County Judge Declines to Intervene in Georgia Missing Voters Lawsuit

GEORGIA VOTER SUPPRESSION:  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher decided not to intervene on behalf of 40,000 newly registered voters who seemed to be lost in the system.

The missing voters lawsuit, which was filed by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights earlier this month, is a win for Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Yep, one week from the November 4 elections.

Here’s the essence of Judge Brasher’s ruling and why it’s a win for Brian Kemp (a win with repercussions):

In this case…the Petitioners have failed to set out a denial of the performance of a clear legal duty which performance has been denied. Instead, they have merely set out suspicions and fears that the Respondents will fail to carry out their mandatory duties.

The Petitioners have failed to allege, much less show, the counties’ registrars past or continuedfailure to process voter registration applications. The Petitioners assume that no Respondent is carrying out its mandatory duty because the Petitioners do not see a small sample of new voters’ names appearing on certain lists. This assumption is not appropriate, is entirely devoid of evidentiary support, and cannot be used as a legal basis for the grant of a writ of mandamus. …

Likewise, the Petitioners have failed to allege, much less show, the Secretary of State’s past or continued failure to place eligible voters’ names on the State’s voter rolls. As with the County election registrars, the Petitioners ask this Court to presume that the Secretary has failed to carry out this mandatory duty because the Petitioners do not see new names appearing on the state-wide elector list.’ Yet once again, the Petitioners have failed to come forward with evidence showing that the Secretary of State has failed to carry out this duty, or even that this duty is ripe, since it can only be carried out after the various counties’ election registrars register an eligible voter.

Not only is there no proof that the Respondents have failed to fulfill their duties, but there is also affirmative proof to the contrary. The Secretary of State and the county registrars have supplied evidence in their responsive pleadings, in their motions to dismiss, and at the hearing on this matter that they have fulfilled, and that they are continuing to fulfill, their mandatory statutory duties regarding newly-registered voters. CLICK HERE TO READ THE RULING

Nathan Deal and David Perdue must be happy they have 40,000 less voters to worry about…..

Hermain Cain: Half Black Voters in Georgia are “Clueless”

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Hermain Cain: Half Black Voters in Georgia are “Clueless” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Mr. 9-9-9 Hermain Cain was asked about what effect the Ferguson unrest over Michael Brown’s shooting death would have on the black vote in Georgia and his response is interesting. He said half the black voters of Georgia are “clueless.” Um, I wish he would declare his 2016 presidential bid and come crawling to the same “clueless” black voters for support.

Many of my listeners are from Georgia, and I do have a lot of black listeners to my radio show. The good news is, a lot of black people are not that stupid, or they are not that ignorant to respond to something like that. It’s not 40 or 50% of the black population, because 40 or 50% probably are clueless other than party name and candidate.”

It turns out, Herman Cain also believes a black voters are being “brainwashed,” Crooks & Liars reports. Um, he can’t have it both ways. Are they clueless or brainwashed?

Bill Maher: Michael Brown “Was Acting Like a Thug, Not a Gentle Giant”

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Bill Maher: Michael Brown “Was Acting Like a Thug, Not a Gentle Giant”

Real Time” host Bill Maher says Michael Brown “was acting like a thug, not a gentle giant,” when he was gunned down by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson following a strong arm robbery at a 7-11 convenience store.

BILL MAHER: You know what else I find disturbing is that everybody in America just sides with their own people and doesn’t look at the facts. The cops, I saw on the news a couple of weeks ago, were wearing bracelets or something that said, “I am Darren Wilson.” Why do you want to throw your lot in with this plain murderer?

And Michael Brown’s people. I’m sorry, but Michael Brown’s people say he is a gentle giant. Well, we saw of when he was in that 7-11. No, he wasn’t a gentle giant. He was committing a robbery and he pushed that guy. He was acting like a thug, not a gentle giant. He certainly didn’t deserve to be shot for it. (HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, October 24, 2014) Source: Real Clear Politics

My position is that if Michael Brown struck Officer Wilson, he was wrong and should have been thrown in jail for assault. The question I have is why did Officer Wilson feel he had to fire so many times when he was clearly unarmed? Sounds like Bill Maher will tick off Michael Brown supporters, but that convenience store video doesn’t match the “gentle giant” image his family is painting.

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress (Photo Credit: Gotham video screengrab)

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s stuntowman, Kelsee Devoreaux,  is putting “Gotham” on blast for using blackface on a white actress for an episode. I guess I would be pissed too, considering there are black stuntwomen out there that the show could have used.

