Posts Tagged ‘murder’

Self Defence

March 6, 2010

Sadly, there are people who will argue that you have no right to defend your life and property. They claim to be peaceful people but in New York if you were to walk around with a tool capable of helping you protect yourself they would immediately call a man with a gun to come and threaten your life. See, the do-gooders don’t directly assault your right to self-defence they use government to do the job so that they can pretend to be peaceable. When you take the tools of self defence away from the law abiding citizens, you make possible the attacks of criminals.

What New York needs is Warren Redlich as governor. Without waffling, Warren, answers the Gun Rights Questionnaire. You can get his answers here. I’d like to see a governor of New York who actually follows Law, I don’t need a ‘leader’.

H/T Rich Cooper

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The War on Drugs II

February 25, 2010

The Tompkins County District Attorney, Gwen Wilkinson, promises transparency in the investigation of the killing of Shawn Greenwood. Then goes on to say in the Ithaca Journal story:

“This investigation will likely end up as a grand jury presentation,” Wilkinson said. “It would be inappropriate for me to taint that process by sharing a lot of details. But I am going to share with you what I can.”

Which is to say, ‘I’ll tell you things I want to tell you but you’ll only get details if there is an indictment and trial’. This will always be the problem when the government is left to investigate its own actions. Grand juries need independence from the District Attorney. Will the grand jury be allowed to report their findings:

  § 190.25 Grand jury; proceedings and operation in general.
    4. (a) Grand jury proceedings are secret, and no grand juror, or other
  person  specified in subdivision three of this section or section 215.70
  of the penal law, may, except in the lawful discharge of his  duties  or
  upon written order of the court, disclose the nature or substance of any
  grand  jury testimony, evidence, or any decision, result or other matter
  attending a grand jury proceeding. For  the  purpose  of  assisting  the
  grand jury in conducting its investigation, evidence obtained by a grand
  jury  may be independently examined by the district attorney, members of
  his staff, police officers specifically assigned to  the  investigation,
  and  such  other  persons  as the court may specifically authorize. Such
  evidence may not be disclosed to other persons without  a  court  order.
  Nothing  contained  herein  shall prohibit a witness from disclosing his
  own testimony.

    6. The legal advisors of the grand jury are the court and the district
  attorney,  and  the grand jury may not seek or receive legal advice from
  any other source. Where necessary  or  appropriate,  the  court  or  the
  district  attorney, or both, must instruct the grand jury concerning the
  law with respect to its  duties  or  any  matter  before  it,  and  such
  instructions must be recorded in the minutes.

That pretty well tells you that the grand jury is just another organ of the state. The purpose of a grand jury is to investigate corrupt government officials as well as standing guard over the People’s right not to be railroaded into court proceedings.

There is a piece in the article that brings to mind a very important point:

In clothing marked with police insignia and badges clearly displayed, the officers approached Greenwood’s van, which was parked but running in a parking spot in front of the liquor store entrance, Wilkinson said. When they identified themselves and tried to persuade him to exit the van, Greenwood resisted arrest, drove over a curb and hit a Dryden police officer with the front of his van. The officer was thrown onto the van hood, then off the hood a few feet onto the grass in front of the van, she said. Officers on both sides of the van screamed for Greenwood to stop as he continued to accelerate toward the downed officer.

The front of the van apparently went over the officer, and Bangs fired his service pistol at Greenwood, Wilkinson said. The incident took about three seconds, and though reports vary, Bangs may have fired three rounds, she added.

“At that moment in time, Sgt. Bangs had to make a decision about the employment of lethal force,” she said. “He made his decision, he discharged his service weapon, and Mr. Greenwood was struck by bullets.” The shooting followed officers’ attempts to pull Greenwood from the vehicle and Taser him, she added.

Now it may just be a reporting style but most people will report an incident in chronological order. I’d really like to here the details of this Taser attempt. Without the details I have to wonder if the victim was in fact shot with the Taser. If he was shot with the Taser he might not be responsible for the accelerating vehicle. I don’t like speculating. We need facts.

The War on Drugs

February 24, 2010

The Ithaca Journal report doesn’t mention whether any drugs were harmed in Ithaca on Tuesday, but one life was lost and many others damaged.  When police attempted to serve a search warrant, Shawn Greenwood tried to flee the scene. It appears that an officer stood or got into the path of Greenwood’s car and was knocked down. Another officer or possibly more fired into the car killing Greenwood.

