I think that mostly everyone has read or heard about the teens of Parkland High School being denigrated for wanting gun control. Here’s a bit from an article published in The Guardian.
“And as of this weekend, this group of idealistic young people have officially become the right’s leading hate figures.
The first and most repugnant strategy was to directly attack high-profile campaigners, especially students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.
Running short of reasoned arguments, many attempted to push conservative buttons with high impact visuals. Alt-right social media company Gab was one of many that disseminated a doctored animation of Gonzalez in which she falsely appeared to be tearing up the US constitution. Cartoonist and Trump sycophant Ben Garrison depicted Hogg as an assault rifle, wielded by CNN, and loaded with Marxism. Breitbart re-published a round of tweets accusing Hogg of throwing a Nazi salute.”
A Baltimore County jury found Corporal Royce Ruby and the Baltimore County Police Department, liable for the death of Korryn and for the injuries her son, Kodi, suffered when he was shot. The jury of six women found that Ruby’s shooting of Korryn was not reasonable and therefore violated her civil rights. Interestingly, the jury reached the verdict in three hours. It is anticipated that the County will appeal the decision. The Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act (“MLGTCA”) would limit the families recovery against the county to $400,000.00; however, because Ruby was sued in his individual capacity and because the jury awarded punitive damages, which in Maryland, has an element of malice, the family is not capped at $400,000 for Ruby’s conduct and may be able to come after him for the entire amount of the judgment. It is likely, however, that the County will file a post-trial motion to reduce the judgment, prior to an appeal.
In speaking with reporters, Korryn’s mother stated:
“This win is for all of my sisters in the movement who have lost their children to police violence,” she said. “Some of them have never received justice, either criminally or civil. I just want to tell them that this win is for them.”
Outside of his family and friends, Trayvon Martin was unknown until a few days after February 26, 2012. On that evening, Trayvon Martin was the average 17-year old child of divorced parents where the father is involved in his son’s life and there is an extended family. Living in Miami Gardens, Trayvon was visiting his dad in Sanford, Florida, who was staying with his girlfriend. He went to the 7-Eleven and on his way back, was followed by a man in a truck. Trayvon was on the phone with a childhood friend named Rachel, and told her about a creepy looking guy following him. Trayvon ran. The man got out of his truck, followed Trayvon, and shot him dead.
The killing of Trayvon Martin impacted America more than the killing of some U.S. Presidents. Because of technology and the internet, people from across the globe took interest in the case. …
Back in 2013 when I was bombarded with vile, harassing comments sent to my other blog through proxy IP addresses, I learned that those sites are hosted by companies that provide server computers.
I also learned that although some promise that those using the proxy IP address service will not be traceable, that is not true. Users enter the site through an IP address that is generally the one provided by their internet service provider. Law enforcement has authority to obtain the logs that provide online fingerprints.
This case is similar where a man assumed that his use of VPN’s would hide him online as he went about violating laws.
(Boston, Ma 100617) Courtroom sketch of Ryan Lin (center) and his attorney Francis Doran (R), in the Moakley Federal Court House. Judge is David Hennessy. October 6, 2017 Sketch by Jane Flavell Collins
There was a swatting incident on December 30, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. I’ve been reporting on it on my other blog. Some of you might already know that my other blog deals solely with cyber abuse, whether harassment, stalking, swatting, threats, spoofing, or combinations.
Today after reading some articles and comments on Twitter about the most recent swatting incident, I asked myself if there is anything I could have done to make information more available; to inform the public that spill-over of internet harassment into the personal lives of target victims is dangerous. However, as with other issues, people don’t seem to take an interest unless major media reports it first or unless it happens to them. Then too, I’m only a drop of water in a vast ocean.
Swatting is a prank where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of a happening…
On October 13, 2014, a Walmart customer in Atlanta, Georgia was attacked by a security guard, accused of shoplifting. The security officer was 48-year old, off-duty Atlanta police Sargent Trevor King.
King used his department issued expandable baton hitting the customer multiple times, breaking the customer’s leg in two places. King alleged to seeing the customer, 53-year old Tyrone Carnegay, weigh a tomato then try to exit the store without paying. However, Tyrone had a receipt for the tomato in the bag.
In April 2016, Tyrone filed a lawsuit. His attorney, Craig Jones, told the NY Daily News:
“He got whacked seven or eight times across the shin and actually broke both bones, both the fibula and the tibula,” Carnegay’s lawyer, Craig Jones, told the Daily News. “This tomato not only cost him the dollar they overcharged him. It also cost him over $75,000…
Married Florida resident, Keegan Von Roberts (the “Decedent”) 22 years old, was shot to death on July 20, 2017, during an alleged fight with Michael Centanni, IV (“Centanni”). The decedent and Mr. Centanni were allegedly neighbors in Jacksonville, Florida. On October 5, 2017, the States Attorneys Office released its findings wherein it found that Mr. Centanni’s version of events were corroborated by the physical evidence.
It is alleged that Centanni taped trash to the decedents SUV and a purported note saying “Pick up your trash“. The decedent, rightfully upset by the clear unequivocal disrespectful and unneighborly note; confronted Centanni. While the two allegedly argued, Centanni allegedly used racial epithets toward the decedent, allegedly to add fuel to the intense fire he created. At some point during the argument, the decedent was shot three times by Centanni. The decedent was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives noted that they found purported drug paraphernalia in the decedent’s vehicle, however, failed to note why a search of the vehicle was necessary in the first instance, in light of the killing occurring outside of the vehicle. Interestingly, media outlets reported that neither the decedent, nor Mr. Centanni have significant criminal records, thus no media attack on the decedent’s character could materialize. As is customary when young African American males are killed either by the police or in this case by a private citizen, they are vilified for their past by mainstream media in an effort to attack the victims credibility, to bring them into disrepute and to give credence to the shooter. This is regrettable. Mr. Roberts was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, a brother-in-law, son-in-law and friend. His life mattered and the way he died was senseless, repugnant and shocking, to say the least.
