Michael Brown Shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, Negotiating Resignation

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Michael Brown Shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, Negotiating Resignation

Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown, is reportedly in talks with the Ferguson Police Department to resign. The police union believes he will not be charged for the teen’s shooting. Here’s a brief summary from CNN:

Wilson maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in the death of Brown, people close to the talks said.

Wilson has told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers. Wilson has expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.

The talks could still collapse, these people said. Wilson doesn’t know what the grand jury will do and if they return charges he could change his mind.

CBS News reported that the police union does not expect Darren Wilson to be indicted, only to deny making the comments:

The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.

Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.

“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson

Local law enforcement has asked that they be given 48 hours notice before the grand jury decision is released. The decision is expected on Friday but may not be public until Sunday to accommodate for the 48-hour request. Either way, if Darren Wilson isn’t indicted there will be hell in Ferguson. I’m just saying….

Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway

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Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway (WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

STAND YOUR GROUND:  If you weren’t concerned about Stand Your Ground laws, then you may change your mind after reading about a white Georgia homeowner, Philip Sailors, fatally shooting a Hispanic man, Rodrigo Diaz, who was simply turning in his driveway.  Philip Sailors got no jail time, just probation and he didn’t even apologize to the family of the slain man.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– A Gwinnett County man accepted a plea deal Monday for the fatal shooting of a man, who mistakenly pulled into the wrong driveway.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh was in the courtroom as Philip Sailors plead to the misdemeanor charge for the January 2013 shooting in Lilburn.

Channel 2 Action News broke the news Friday about the plea deal which reduced a murder charge to the misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter and spared the homeowner any jail time.

People Kavanaugh spoke with were surprised that Sailors made no statement and offered no apology to the victim’s family during the hearing.

Rodrigo Diaz, the victim’s father, told Kavanaugh in Spanish he wasn’t expecting anything today.

Investigators say GPS misguided Rodrigo Diaz to the wrong house that night. Diaz was trying to get to the home across the street so he could pick up a friend to go roller-skating. When Sailors saw the strange car, he came out shooting. He fired once into the air.

Investigators say the second shot went through the window and struck Diaz in the head.
With his guilty plea Sailors will serve 12-months’ probation and pay a $500 fine.

[…] After the hearing, Diaz’s father, Rodrigo Diaz Senior. told Kavanaugh that Sailors could have received a stronger punishment, but he believed that would only end up destroying two families.

Here’s more on Philip Sailors’ slap on the wrist:

Report: Michael Brown Shooting Occurred in Less Than 90 Seconds

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Report: Michael Brown Shooting Occurred in Less Than 90 Seconds

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson’s encounter with teen Michael Brown lasted less that 90 seconds. There was also video footage of Darren Wilson leaving the police station en route to a local hospital two hours after he gunned down the teen, who was a suspect in a strong arm robbery at a convenience store.

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

At 11:53 a.m., a dispatcher reported a “stealing in progress” at the Ferguson Market. The 911 operator was still talking to the caller in the background. In a second broadcast, 19 seconds later, the dispatcher says the suspect is a black male in a white T-shirt running toward QuikTrip,and had stolen a box of Swisher cigars.

About four minutes later, there’s more detail: the suspect is wearing a red Cardinals hat, a white T-shirt, yellow socks and khaki shorts, and is accompanied by another man.

At noon, Wilson reports that he’s back in service from the sick-baby call. He then asks the officers searching for the thieves – units 25 and 22 – if they need him. Seven seconds later, an unidentified officer broadcasts that the suspects had disappeared.

At 12:02 p.m., Wilson says, “21. Put me on Canfield with two. And send me another car.” His call triggered at least two officers to head his way, including one who said he was close to Wilson.

Ferguson, Mo., police chief says if Darren Wilson is not indicted for Michael Brown’s shooting death, he will immediately return to active duty.

Gov. Nixon: Grand Jury Decision Expected Mid-to-Late November in Michael Brown Shooting

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Gov. Nixon: Grand Jury Decision Expected Mid-to-Late November in Michael Brown Shooting

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case by white officer Darren Wilson is expected in mid-to-late November. He said the National Guard is a part of the contingency plan to deal with any violence should the grand jury decide not to recommend charges against Wilson.

Nixon said 1,000 officers who will respond in Ferguson have undergone 5,000 hours of additional training.

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.

 

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.”

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:

Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

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Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

The Georgia Democratic Party mailed early voting flyers playing on the Ferguson unrest stemming from the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. The flyer reads: “If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change. The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great.”

It’t troublesome to invoke the Ferguson unrests in the voting process, particularly since the grand jury is still deliberating whether or not Darren Wilson will be charged. Yes, there are a myriad of problems confronting the black community, but why not stick to the issues we are grappling with in the state of Georgia, such as the high unemployment rate?

Still, we know there’s another reason for stirring up the hornet’s nest — Democrats expect to be shellacked in the midterm elections unless the black voter turnout is very large.

Separately, a mysterious flyer, that includes lynching imagery, has been circulating in North Carolina saying if Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t win reelection, President Obama’s impeachment will begin. The flyer said it is paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County, Fayetteville Observer reports.

Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Jordan Davis Murder

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Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Jordan Davis Murder (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

#BREAKING:  Michael Dunn sentenced to life in prison without parole for first degree murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis in loud music case. He was also sentenced to 105 years for four lesser charges, including attempted murder and firing into a vehicle. The judge told Dunn that his life is “effectively over.”

Police: Gunshot Residue, Ballistics Evidence Show Vonderrit Myers Jr. Fired at Cop

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Police: Gunshot Residue, Ballistics Evidence Show Vonderrit Myers Jr. Fired at Cop

The police say gunshot residue and ballistics evidence shows 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. fired at St. Louis officer during a “physical altercation” before he was fatally shot near Shaw Boulevard. The teen’s family claims he was unarmed and out buying a sandwich when an officer accosted them during a “pedestrian check.”

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

Although police officials have already said that Myers fired at least three shots at an off-duty police officer before the officer returned fire, the newly released evidence could further dispel claims by friends and family that Myers was holding a sandwich, not a gun, when he was shot. The officer, who has not been named, was working for a private security company in the Shaw neighborhood.

Myers’ Oct. 8 death sparked protests in Shaw and fueled area-wide protests resulting from the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The Missouri Highway Patrol analysis found gunshot residue on Myers’ hands, on his shirt and inside the waistband and pockets of his jeans. Police said that although gunshot residue can be present on anyone near a shooting, the results show levels consistent with Myers being the shooter, because the police officer was standing too far away.

Ballistics evidence also revealed three bullets that hit the ground where the officer was trying to take cover matched Myers’ gun. A round found inside a car behind the officer was too badly damaged to be able to to match it to his gun, however, it did not match the type of bullets the officer fired, police said.

Fox2Now obtained photographs of Vonderrit Myers Jr. showing off his handguns on social media just before the shooting. That page has since been taken down. Myers had three handguns in his lap, including a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic.

Some people have drawn parallels between Michael Brown’s shooting by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and Vonderrit Myers Jr.’s shooting but there are distinct differences. The biggest difference is that Michael Brown was unarmed.

Here’s the press release from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department:

Vonderrit Myers Jr. with guns on social media: