Reflections on the film ‘Unforgiven’

Reflections on Unforgiven

by Mustang

The titled film is one of my favorites.  In the latter part of the film, the nearly-blind dimwit who read too many dime novels laments the fact that he assassinated someone while he was taking a bowel movement but then adds that the fellow probably “had it coming.”  Clint Eastwood’s character responds, “Hell, kid, we all have it coming.” 

 

Ashli Babbitt, whose parents didn’t know how to spell Ashley, was a 35-year old former airman who, from every account, was never a member of any organized “extremist” groups.  I’ve placed the word extremist in quotations because the definition of that word (apparently) depends on one’s particular political point of view.  Ashli and her husband owned a pool business in California.

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Ashli Babbitt

Ashli flew to Washington DC on 5 January to participate in the “Stop the Steal” rally on 6 January.  One of the hundreds of people who pushed their way into the US Capitol.  There are videos of Ashli standing behind others, grasping poles to attempt to breach a barricaded set of doors leading to the Speaker’s Lobby.  It was behind the lobby where several members of Congress were sheltering and, we could assume, were peeing themselves.  When Ashli attempted to climb through a broken window, the first to do so (it is claimed), a police officer fired a single shot, struck her in the shoulder, and she apparently bled to death.

 

I don’t know Ashli Babbitt.  She may have been one of those mouthy young people who talk more than listen.  She may have been the impetuous type … going off on adventures without giving much thought to the likely consequences of her actions.  In fact, Ashli may have been an idiot.  What she was not, however, was armed.  I’m not sure how a police officer is justified in killing a mouthy person.  It does not appear to have been the “least amount of force necessary to place someone under arrest.”  That would probably be physical restraint or the use of a taser if she were too rowdy.

 

But at no time did Ashli give the police officer a reasonable belief that she endangered anyone’s life or cause them injury. She did not have a nuclear weapon or any explosive device. Nor, given the fact that Ashli was shot “while entering” the Capitol building, could the police officer reasonably conclude that the use of deadly force was justified to prevent serious injury or imminent death against other persons (cowering members of Congress).

 

I suspect the individual who shot her was likely unsuitable for police work — someone who gets rattled easily, is always afraid of others, someone incapable of “taking charge” of a situation or employing the least amount of force necessary to effect an apprehension.  We might understand this, particularly if the shooter was a young officer, inexperienced, or a bed-wetter — but it doesn’t mitigate the fact that he murdered an unarmed demonstrator.

 

What should concern us about the Babbitt murder is that a citizen was shot and killed and that the police shooter was exonerated.  He’s become the hero (even if we don’t know his name), and she’s become the bad guy.  I think Ashli used poor headwork in her part of this episode, but she’ll not be learning any lessons from it.  She’s dead.  She’s unforgiven.  The question remains: did this potentially mouthy, reactive, dim bulb deserve to die?  Apparently.

 

And so too does anyone else who participates in demonstrations against a totalitarian government.  The capitol policeman and Speaker of the House of Representatives fired a warning shot.  Not at Ashli, at the American people who won’t do as they’re told. You have been warned.  I think it was author/former police officer Joseph Wambaugh who once wrote, “Never take a stick to a gunfight.”  

Unforgettable Scene – Unforgiven. “Hell of a thing…” ….“Hell, kid, we all have it coming.”

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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Anatomy of a city descending into administrative chaos – Brooklyn Center

 

Daunte Wright is dead, killed by a police officer. Let’s see if we can follow the response of the government officials. Keep in mind it was the police officer who did the shooting. Now for the scapegoats who must put their career necks  on the block as if that will change anything. Rather the city descends into administrative chaos.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon and Police Officer Kim Potter resigned from their positions April 13, Mayor Mike Elliott announced at a press conference.

Tony Gruenig, commander of the department’s patrol division, was appointed acting chief of the department.

“As of this morning, we have received a resignation letter from officer Kim Potter and in addition to that, we have also received a letter of resignation from the police chief,” Elliott said.