More from RadarOnline:

Eagerly anticipated FOX TV show Gotham debuted to strong ratings and critical acclaim earlier this fall. But now, has learned, the primetime drama is coming under heavy criticism — and even accusations of racism — after a white actress’ face was reportedly painted black so she could double for an African-American actress. On the heels of the scandal, Jada Pinkett Smith’s stuntwoman is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the sticky situation — and why she says it still has not been resolved.

Earlier this month, Deadline published an explosive article slamming the show for the cover-up, and the WB later apologized. “A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

Kelsee Devoreaux, longtime stuntwoman for Pinkett Smith, who plays the character Fish Mooney on Gotham, says the scandal was even more unnerving because she had been explicitly told there was no stunt work for Smith’s character.

Radar has learned that Devoreaux contacted the show’s stunt coordinator in March offering her services, and was told Smith’s character did not need any stunt doubles. According to Devoreaux’s IMDB page, she stood in for the star in Hawthorne, Terminator Salvation, Lincoln Heights, The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, and more, before being snubbed by the show.

“This did happen and it will not and should not ever be tolerated, especially in today’s age. This is 2014 and it is not acceptable,” she says.

What’s more, she claims, “Jada definitely knows about this,” although it is not certain that it was Pinkett Smith’s stunt person that was painted black by the stunt-coordinator for the show.

When Radar contacted SAG about the incident, they claim that “the circumstance has been resolved.”

However, Devoreax claims otherwise.

“This situation has not been resolved,” she tells Radar, adding, “The stunt-coordinator who may have been responsible for this is still working on the show!”

“If being resolved means the person responsible for this has not been fired, than nothing has been resolved,” she continues.

Deveroux also claims to know the stunt double whose face was painted black by Gotham’s stunt coordinator.

“She was so freaked out and uncomfortable by this situation, that she contacted SAG immediately,” Deveroux says.

Following the incident a spokesperson for the union also told Deadline, “Thus far, no one working on this production has brought this to our attention so we have no comment on this specific allegation.”

A SAG rep insisted to Radar, “With respect to this issue in general, the relevant SAG-AFTRA contract is clear: the practice known as “painting down” is presumptively improper. It further states that when the stunt performer doubles for a role which is identifiable as Black/African American and the race of the double is also identifiable, stunt coordinators shall endeavor to cast qualified persons of the same sex and/or race involved. In other words: the practice of “painting down” is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work.”

Indeed, Devoreaux says she explicitly contacted the show for that reason.

“There is simply no excuse when all casting directors and stunt coordinators need to do is reach out to the union so we can help them identify people who can compete for these opportunities,” the SAG rep continued. “Each and every day we consult with industry professionals to ensure that they are able to access the pool of diverse talent around the country to meet their casting needs—from our own searchable database of union members to referrals to outside organizations to crafting an inclusive job notice to encourage appropriate candidates to apply.

Report: Michael Brown Struggled with Darren Wilson Before Fatal Shooting

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Report: Michael Brown Struggled with Darren Wilson Before Fatal Shooting

The official autopsy report shows teen Michael Brown had a struggle with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, that eventually led to his murder.  The official autopsy conflicts with the independent autopsy the family had done. Dr. Michael Baden said it doesn’t appear that the shots were fired at close range. It will be interesting to read the results of the Department of Justice-ordered autopsy report.

Here’s more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana. Those documents, prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner and obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most detailed description to date of the wounds Brown sustained in a confrontation Aug. 9 with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

This comes as Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony was leaked. Perhaps the leaks are to soften the blow of the possible decision not to file charges against the officer. Or it’s to create a version of the story that whites are comfortable with. Um, so Officer Wilson tussled with Michael Brown, shot him in the squad car and then followed him when he ran away. Clearly his life wasn’t in danger when he followed the teen. Why didn’t he call for back-up?

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun. Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.

She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

So, let’s say Michael Brown did charge Officer Wilson and was very aggressive, does it warrant shooting him multiple times, even when he was already seriously wounded?

The Justice Department is understandably quite upset about the leaks:

Wth a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks.

New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days.

The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”


A Justice Department spokeswoman responded in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”

The reference to the convenience-store footage alluded to a video released by Ferguson police on the same day they disclosed Wilson’s identity. The video showed Brown apparently intimidating a store clerk shortly before the shooting.

Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American, a newspaper for black audiences, said law enforcement officials had offered him the leaks, saying “they had been briefed on the evidence and it didn’t look good for Michael Brown supporters,” but he declined and decried “third-party hearsay” in an editorial for the paper.

“Tensions are so high that preparations for riots, if Wilson walks free, are discussed in sober terms in local and national media and on street corners,” the American said in its editorial. “The editors of these powerful publications have shown a lapse in judgment and ethics that is not only shameful, but actually dangerous. We declare a mistrial in the court of public opinion.”