Mr. Centanni will not be charged, according to news reports. The decedents family, through their attorney, John Phillips, were notified previously that no charges would be filed.
News reports stated that the family is considering bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against Centanni, however, due to the unfair and unconstitutional way that the statue is written, they may be prohibited from pursuing a cause of action for wrongful death.
Under Florida Stand Your Ground Law, a shooter claiming self-defense is immune from criminal prosecution under Florida law and cannot be arrested or detained unless police have probable cause to believe that the shooter was not acting in self-defense. After being charged, the shooter is entitled to a pre-trial immunity hearing in which a judge must make factual determinations typically left to a jury. If the shooter wins, the [case is dismissed]; if the shooter loses, the case is heard a second time, this time by a jury.
The same Florida statute also [immunizes the shooter] from all civil suits, including those brought by innocent bystanders. If a person, including an innocent bystander, does bring suit against a shooter who is immunized, that person is required to pay the shooter’s attorney’s fees and court costs and must compensate the shooter for lost income and other expenses.
This case is another of example of the flaws in the Florida Stand Your Ground Law. In Florida, unlike most other states, a shooter does not have a duty to retreat. He or she can confront the danger and use lethal force.
In Florida, the shooter has:
NO DUTY TO RETREAT ANYWHERE: NO DUTY TO RETREAT IN DEFENSE OF PROPERTY: PRESUMPTION THAT USE OF DEADLY FORCE WAS LAWFUL: IMMUNITY FROM ARREST OR PROSECUTION: IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL SUITS
Absolute immunity is somewhat unprecedented, especially without a peer determination. Even sovereign immunity is not absolute. Even the government must answer to the citizens of this country- to the victims’ peers. So how come someone unreasonable can get away with killing if even the government cannot?
SupaButterfly has not found any cases, at least filed in Federal Court in the 11th Circuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Florida civil immunity statue. Fed. Rule. Civ. P. 5.1, provides a vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of a State statue, such as the Florida Stand Your Ground Law. We are hopeful that able counsel for the decedents family will review all legal avenues, so that the ends of justice can be furthered and that this family can receive the relief they so desperately deserve. Although, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a Stand Your Ground Defense will not preclude a civil lawsuit, the statue, as written, however, awards attorneys fees, cost, lost wages and other damages to a Defendant that prevails.
May Mr. Roberts rest in peace and may his family get the justice that they so desperately deserve.
An encounter between a Howard County teenager and an off-duty Baltimore City police officer has led to a peace order against the officer.
Jawone Nicholson, 16, and a friend were waiting in a carpool area in their Columbia neighborhood Friday when a man approached them and started asking questions.
“(He was asking,) ‘Why we were here? What van were we waiting for? Did we live over here?'” Nicholson said.
Nicholson said they walked toward the man when he made a taunting statement.
“And he pulls his gun out of his jacket pocket, held it right here. It wasn’t in a holster, it was outside the holster, and me and my homeboy put our hands up and started walking through there, and I called my grandmother,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson’s mother, Erica Hamlett, then encountered the man and learned he was a police officer.
“He then hollers out “Baltimore City.’ So we are all looking at each other like, what does that mean?” Hamlett said. “And he says, ‘I’m a Baltimore City police officer.’ So still my question is, why did you pull a gun on my son?”
Howard County police officers arrived, and video shows the officers removing the gun.
The city officer is Damond Durant, who lives half a block away. In a police report, he said, “The subjects then became confrontational. He felt threatened, so he removed his concealed firearm from its holster and positioned it in the low, ready position.”
Nicholson denied being threatening or saying anything that might be seen as threatening.
Durant told Howard County police that he didn’t have time to identify himself as a police officer.
Hamlett said her son was rattled by the encounter.
“He didn’t say he witnessed them committing a crime or there was illegal activity going on. Why did you pull your gun on my son?” Hamlett said.
Nicholson provided Howard County police with a written statement. Durant refused to give one, according to the police report.
The family got a temporary peace order against Durant. They go back to court Monday.
In 2013, Durant broke a man’s jaw during an arrest, resulting in a $55,000 payment to the man by the city. Durant is assigned to the division that helps oversee the consent decree.
When Paul Lamar Hunter contacted me on Twitter, I was unfamiliar with him. He has a video on his timeline that I watched and I was impressed with his story. After getting to know more about his life and all the publications and interviews he has had, I must say that I am humbled that he introduced himself to me.
A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Paul has written a book titled, “No Love, No Charity: The Success of the 19th Child“. The book is an autobiographical account describing how he overcame overwhelming odds.
Interviewed in national magazines including Black Enterprise and Ebony, Paul is currently seeking opportunities to be interviewed on major television programs and would like to see his book turned into a movie.
Michael D. LaPorta, | James Foster/For the Sun-Times
Michael LaPorta is now 37-years old. He has been unable to walk and read since January 2010 and for a period of time, had been unable to talk. That’s because on January 12, 2010 Chicago police officer Patrick Kelly shot Michael in the back of the head.
Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly, 36-years old, was twice, formally found mentally unfit for duty. He had also been arrested twice, and accused of beating a girlfriend. Kelly had been treated for alcohol addiction. Along with this, Kelly was sued 6 times and was subject of more than two dozen investigations into his on and off-duty conduct. One investigation found that Kelly assaulted a woman sergeant. In another investigation, Kelly was accused of repeatedly using a Taser on a pregnant woman who later suffered a miscarriage. The Chicago City Council approved a $500,000 settlement with…