The council fired former City Manger Curt Boganey April 12 and gave Elliott command powers over the police department. Fired for his remark regarding Due Process would be given to the police officer.

“I am in charge (of the police department) ultimately,” Elliott said. “Obviously the acting city manager has day-to-day responsibilities over the department, so that is the chain of command.” From Home Town Source

 

This should work out swell. Then we have Jesse Waters giving us some inconvenient facts.

 I will conclude with this… more truth than fiction I do believe.

Babylon Bee: Media Thrilled To Be Covering Good Kind Of Riots Again…

U.S.—Media organizations across the country announced today they are relieved to be covering the good kind of riots again, now that people are looting Targets for justice again instead of protesting their government.

“It was pretty rough there for a while,” said Rachel Maddow. “We had to cover the dark days of the violent insurrection. But now that people are stealing Nikes to protest racial injustice, we can return to feel-good reporting about the good riots that are happening.”

“It’s just the Spring of Love around here!” she added happily.

Keep reading…

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LPD Homicide found a body in Breonna Taylor’s car – read the police report

Why has the media ignored this police report detailing why Breonna Taylor was a focus in the investigation? This is why. We are all being played.

This never before released complete investigation from the LPD includes surveillance images and recorded phone calls between Jamarcus Glover, Breonna Taylor and others on the warrants and shows just how involved Taylor was in Glover’s drug enterprise and why the police were at her house the night of her death. Read more

12/03/16: LMPD Homicide find a body in Breonna Taylor’s car. Part of the front page used in the investigation appearing in the paper.

The front page of an undated report prepared by Louisville Metro Police as part of its investigation of accused drug dealer Jamarcus Glover, Breonna Taylor's boyfriend.

The Louisville Courier Journal which is part of USA Today has the expose of the Taylor case which includes jail house recordings. It is a lengthy post and do read it as it contains much of the police reports that I have linked to below. It does not include  the homicide police report that I have a link to. However, the paper has the above clip.

Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said Taylor had dated Glover, one of the police’s main suspects, two years earlier and that they maintained a “passive friendship.”

However, records and recorded jail calls show that Glover and Taylor were in more recent contact, though Glover said in a March 13 call that he didn’t have “nothing going on with Bre no more.”

According to the affidavit detective Jaynes wrote for the search warrant, Glover used Taylor’s apartment as his home address.

Taylor’s address was listed in the warrant, records show, based on police’s belief that one of the narcotics investigation’s main suspects, Jamarcus Glover, used her home to receive mail, keep drugs or stash money earned from the sale of drugs.

A detective wrote in an affidavit summarizing the investigation that led to the warrant that Glover walked into Taylor’s apartment one January afternoon and left with a “suspected USPS package in his right hand,” then got into his car and drove to a “known drug house” on Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Jaynes verified through a U.S. postal inspector, according to the affidavit, that Glover had been receiving packages at Taylor’s address.

Report details why Louisville police decided to forcibly search Breonna Taylor’s home

…But the 39-page report and corroborating evidence do show that Taylor had more extensive ties than previously made public with an accused drug trafficker who was at the center of a larger narcotics investigation in Louisville.

The findings of the report, corroborated by jail phone recordings and other documents obtained by The Courier Journal, detail multiple links between Taylor and Jamarcus Glover of Louisville, a main target in a drug probe that prompted police to request the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment.

Plainclothes officers that night battered in her door, searching for drugs and illicit cash. None were found.

Glover was arrested the same night as Taylor’s shooting. He was picked up at an alleged drug house 10 miles to the north in Louisville’s West End. He was released on bail but is now a fugitive after failing to post a new bail set at $50,000 when he was charged again last month.

The evidence it details includes the results of a tracking device placed on Glover’s Dodge Charger that shows it was driven to Taylor’s apartment six times in January.

