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Scout Schultz commits ‘suicide by cop,’ yet Georgia Tech rioters blame police

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Scout Schultz

A riot erupted at Georgia Tech last night following a vigil for slain student Scout Schultz. A police vehicle was torched as around 50 students marched on the Georgia Tech Police Station. Warnings were issued to residents to stay inside. Two officers sustained minor injuries and three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer.

This type of scenario is all-too common lately. A violent or potentially violent suspect gives reason for police to use force. Then, the community and/or student body turn vigils into protest and protests into riots. Looking closer at the situation surrounding this particular shooting, it’s clear that this was not the fault of the police officers involved.

  • 21-year-old Scout Schultz had a history of depression and mental illness. He had attempted suicide in the past according to his father.
  • He called the police to report himself as having a knife and a GUN.
  • While confronting police, he said repeatedly, “Shoot me.”
  • Three suicide notes were found in his room.
  • Despite multiple, often compassionate pleas by the officers involved for him to stop approaching them with his brandished knife (no gun was found), he continued to move towards them until he was shot.

This is a crystal clear example of “suicide by cop,” the act of killing oneself by provoking police officers to use deadly force. Here’s the video of the incident (WARNING: Graphic):

The argument being made by the family’s lawyer and father is that there should have been a non-lethal alternative available. This is a valid point that requires debate. It does NOT require rioting. In fact, rioters make the point for law enforcement to maintain a stronger stance in regards to weapons. These people put their lives in danger on our behalf every time they answer a call. We’ve all seen reports of police being ambushed while on seemingly non-violent calls. Inciting a riot and torching a police vehicle to attempt to make the argument for non-lethal weapons is counterproductive.

The only people who should be blamed for Scout Schultz’ death are Scout Schultz and anyone who pushed him to this point. The police did not do anything other than the exact job they’re required to do. An unstable man with a weapon was making aggressive and unpredictable moves towards them. Do the rioters believe they should have allowed him to stab one of them first before responding?

Perspectives

A troubled Georgia Tech student called 911 on himself, and now he’s dead. | Aaron Colen, TheBlaze

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/18/a-troubled-georgia-tech-student-called-911-on-himself-and-now-hes-dead/Scout identified as intersex and non-binary, which is to say he did not conform to the idea of being either male or female and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them.” He was the president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, an LGBTQ student organization.

Georgia Tech students told to stay inside as protests turn violent after vigil for student killed by cops | Kyle Feldscher and Diana Stancy, Washington Examiner

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/georgia-tech-students-told-to-stay-inside-as-protests-turn-violent-after-vigil-for-student-killed-by-cops/article/2634844“We ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer. Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students,” they said in a statement.”This is how we will truly honor Scout’s life and legacy.”

Georgia Tech Student With Knife Shot, Killed by Campus Police [VIDEO] | Dan Zimmerman, The Truth About Guns

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/09/daniel-zimmerman/georgia-tech-student-with-knife-shot-killed-by-campus-police-video/‘Nobody wants to hurt you,’ one of the cops can be heard saying before a shot rings out and Schultz crumples to the ground, screaming out in pain.

Protests erupt at Georgia Tech following vigil for student killed by campus police | WSB-TV

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/protests-erupt-at-georgia-tech-following-vigil-for-student-killed-by-campus-police/611338762Georgia Tech confirmed to Wilfon that two Georgia Tech police officers had minor injuries from the protests. One of those officers was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The officers are expected to be OK.

 

Outrage Erupts After Armed Non-Binary Student is Shot by Cops | Nichole Cooper, Louder with Crowder

https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/outrage-armed-non-binary-shot-cops/This whole incident was unfortunate, but no abuse of power took place. Cops plead with the man to drop his weapon. He did not. He continued to approach them in a violent manner (armed with a weapon) and now he’s dead. Leftists should focus their energy on mourning this death, not using it to whack police or virtue signal.

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Today, there seems to be an instant jump to violence and riots to “honor” dangerous people who are killed by law enforcement. The rioters love to prop up their “innocent” victims and persecute the police who protect them daily. It’s time for these responses of violence to end. Peaceful protesting and public awareness may not be as newsworthy as violent riots, but it goes much further towards establishing dialogues that can solve the actual root problems Americans face.