Ithaca police officers, Dryden Police officers and Tompkins County sheriff’s deputies working with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team were trying to serve a search warrant on the man’s car in the grocery parking lot about 5 p.m., Ithaca police officials said.

The officers had a search warrant on the car. This calls into question why they chose that time and place to execute the warrant. The answer would likely be they wanted Greenwood also.

When they approached the man’s car, indentified themselves and attempted to arrest him, he “physically resisted arrest and drove the vehicle over a curb, striking a police officer with the front of his vehicle,” according to a statement from Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.

Did they have an arrest warrant for Greenwood? I’ll guess here that they wanted him in the car so that they could attach possession to him for anything they found in the car.

The officer fell to the ground directly in the path of the vehicle, which continued to accelerate toward him, and acting upon belief that the police officer’s life was in danger, an Ithaca police officer fired his weapon. The suspect was struck by one or more rounds, according to the statement.

Now when it comes to stopping cars standing in front of it is not the smartest way to go. Shooting the driver of a car that is about to run over someone standing in front of it might stop the operator from breathing but you’re left with an uncontrolled car.

The comments section of the Ithaca Journal story has quickly filled with a battle between “Law and Order” types and “Race Card” users. The  “Law and Order” types won’t stop for a second to see the irrationality of the war on drugs. While I have no idea of the racial feelings of the officers involved, the “War on Drugs” is without a doubt an assault on young black men.

In the end we have one man dead with a family and friends in mourning; police officers dealing with the repercussions of their actions; a divided community pointing fingers and taxpayers picking up the tab for the fallout, all because government declares what you may or may not put in your body even though you harm no one in the process.

The “War on Drugs” is a war that will never be won and causes more damage than the drugs themselves. Let’s end it.

New York State Kills 13 In Binghamton

April 7, 2009

My letter to my members of the New York legislature:

I am writing in regard to the tragic event in Binghamton where 13 people were killed by a troubled man. It is a very sad event and I empathize with the families of those taken prematurely from their lives. I also have feelings of anger with the State of New York which has stripped from the people the ability to defend themselves to the best of their ability. Restricting the right to bear arms has not made people safer, to the contrary it has made them less safe.

The State leaves to the people of New York the options of fleeing for safety or dialing 911 and waiting. In this case both options proved useless to the victims. The murderer blocked off the option to flee, trapping his victims in the building. Calling for police in the best case will take a couple of minutes to get a responding officer. A couple of minutes doesn’t sound like much unless you stop to calculate how much mayhem can occur in that time span. I’ll leave that calculation to your imagination, but it does not necessarily have to include the use of guns.

In another State where there is little impediment to law-abiding citizens carrying defensive weapons, the people have another option for protecting themselves and their fellow citizens. There are many examples of situations that begin like that horrifying day in Binghamton. These events end very differently when one of the potential victims is prepared and able to defend him/herself and others by directly stopping the perpetrator. These events produce fewer victims and therefore fewer headlines.

Gun violence is produced by criminals, by nature criminals are not inclined to obey gun restrictions. That leaves law abiding citizens obeying firearm restrictions, at their own peril. The legislature of New York is responsible for this outrageous event which could have been stopped at the outset by one responsible armed citizen. It is time to allow the people of New York to take responsibility for themselves, their families and their neighbors. It is clear that the State cannot be everywhere all the time, nor should it be.

                 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
                                ARTICLE XII

                                    Defense

    Section 1. The defense and protection of the state and of the United
  States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature
  shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance
  and regulation of an organized militia.

The people of New York are the militia. The legislature has not regulated but has disarmed the militia. The legislature abdicated its obligation to maintain the militia. The people of New York are suffering the consequences of misguided legislation. Firearms are tools, in the hands of a criminal they represent danger, in the hands of law-abiding citizens they represent safety, in either case it is the hand that guides the tool.

Shoot first……

October 29, 2008

Hard to say from here but cops should show just a little more courage.

Police chief: Officer fatally shot innocent man

Julian Alexander, 20, of Anaheim dies in hospital.

ANAHEIM – A police officer running after a group of suspected burglars early Tuesday shot and killed an innocent 20-year-old man who had come outside to investigate the noise, police said.
Julian Alexander was apparently roused by the suspects, who jumped a fence on his side yard around 1:30 a.m. He apparently grabbed a broomstick to defend his pregnant wife and in-laws, family members said.
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