Cops Behaving Badly

Atlanta Mayor Actually Holds Police Accountable For Killing Man In Wendy’s Parking Lot

Thank you, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Rayshard Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-through lane of an Atlanta Wendy's late Friday night. The police were called in and not long afterward, Brooks was dead. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed. The GBI said Brooks resisted arrest, struggled with officers, and tried to flee the scene. He somehow got hold of an officer's stun gun. The Wendy's surveillance footage showed Brooks running away from the parked police cars, and he appears to point the stun gun at an officer.

From CNN:

"At that point the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down," [GBI Director Vic Reynolds] said in a press conference on Saturday.

This is not an unusual chain of events, unfortunately, but what happened afterward is almost shocking. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms didn't just call this a tragic incident or send the cops involved a bottle of wine, like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani might've done. No, Bottoms immediately criticized the officer.

BOTTOMS: There is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. I do not believe this was a justified use of deadly force. I have called for the immediate termination of the officer.
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Cops Behaving Badly

Tulsa Cop Just Wondering If Police Aren’t Shooting Enough Black People Per Capita

You hate to see the boys in blue goofing off.

Lot of folks now are thinking that maybe the police should stop killing so many black people, but they're just dirty commies who think black people should exist. It takes a special out-of-the-box-thinking psychopath to go all topsy-turvy on Black Lives Matter: Maj. Travis Yates, with the Tulsa Police Department, believes we're not coming anywhere close to our quota of dead black people.

During a discussion with talk radio host Pat Campbell, Yates complained about all the annoying evidence showing -- in layman's terms -- that cops put a hurting on our asses.

You get this meme of, 'Blacks are shot two times, two and a half times more,' and everybody just goes, 'Oh, yeah.'

Memes are very persuasive. I especially like the one where Marilyn Monroe says, “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius." She never actually said this, but memes are notoriously unreliable. However, statistics about police violence aren't memes. They are a troubling fact of black lives. According to studies, unarmed black men are three and a half times more likely to be shot than unarmed white men. Yates doesn't dispute the fact, though. He just has a racist explanation for it.

They're not making sense here. You have to come into contact with law enforcement for that to occur.

If a certain group is committing more crimes, more violent crimes, and law enforcement's having to come into more contact with them, that number is going to be higher. Who in the world in their right mind would think that our shootings should be right along the U.S. Census lines? That's insanity.

The black pathology argument is inherently racist, and it ignores the problem: Black people are dying. Also, like so many cops, Yates has already tried and convicted the black people the police encounter. We (should) have due process in this country, so law enforcement doesn't come in contact with "criminals" until they've been charged and had an actual trial. Too many black people are dying before that even happens.

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Crime

Children's Remains Found In Mormon Doomsday Writer's Backyard, One Identified As Wife's Son

We were really hoping they were in a bunker.

The remains of seven-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow have been found in the backyard of Chad Daybell, the Mormon Doomsday Novelist and new husband of Joshua's mother Lori Vallow. Another set of children's remains were found and authorities are waiting before identifying them as the body of Vallow's other missing child, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.

First reported missing by JJ's paternal grandparents, Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan have not been seen since September of last year. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had something to do with the disappearance of Vallow's children, especially after the couple ran off to Hawaii. And then even more, after it was revealed that several other people in both Vallow's and Daybell's lives had died or been injured in some rather suspicious ways. Both Vallow and Daybell were and remain suspects in the abrupt death of Daybell's previous wife, Tammy Daybell, who conveniently passed on about a week before Vallow and Daybell got hitched. According to Chad Daybell, the ghost of Tammy Daybell was the first one to suggest that he and Vallow marry.

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Everywhere Else News

After 34 Years, Olof Palme Gets Very Own Lee Harvey Oswald

Prosecutors assemble clues with tiny hex wrench.

Sweden's prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986, right in the middle of Stockholm, as he and his wife left a movie theater. Now, after all these years, a prosecutor who's been leading the investigation since 2017 announced that the case is now closed. At a news conference early this morning, Prosecutor Krister Petersson named a pretty-much-nobody guy as Palme's killer, and it wasn't even Woody Harrelson's dad. The announcement isn't likely to satisfy Swedish conspiracy theorists, who would far rather find evidence that Palme was maybe murdered by the CIA, South Africa, Kurdish separatists, or possibly Ted Cruz, the Zodiac Killer.

The likely assassin, Petersson said, was Stig Engstrom, a graphic designer known to assassination buffs as "Skandia man," for the insurance company where he worked. The company had offices near the theater where Palme was killed. Petersson said that while there was "reasonable evidence" — enough to arrest Engstrom, if he were still alive — that evidence "would not, in itself, lead to a conviction" without further physical evidence that simply isn't available after all this time. Engstrom killed himself in 2000 (or so they want you to believe), and Petersson said, "Because the person is dead, I cannot bring charges against him and have decided to close the investigation." He offered no motive for the murder, although Engstrom was known to disagree strongly with Palme's politics.

Olof Palme was the leader of Sweden's Social Democratic party, and served multiple terms as prime minister, from 1969-1976, and then again from 1982 until he was assassinated. He's often credited as the architect of Sweden's modern welfare state, and he frequently offered verbal support to revolutionary movements around the world. The New York Times notes that earned him

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