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France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

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PARIS (AP) — A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed two people and wounded up to eight others, officials said, sparking a major security operation around a world-famous Christmas market on Tuesday. Authorities said the shooter remains at large.

The motive for the shooting is unclear. It wasn’t immediately clear if the market was the target of the attack or if there was any link to terrorism.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters that the gunman has been identified, and had a police record for common crimes. He several of the wounded were in critical condition and that he was heading to Strasbourg.

The French Interior Ministry called on the public to remain indoors.

“Our security and rescue services are mobilized,” Castaner said.

Local authorities tweeted for the public to “avoid the area of the police station,” which is close to the city’s Christmas market. Strasbourg’s well-known market is set up around the city’s cathedral during the Christmas period and becomes a major gathering place.

Images from the scene show police officers, police vehicles and barricades surrounding the sparkling lights of the market.

The European Parliament, which is based in Strasbourg, was on lockdown. Spokesman Jaume Duch said that “the European Parliament has been closed and no one can leave until further notice.” It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were inside.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that “my thoughts are with the victims of the shooting …. Strasbourg is like no other a city which is a symbol of peace and European democracy.”

France has been hit by several extremist attacks, including the 2015 Paris shootings, which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, and a truck attack in Nice that killed dozens in 2016.

Some Strasbourg residents have reported on social media that they heard gunfire in some parts of the city center.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tweeted that “the situation is still underway, priority is given to security forces and rescuers.”

President Emmanuel Macron has adjourned a meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday night to be able to monitor the events, his office said.

Strasbourg, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Paris, is on the border with Germany.

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President Trump’s best defense against Michael Cohen is… Michael Cohen

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President Trumps best defense against Michael Cohen is Michael Cohen

Democrats and mainstream media have honed in on the President’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, as being the key to the “smoking gun” of campaign finance violations. Their knight in shining armor has accused the President of participating directly in hush money paid to two women with whom the President had affairs in the past.

Porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy bunny Karen McDougal were paid through deals worked out by Cohen to purchase and quash their stories from making it into the press. It worked until after the election when both went public. Now, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is trying to prove the President violated campaign finance laws by paying the women off to benefit his presidential campaign.

While Cohen may be revered by some as the person who can take down the President, there are three reasons why Cohen is now the President’s best defense. The first two are obvious. First, he’s a known liar. He has admitted as much and Mueller’s team have acknowledged it. Second, his relationship with the President has become adversarial, casting serious doubts on the validity of his flip-flopping testimony.

The third reason is the one that few seem to be recognizing. While Cohen has been known as the President’s former lawyer, his actual role was essentially that of “fixer.” He had the power and responsibility to both protect and insulate Trump for years. Well before there was a presidential campaign, Cohen was the guy who would take care of problems on behalf of Trump.

Had he been hired for the campaign itself, this would be a moot point. But he has years of history taking care of business on behalf of Trump. It is, at the very least, feasible Cohen would have handled the situations with Daniels and McDougal without first getting direction from the President. This would be even more likely if it can be shown Cohen or someone else in Trump’s orbit had paid off women in the past.

The President has a sure-fire way to disprove campaign finance violations, but he won’t like it

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/09/president-sure-fire-way-disprove-campaign-finance-violations-wont-like/By showing past payoffs to women, the President can go with the story that he didn’t want to damage his marriage or business dealings. This play might hurt his reputation, but it would likely quash attempts to indict him.

This is all assuming there were past payoffs. If there weren’t, then it would be difficult for his defense to claim the two payoffs in question were not politically motivated.

Whether Cohen or anyone else had operated on Trump’s behalf in the past to pay hush money to someone is currently unknown but very likely. That’s what Cohen did for Trump. He was the fixer.

If someone needed to be paid off, Cohen would work out the details. If someone needed to be threatened, Cohen would make the call. Listening to recorded conversations of him making such threats reveals that he’s a scumbag. But he was Trump’s scumbag, and part of being a rich man’s scumbag is doing the dirty work without getting the boss involved.

Unless there are better recordings than the ones Cohen has already produced that show then-candidate Trump ordering the hush money, it’s very unlikely the Mueller investigation will yield an indictment. It’s the President’s word against his scumbag fixer’s. Indicting anyone solely on the self-serving word of Michael Cohen would be ludicrous.

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.

A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.

The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.

The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.

“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”

The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

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