The report includes photographs of Glover entering and exiting Taylor’s building. In the application for the search warrant of Taylor’s apartment, police said they suspected drugs and money were being held at the residence.

Glover made a call from jail about 12 hours after he was arrested March 13 at 2424 Elliott Ave. — the same day Taylor was shot and killed by police executing a search warrant at her apartment signed by Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw.

In that recorded March 13 call, Glover, 30, told a girlfriend that Taylor was holding $8,000 for him and that she had been “handling all my money.” No money was found at her residence during the police search.

Aguiar has said previously that Glover and Taylor had dated until about two years earlier and that they maintained a “passive” friendship.

But the recordings and other evidence reviewed by The Courier Journal show Taylor and Glover maintained closer ties.

On Jan. 3, for example, following Glover’s arrest on trafficking and weapons charges, he called Taylor from the jail and asked her to contact one of his co-defendants to get bail money.

Taylor responded that the associate was “already at the trap” — slang for a house used for drug trafficking.

Glover told her to be on standby to pick him up if he made bail. “I’m going to get me some rest in your bed,” he said, according to the recording.

“Love you,” he said, at the end of the call.

“Love you, too,” she replied.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, interim LMPD Chief Robert Schroeder chastised the release of the internal report.

“We want to protect the integrity of all of our investigations,” Schroeder said. “This kind of leak and this kind of reporting is simply not helpful to the process. It seems irrelevant to the goal of getting justice, peace and healing for our community.”

Jamarcus Glover claims Breonna Taylor held his money

The Courier Journal has corroborated that on Dec. 30, 2019, five days before her recorded jail conversation with Glover, Taylor posted a $2,500 bond for another man charged in the same case, 34-year-old Darreal Forest.

His attorney, Casey McCall, did not immediately respond to a question about how his client knew Taylor.

Glover, Forest and three other men were charged with trafficking and weapons offenses after police received a tip from a confidential informant that they were hiding drugs and firearms in abandoned homes adjacent to the “trap house” they allegedly operated at the Elliott Avenue address.

Police seized five handguns and three rifles, according to evidence filed in the case.

The jail recordings The Courier Journal reviewed show that on March 13, Glover, while trying to round up cash to make bail on a new set of trafficking charges, called a girlfriend and told her Taylor had his money.

“She had the eight grand I gave her the other day, and she picked up another six,” Glover said.

“Did she tell you where it was?” the caller asked him.

“She didn’t have the chance to tell me nothing,” he replied. “She dead.”

When the caller asked Glover why he had left the money with Taylor, he said: “Don’t take it wrong but Bre been handling all my money. She has been handling (expletive) for me and … it ain’t just me.”.

Jones, Glover and Bowman, along with three other defendants — Rayshawn Lee, 33; Anthony J. Taylor II, 31; and Adrian Walker, 28 — are charged with complicity in trafficking in a controlled substance and running an organized crime syndicate.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

Police surveil Jamarcus Glover and Breonna Taylor

Court records show that Taylor posted bond twice for Glover in 2017, as mentioned in the police report, though it is not unusual for a girlfriend, spouse, friend or parent to post bond for a loved one.

The police report says Glover called Taylor’s phone from the jail 27 times from January 2016 to January 2020, including the Jan. 3 call in which he asked her to contact Adrian Walker — no relation to Kenneth Walker — to round up bail money for him.

The report also says that on Feb. 13 — a month before Taylor’s death — detectives watched through a pole camera mounted outside the Elliot Avenue house as Taylor and Glover drove up to the house in her black Dodge Charger.

Glover got out and went inside. He came out after a few minutes and they drove off, the report says.

Police previously disclosed in their application to search Taylor’s apartment that another vehicle registered to Taylor, a white 2016 Chevrolet Impala, was seen parked in front of the Elliott Avenue house several times.

… At the end of the day, if I would have been at that house Bre would be alive, bruh. … I don’t shoot at no police.”

