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War on Cops Surges in California

FrontPage Mag
October 18, 2016 | Lloyd Billingsley

Body-armored gunman attempts to assassinate two officers.

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On Sunday, October 16, in the latest in a series of attacks on police officers nationwide, an armed gunman wearing body armor attempted to assassinate two police officers in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco.

Adam Powell, a 41-year-old African American, brandished an assault rifle with a 70-round magazine and targeted the two officers at a Starbucks coffee shop. When Powell’s rifle malfunctioned and would not fire, officers gave chase and according to a police statement, the gunman “continued to manipulated the weapon and presented himself as a lethal threat to the officers.” The officers fired and struck Powell three times without killing the attacker, now in hospital.

Powell had served prison time for robbery, so he was no allowed to possess any kind of firearm. Vallejo police chief Andrew Bidou told reporters Powell had stalked the two officers, and intended to “assassinate” them. The pair, he said, were, “ambushed by a man with superior firepower.”

That same day, Powell had fled a house in Suisun City where a two-year-old was shot and critically injured. The events, Bidou told reporters, “underscore the extreme danger our officers face on a daily basis.”

Days earlier, Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, gunned down Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant Steven Owen in what police called a “calculated execution.” Owen was responding to a burglary call when Lovell, 27, shot him with a stolen gun, then stood over his body and shot the downed officer four more times.
 
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Larry Elder and Dave Rubin: Conservatives, Black Lives Matter, Racism (Full Interview)

Published on Jan 15, 2016

Larry Elder (conservative radio host) joins Dave Rubin to discuss Conservatives, Libertarians, Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, Hollywood liberal bias, and more

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Ben & Jerry’s Faces Boycott After Endorsing Black Lives Matter

Breitbart
By Jerome Hudson  |  7 Oct 2016

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Socially conscious ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s faces calls for a boycott after the company announced its support for the Black Lives Matter protest movement this week.

“Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time,” the Vermont-based company said in a statement posted on benjerry.com. “We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats.”

The company posted its support for Black Lives Matter on Facebook and Twitter.

But after backing Black Lives Matter, the online backlash against the ice cream-making duo is mounting.
 
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Michael Jordan Donates $1 Mil to Support Police… BlackLivesMatter RAGE!

Louder With Crowder
25 July 2016

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It isn’t every day that basketball legend Michael Jordan publicly shares his opinion on current events. Unlike WNBA players, his career has actually been centered on basketball. It’s hard to find time for whining in between all that superhuman slam dunking.

Suffice it to say, his recent statement on race wars and police deaths comes as a surprise to most. You know it’s bad when the guy who’s notorious for being silent speaks up…

MJ denounces both the deaths of innocent blacks and police. Donates serious cash to pro-police and pro-black groups. Wants meaningful, pro-American change. Black Lives Matter’s response? Scathing, hellfirey inferno of anger. Maybe because MJ doesn’t fit the narrative that leftists keep pushing. You know, the one that says blacks can’t be successful and friends with the police.
 
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Franklin Graham has advice for people who get stopped by police: ‘Follow their instructions!’

The Blaze
Sep. 25, 2016 11:29pm | By Chris Enloe
 
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Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of famed Christian leader Billy Graham, on Sunday weighed in on what is arguably the most controversial cultural topic in recent years — the issue of police shootings — and he didn’t mince words.

Graham said he took to Facebook to write the post because he wants “to help you survive to live another day.”

“Listen up, whites, blacks, Latinos, and everybody else. I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again,” Graham began. “If you’re stopped by law enforcement, here’s some simple advice—Follow their instructions!”

According to Graham, there’s “no question” that there are “too many avoidable shootings.” But Graham said if you happen to be stopped by law enforcement — no matter your race, the time or the place — then the best thing you can do is follow the officers’ instructions.

Just by simply following instructions, Graham said you can “greatly diminish your chances of getting shot.”
 
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How to Avoid Getting Shot by the Police

PJ Media
By Jack Dunphy   |  25 Sept  2016
 
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Break out your pencils, gentle readers, it’s time for a pop quiz. What do Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Laquan McDonald, and Paul O’Neal have in common? Yes, they are all black men who died under controversial circumstances at the hands of the police, but you get only partial credit if your answer was limited to those facts. To get full credit, you must have included the point that they all would be alive today had they merely followed the lawful directions of the police officers who were trying to arrest or detain them.

Recall that Eric Garner died of a heart attack after resisting NYPD officers’ attempts to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island; Freddie Gray died in police custody after attempting to flee from officers in Baltimore; Walter Scott was shot after running away from a traffic stop in North Charleston; Laquan McDonald was shot by one of several Chicago police officers trying to detain him over a car break-in; and Paul O’Neal was shot by a Chicago police officer while running from a stolen car, one that he had only moments before rammed into a police cruiser.

