Sunday, April 19, 2015

Charges Dropped in Police Shooting of Unarmed Kansas City Man

LA Times

Prosecutors in Missouri have dropped all charges against a Kansas City police officer who was charged in the nonfatal shooting of an unarmed man, arguing the case was not strong enough to secure a conviction.
In February, a state grand jury determined there was probable cause to indict Jacob Ramsey, 31, on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the June 24 shooting of 37-year-old Anthony Contreras.

“Like all prosecutors, we have a duty to be convinced that evidence supports a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a news release Friday night. “Our subsequent investigation convinced us that burden could not be met.”

According to prosecutors, the Missouri shooting began when officers spotted Contreras, who was identified as a suspect in a string of 31 thefts from tractor-trailers, on the porch of his home. Before trying to take Contreras into custody, officers had been briefed that he was “known to flee and was considered dangerous.”

An officer said he shouted “Anthony, stop!” but Contreras entered the home and left through the back door. Ramsey, who was positioned at the back of the home, said he ordered Contreras to show his hands, then fired a single shot at Contreras after he dropped his right hand to his side. Ramsey said he believed Contreras was reaching for a gun.

Contreras, who was found to be unarmed, was struck on the left side of his face, causing serious injury to his jaw, teeth and tongue. He has maintained he did not see Ramsey or hear his commands.

California Man - Presumably a Concealed Carry Permit Holder - Shoots Himself in the Balls

Southern Beale

A man accidentally shot himself in the testicles while walking down a street in Los Angeles Saturday, police said.
The 26-year-old was enjoying a stroll with his girlfriend on Beverly Boulevard and Robinson Street in Silver Lake at around 12:45 a.m. when he heard a pop, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.
Much to his dismay, he discovered his gun had accidentally discharged, with the bullet hitting him in the private parts.
He was rushed to the hospital in a stable condition. There were no other witnesses besides his girlfriend
Hard not to laugh at these people, it really is.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Open Carry Idiocy

Open Carry Texas Leader Threatens Black Open Carry Group With A Freedom Bullet

Freak Out Nation

As reported here, Republican state Senator Chuck Estes suggested that elderly folks concerned about Open Carry activists storming the aisles of a grocery store were experiencing a “phobia” and should get help.
A lot of Conservatives really need ‘help’ then, starting with C.J. Grisham, Open Carry Texas’s leader.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Indiana Shooting Suspect Wants 'to chill this weekend,' Will Turn Himself In Next Week

13 WTHR Indianapolis

When I first started blogging you gun nuts (not YOU gun nuts, but your predecessors) told me no crimes were ever committed with assault rifles.  Some time later, it changed and the gun nuts started talking about how tiny the precentage is, less than "one tenth of one percent" is what they used to say.  After that, Obama became the best assault rifle salesmen the world had ever known, with a little help from WayNe La Pierre, and we stopped hearing about it at all.

The True Cost of Gun Violence