Read the whole thing below:

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/breonna-taylor/2020/08/25/report-details-why-louisville-police-decided-to-forcibly-search-breonna-taylor-home/5593502002/

Read the 41 page police report. Click on right side of the first page for the complete report. Source Tatum Report:

Police 41 page report here:  (Click on right side of first page for full report.)

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63943132/breonna-taylor-summary-redacted1

More of the story here, wander over:

It’s Time For The Liberal Media To Tell The Truth About Breonna Taylor’s Death?

It may be too late for the media to get the facts right about Breonna Taylor’s death. At least too late to stop the riots currently being carried out in her name. So much of the death and destruction over recent months could have been avoided if the liberal media simply told the truth when it comes to police shootings of Black suspects.

The drive-by media, as Rush Limbaugh calls it, shows up on the scene and breathlessly announces that police officers have shot and killed another unarmed black person; this time a young nurse who was sound asleep in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky.

The few “facts” the media provides about the shooting turn out to be wrong, and all the context and factors leading up to Taylor’s death are never mentioned by the mainstream media. And if the big tech companies get their way, the facts of these cases would never come out –

It is difficult to understand why most of this has not been picked up by anyone as I write this. It is almost like that they want the riots to continue doesn’t it?

Other than that all is swell in the swamp.

When you don’t shoot a killer resisting arrest

 

 

Seems simple enough to me. Follow the directions of the police. Don’t argue, and most of all don’t fight. Don’t return to your car and look like you are reaching or do reach for something.

For some reason we now expect the police to be psychic as to the intent. That they should offer up their lives or serious injury to themselves so that hopped up crazed individuals can act out.

When did this start? This is a new expectation. It is wrong. None of the men who have been shot recently by police that has caused mayhem throughout the country would have been shot if they had simply followed the police instructions.

Everyone resisted arrest and were in a major struggle.

Want to know how things can go very wrong for our men and women in blue? Remember the rules of the game now. No choke holds. No knees on the back.

Call the social workers next time. I am sure it will go much better.

 

The Police: Warriors or Peacekeepers?

Good Copping

by Mustang

As a general notion, I think it is healthy when our society examines “the way things are,” and imagines how “things might improve.” Were this not true, then we would probably not have the Food and Drug Administration and still suffer from the poor state of food processing industries in the early 1900s.

On the other hand, not everything about our society is broken or needs fixing. As a case in point, writing for the Wall Street Journal, Karl Marlantes suggests that our problem with police is that they tend to view themselves as warriors, rather than peacekeepers, and see criminals as “the enemy,” rather than as mis-directed citizens. For the present time, I’ll ignore the illogical conclusion that a person who is trying to kill you, or do you harm, isn’t an enemy.

Marlantes argues that police officers who see themselves as warriors incorporate three behaviors that are inappropriate in community policing: (a) choosing a side, (b) dehumanizing the enemy, and (c) reacting rather than thinking when threatened.

Well, what to say?

Norman Rockwell: The Runaway

Police officers do choose sides. They do that when they take their oath of office. They swear to uphold the Constitution and laws of the state and municipality whom they serve. As for dehumanizing citizens and “reacting when threatened,” we should make a few assumptions. We should:

Assume that police departments select the best candidates for police positions, rather than striving to meet affirmative action mandates that gives precedence for employment to people grouped according to skin color, ethnic or religious preferences, or gender. It would be interesting (and helpful) to know, of the officers indicted or fired for egregious behaviors, the percentage having no business wearing a badge to begin with.

It is not likely we will ever know this because municipalities always hide information that places them in a poor light, or which may subject them to high dollar lawsuits.

Presume that police academies and agencies, which undergo recurring formal evaluations for agency certification, adequately train their officers to deal with a myriad of confrontations (understanding that there is no one solution to every conceivable problem), and how to relate to a wide range of individuals, from the drug-induced moron wielding a knife to the obnoxious judge who was pulled over for driving erratically.

Assume that police agencies promote experienced officers to supervise and guide younger, less experienced officers in the performance of their duties.