To this list we now add Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott, who last week were shot and killed by police officers in Tulsa and Charlotte, respectively. And already I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the No Justice, No Peace Hallelujah Chorus. “But Dunphy,” they cry, “you don’t get the death penalty for not listening to the police!”

Which is true, as far as it goes. But these men were not shot because they failed to follow police commands. They were shot because the police officers perceived an imminent threat of death or great bodily injury if they did not use deadly force to stop it. Whether or not those perceptions were reasonable under the law remains to be seen. To that point, Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who shot Crutcher, has already been charged with manslaughter.
 
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#BlackLivesMatter | False charges of racism, Charlotte is burning, and more

Smearing the South with false charges of racism
By James D. Agresti | 20 Sept 2016
 
Blunt accusations of racism have become a common feature of public discourse over the past few years. With this, the views of both whites and blacks about the state of race relations in America have sunk to the lowest levels they have ever been since Gallup began polling on this issue in 2001.
Beyond claims that specific individuals are “racist,” certain media outlets, activists, and politicians have leveled this charge at broad groups of Americans. For example:
• The editorial board has declared that “many” of the nation’s 900,000 “police officers see black men as expendable figures on the urban landscape, not quite human beings.”
• Hillary Clinton recently stated that “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.” She later walked this back a little by writing that she regrets saying “half.”
• The official website of #BlackLivesMatter contends that “virulent anti-Black racism … permeates our society.”
Such claims frequently conflict with documented facts about race and violence, the use of lethal force by police, and the nature of racial income disparities. Hence, false allegations of racism can often be thoughtfully dismissed by rational and informed people.
 
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Charlotte Burning
By Matthew Vadum | September 22, 2016

Soros-funded Black Lives Matter inflicts its terror in a sleepy Southern city.

Black Lives Matter rioters claiming systemic racial discrimination is killing black people have laid siege to largely black Charlotte, North Carolina, after a black cop who reports to a black police chief shot and killed a black suspect who reportedly refused to drop his handgun.
 
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#BlackLivesMatter | The REAL reason for Charlotte riots

WND
By Mychal Massie | 26 Sept 2016

Mychal Massie says ‘social injustice’ has nothing to do with the violence

 
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The smoke and stench of destruction by blacks with no sense of moral propriety rising in the air over Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, can be seen for miles. The images of the violence they have perpetrated and the appalling screeds that flowed from their mouths like a severe case of encopresis have been broadcast worldwide.
 
The abhorrent barbarism that has shaken Charlotte is being attributed to the police shooting and killing of Keith Lamont Scott. But that is the red herring used to silence truthful criticism and justify animalistic behavior. It may have been a secret to the rest of America, but it was no secret to those in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area that Scott had a two-decade-long history of gun violence, which included the shooting at police officers in Texas. But as is typical in instances like this, the most violent of offender is immediately heralded to be worthy of sainthood, their lengthy criminal histories notwithstanding.
 
The riots, which where in large part free shopping sprees, were not about justice; if they had been about justice, the rioters would have helped police get Scott off the streets long before he signed his own death warrant by disobeying commands by police to drop the gun he was brandishing. It should also be noted that Scott was breaking the law having the gun because legally he could not purchase and carry a firearm with his criminal history – which means he had to have purchased the firearm illegally from another street thug. But I digress.
 
The shooting of Scott was the excuse used to promote violence and racist vitriol by blacks. The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y.. once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” That observation segues perfectly to Moynihan’s profoundly insightful observation:

 
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Keith Scott WAS carrying a stolen gun, police say

Daily Mail
By Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:16 EST, 26 September 2016 | Updated: 22:06 EST, 26 September 2016

And his wife filed for a restraining order against him saying he was armed, violent and had threatened to kill her

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Keith Scott was carrying a stolen gun when he was shot and killed during a confrontation with police in Charlotte, North Carolina, authorities have said.
 
The gun was reported stolen after a breaking and entering, according to the police.
 
A breaking and entering suspect told agents at the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives that he had sold the gun to Scott, ABC 11 reported Monday. He is now in custody.
 
Scott’s wife Rakeyia, who filmed her husband’s killing on Tuesday, had filed for a restraining order against him and had told authorities he carried a gun, hit her as well as one of her children and had threatened to kill her, records have shown.
 
Rakeyia detailed her husband’s behavior in the filing in October last year. She said he had hit her and one of her children.
 
‘He hit my 8 year old in the head a total of three times with is [sic] fist,’ she wrote on the form published by TWC News.
 
‘He kicked me and threaten [sic] to kill us last night with his gun. He said he is a “killer” and we should know that.’

 

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