To celebrate the anniversary of Blue Lives Matter, we will post several articles on the Death Penalty for Cop Killers and also on some police statistics:
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Winston-Salem chief: Our police don’t shoot to kill
Dec 14, 2016
Winston-Salem police officers are trained to stop people they believe to be dangerous criminals, but not necessarily to kill them, police Chief Barry Rountree said Wednesday.
“We don’t shoot to kill,” Rountree said. “We are trained as police officers to stop the threat.”
Rountree spoke Wednesday to a small group who attended the “trust talk” between police officials and the current Leadership Winston-Salem class and its alumni at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art at 750 Marguerite Drive. In total, about 60 people attended the event designed to improve the relationship between police officers and city residents.
Leadership Winston-Salem is a nonprofit organization that educates local leaders to improve the community.
City officers are trained to shoot at the largest target on a suspect’s body, Rountree said he pointed to his upper torso. He acknowledged that the person might be killed in the encounter with officers.
“That may be the consequence, but that’s not the goal,” he said.
The police chief spoke further about officers nationwide using deadly force at a time when police involved shootings of unarmed black men and teens have fueled controversy and protests in several American cities.
“Nationally, officers don’t use deadly force when they could,” Rountree said. “Officers are not cowboys. We don’t shoot guns out of people’s hands despite what you might see on TV. We are not trigger happy.”
Rountree spoke to the small group who shared their perceptions about police on the auditorium stage at SECCA. Three officers were part of the group.
Detective Bobby Hatcher told the group that news media’s reports, including those in social media, are biased against police officers in controversial cases.
“They are willing to jump on a thing without knowing all of the facts,” Hatcher said of the news media. “They blame police and point fingers without a full investigation of what happened. It makes things very tough on us.”
Lamaya Williams, a current class member in Leadership Winston-Salem, said that news media has perpetuated negative stereotypes about young black men in the country since the 1920s. Those stereotypes place fear among other Americans and racially divides the nation, she said. Those perceptions lead to officers racially profiling young black men.
However, Hatcher said that police profiling of potential criminals is good police work, and is not racially motivated.
Selene Johnson, a member of the 2014 Leadership Winston-Salem class, said she has never been profiled by police as a white woman.
“I guess I have white privilege in that way,” she said.
Shirley Fry, a 2000 alumna of Leadership Winston-Salem, questioned whether white people enjoy privileges that black people don’t have.
“Not all white people are privileged,” Fry said.
Regardless of perceptions and stereotypes in society, the public tends to have fixed views about the police, police Sgt. Mark Snow said.
“The majority of the public has decided that either they like the police or they don’t like the police,” Snow said. “I believe that police officers are fighting a losing battle.”
INTERNET SOURCE: http://www.heraldcourier.com/opinion/why-have-a-death-penalty-in-virginia/article_fdbcc487-9dc8-56ae-93bf-690edb056c59.html
Why have a death penalty in Virginia?
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016 10:45 pm | Updated: 11:54 pm, Fri Dec 16, 2016.
Bob Cruise | Abingdon, Virginia
Today, Dec. 8, a jury sentenced a man to two life terms plus 23 years in prison. Why? On Mar. 7, 2013, at 1 p.m., this man shot and killed a VA State Trooper on I-85 in Dinwiddie County. The trooper apparently pulled over to see why the accuser’s car was in the edge of the woods on an interstate highway (illegal in VA.) The trooper most likely stopped to help the man, who was standing outside his vehicle. When he pulled over, the man shot the trooper several times and killed him while he was still in his vehicle. Another trooper came along and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who fled. The dead trooper, Junius A. Walker, a 40-year veteran of the VSP, was black. The accused was white. In 1974-76, I worked the same shift with Walker in Prince William Co. We all called him "JAW" after his initials, and because he also did not say much. Jaw was my best friend! He was also an excellent trooper. Why does Va. have a death penalty if it is not used in a case like this? This is not a case of racism, because this man would have killed the first trooper to stop. It wouldn't have mattered if the trooper was green! This was a senseless crime, and it broke the hearts of many people, including mine. If anyone ever deserved the death penalty for committing a murder, this man did. I have not used his name because he does not deserve the recognition. I am sure he will be a hero in prison for what he did. God save the Commonwealth! It sure needs it!
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Attacks against police could carry death penalty
By Dan Carpenter |
Posted: Fri 9:42 PM, Dec 16, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska Proposed legislation from U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan seeks to detour attacks against first responders by imposing minimum sentences on federal charges up to the death penalty.
“If they’re killed then federal prosecutors can bring the death penalty,” said Sen. Sullivan.
The “Protect Our Heroes Act of 2016” lays out a minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if a deadly weapon is used in an assault against officers, judges, firefighters and members of the Nation Guard, plus at least five years imprisonment for ambush attacks.
“You want to kill one of our protectors? That’s a hate crime. Shouldn’t we send a message with regard to protecting all of these first responders who let’s face it in the last year in many ways have been targeted,” said Sullivan.
The Anchorage Police Department Employee’s Association says 240 officers were shot in the line of duty in the U.S. in 2016 and at least 60 of them died. It’s president was encouraged by the proposal.
“There tends to be a dehumanization of us as individuals and that I think it’s important for everybody to understand that we have lives, we have people at home that care for us as well,” said APDEA President Sgt. Gerard Asselin.
Sullivan says the bill will be introduced when Congress reconvenes in early January.
This morning on "Fox & Friends," Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said that every murder of a law enforcement officer should be classified as a capital crime punishable by death. http://bit.ly/2hoRK9V
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Sheriff Clarke Crushes Obama For Failing To Calm Down Anti-Trump Riots [Video]
by November 13, 2016 11:09 am
Sheriff Clarke just slammed Obama for not doing enough to calm down these protesters and failing to do hi job as president to ensure a peaceful transition of power.
“These are anarchists, full-fledged anarchists. They don’t even support the Constitution. This isn’t constitutionally protected behavior,” Clarke said about the rioters.
“They also advocate for the overthrow of the rule of law here in the United States of America. This is designed to intimidate the Trump administration right out of the gate and to intimidate Trump supporters so they don’t go big and bold once they take office in January, but they cannot be dissuaded by this,” continued Clarke.
“President-elect Donald Trump has to be a little careful here because this is a job for the President of the United States and the Constitution calls for only one and until January 20th that’s Barack Obama. Look, these are his supporters,” he said.
“It is their responsibility to reach out and to remind these individuals of this time-honored, peaceful transition of power here in the United States,” said Clarke. Check out the video below.