Assume that since police officers are human beings, they will occasionally make errors in judgment, no matter how well academies and departments train them, and that police errors will continue receiving scrutiny in the press, in the courts, and by citizen review boards.

Mr. Marlantes argues that the “warrior mentality” is emphasized when police departments incorporate combat-style clothing and equipment. He cites “military style vehicles” and weapons used in Ferguson, Missouri. He attributes this to a Pentagon program.

I’m not arguing with his point (with caveat), but this wasn’t a Pentagon program; it was an Obama initiative. On the other hand, the caveat, we do no favors for our communities when criminals show up better armed and better protected than our frontline police officers. In mentioning Ferguson, Mr. Marlantes failed to note that in Michael Brown’s death, the police officer (dressed in normal clothing and armed with a standard sidearm) was fighting for his life with a 300-pound man.

If we are going to have this conversation, it needs to be an honest discussion.

Mr. Marlantes is a former (highly decorated) combat arms officer. I cannot speak to his experiences in the Vietnam War, but I can say that while an infantryman will occasionally “get spooked,” the American infantry emphasizes fire discipline. Combat isn’t for Neanderthals. Success in combat requires men and leaders who can think through the problem, remain calm, and impose their will on a determined enemy.

When Mr. Marlantes suggests that our warriors are trigger-happy, unthinking reactionaries, he unacceptably diminishes our military men and women, their NCOs, and their combat leaders —and he also paints with too broad a brush our thousands of fine police officers, all of whom place their lives on the line every single day, and thousands of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Are our police officers at war with the people they serve? The answer must depend on where they serve. I cannot imagine any Chicago cop who reports for work at the start of watch who realistically thinks that he’ll be able to retire someday. Who in their right mind would want to be a cop in Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, or any of a dozen or so other American cities?

This is an important conversation to have—and have had in the past. That such a topic has garnered our attention in the past is why we no longer have Texas Rangers extra-judicially hanging horse thieves.

But if we intend to have this conversation, let’s be honest with one another in the discussion. I wasn’t present, but it is possible that the young fellow who died while in police custody in Minneapolis shouldn’t have been placed in dire straits for such an extended period. The truth of what happened will be revealed to us from court proceedings. But in all honesty, the young man was no community hero. For starters, let’s stop creating unwarranted perceptions.

Yes, we do need good policing; we also need good citizenship. If a police officer tells you that he’s placing you into custody, the best possible advice is to submit to his authority. You’ll have your day in court. That’s the time and place to argue, not before. Meanwhile, let’s stop bashing police who probably don’t deserve it.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

What do you want America? Solution or Division?

 

What do you want?

by Mustang

There are essentially two models for achieving social progress: a cooperative model, suggesting that social progress is only possible when opposing sides (of an argument) are able to lay aside their differences and find ways to cooperate with one another … and a conflict model, suggesting that true progress is only achieved through clashes with opposing points of view, one of which will (in time) become dominant.  

Which of these is correct?  Or, are they both correct, with the only real difference being in the speed of achieving consensus?

A large part of our problem in modern society is our inability, or our unwillingness, to engage with one another in meaningful dialogue.  Before we reach the stage of dialogue, we must first achieve a generally acceptable view of the “problem,” and its origins.  If we do not know what the problem is, or how it evolved, then we cannot hope to solve it.  Cooperation, for its own sake, demands that people relinquish their principles; that they compromise with others at the cost of their core beliefs.  

There is no benefit to society in this, unless the goal of social engineering is to produce human drones incapable of rational individualism.  Likewise, conflict as a demonstration of anger or frustration produces angrier people and levels of frustration that easily lead to violence.  There is no permanent solution to social issues through violent behavior.

Our founding fathers realized that the likely result of authoritarianism would be a “pressure-cooker society,” so they provided ways in which people could demonstrate their dissatisfactions without having to resort to extremism.  One may recall the aftermath of the French Revolution, whose carnage is today memorialized and celebrated by the French nation as Bastille Day.  

American founders wisely acknowledged our inalienable right to have and express an opinion, especially unpopular opinions.  They provided for the right to associate with whomever we choose.  We have a right to peacefully assemble, emphasis on the word “peacefully.”  

Is it enough to express an opinion or demonstrate?  My answer is, “Not unless you have your facts right about the nature of the problem, its origins, and have identified common sense solutions.”  Otherwise, you’re part of the problem.

So, a cop with a spotty record behaves in such a way that he’s taken the life of a citizen.  Good citizen or not, this is not the kind of behavior we want from our public servants.  Obviously, the police department or city that hired this cop used poor judgment by keeping him on the payroll.  This is a matter for the citizens of that city to address, and while it may be appropriate for people on the opposite coast to demonstrate, there is nothing they can do to solve the problem within that city.

Fact: there are about 850,000 lawmen in the USA … federal, state, and local.  If only ten percent of these people are bad apples, then we do have a police problem in our country.  My guess is that the percentage of bad cops is around one percent, but even if the number is higher, it pales in comparison with the number of bad citizens who violently assault members of their own communities, including police officers.  What are we (as a society) doing about bad citizens?

Fact: we did have a civil war in this country.  The top tier issues were constitutional in nature: the right of states to govern themselves beyond the enumerated powers of the federal government, and the right of men to live free of shackles.  How shall we address this history?  

We cannot change what happened.  The issue of states’ rights remains an open issue, as we have seen federal encroachment into the affairs of states.  We struggle with this today through the courts, which is an appropriate venue.  We resolved the issue of human bondage in 1863, at a great cost in human lives.

Those who endured slavery are now dead.  The number of those who remember anyone who endured slavery is miniscule.  There can be no atonement for the dead; justice was denied to them.  What we can do, and have done, is to recognize that every citizen is free to choose for themselves a pathway through life.  Whether every citizen chooses wisely is another matter.  I am not responsible for someone who unwisely pursues a dark, unfulfilling lifestyle and no amount of public demonstration will convince me otherwise.

If we are to solve problems in society, no matter whether we cooperate or conflict with one another, then we must do so within the framework of mainstream society.  If we choose not to address them from within the body of society, then we have no reasonable expectation of resolving our problems at all.  

The question remains: what do you want, America?  Do you truly want solutions, or are you content with noisy, destructive, hateful rhetoric or behavior that solves nothing more than to divide our fragile society further?

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Sweet Justice – feel good moment for the day

 

I have had enough mayhem and bad news. So how about a feel good moment for today?

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George Floyd Resisting Arrest For 3 Minutes. Footage the MSM won’t show you Update

Update added with additional clip

Just something to add to the story.

This whole thing could have been avoided. Does not justify what happened.

Nuggets of Madness from the Revolution

Not much to add to the madness overtaking the country. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, here are some pictures that if I had not seen them I would say it was not possible. Then we have cities disbanding police forces? No doubt Sharia will come in and take care of everything. I have no more words. Soldiers and police kneeling and prostrating themselves.

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Bonus. The usual suspects.

Thats it folks. Tales from the swamp.

Who are these Democrats that rule and allow cities to be destroyed?

 

What in the world have the democrats done to our cities and our government? These immature characters that are clueless? Abandoning a police station?

And who are these people doing all of this destruction? We have governors who are a disgrace. Mayors who are a disgrace. Letting a city burn and know it is those who live there who will not have the Target and Auto Zone and a hundred or more buildings. Where is the outrage. Don’t know what more to add.

Yes..time to arrest the cop too.

Claps back? He abandoned a police station and has over 170 buildings damaged or on fire. Jason, adults do use claps back.

Following intense protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death during an arrest with police, Mayor Jacob Frey says the non-black community must understand “400 years of anger and sadness” that is the “truth” of the black community.

 

Doing everything he says.

All is well in the swamp.

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