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Baltimore squeegee kids nearly get shot

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Baltimore has been dealing with an ongoing problem involving so-called “squeegee kids” for years now. Despite the sporadic media attention the issue receives and public outcry, the problem appears to be getting worse rather than better.

We’re talking, of course, about the gangs of kids (many of whom are not kids at all, but young adults including some suspected gang members) who congregate at street corners near stoplights with squeegees and buckets. While motorists are trapped there waiting for the light to change, they run out and begin washing windshields, or at least soaping them up. They then demand money from the driver for this “service.” If the driver doesn’t pay up they are frequently threatened, harassed or even assaulted, with some cars being vandalized.

Things almost took a critical turn toward violence this week when one woman drew her legally owned and carried firearm from her purse during one of these attacks, leading to a shot being fired into the seat of her vehicle. Nobody wound up being shot. (CBS Baltimore)

A woman was driving down Martin Luther King Boulevard when she came to the intersection at Washington Boulevard. While she was sitting at the light, she said a group of squeegee kids surrounded her vehicle, spraying fluid all over her windshield and demanding money.She said the group started striking her car with squeegees causing damages, saying they were being aggressive.

The woman said she couldn’t drive off without running them over, so she reached into her purse in the passenger seat and pulled out her registered firearm and sat it on her lap, telling the group to back away from her car.

One of the squeegee kids then reached into her passenger side window and grabbed her right wrist, which was holding the firearm.

At that point in the encounter is when the gun went off. The woman wasn’t just being verbally harassed. At least one of the vandals was reaching into the vehicle and grabbing her, leading to a struggle with the firearm. The fact that the passenger seat was shot and not one of the “squeegee kids” was happenstance.

The driver called the police herself and waited at the scene for them to arrive. She offered up her firearm for inspection along with her valid permits. She did everything right and thankfully got away without serious injury or additional damage to the vehicle because the assailants all ran away after the handgun discharged.

The fact that this didn’t end in a gunshot injury or death does nothing to alleviate the problem that led up to this. We’ve covered numerous stories of people being injured or having their vehicles damaged in these assaults. The response from the city has been to send larger numbers of police out to these corners, including members of the SWAT team at one point.

But they aren’t clearing the corners. They’re mostly just “observing” to see if things turn violent. And they can’t cover every corner in town. Further, every officer being stationed to watch the squeegee kids isn’t out there preventing or solving other, more serious crimes.

To be clear, the fault here doesn’t rest on the shoulders of the Baltimore PD. They’re following orders. But City Hall continues to fail to take crime seriously and crack down on those causing the vast majority of problems. Baltimore won’t pass tougher gun crime laws. They won’t rein in these shakedown artists. If you don’t enforce the laws, criminals will propagate, and that’s just what we’re seeing on the streets of Charm City today.

Put the surveillance planes back up in the air. Install more cameras and use facial recognition. Do what you need to do to make the streets safe for normal civilian activity, education and commerce. If you do, Baltimore can make a comeback. If you stick with the failed policies of the past, it will remain a gang-ridden wasteland.

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Man fatally shot in Alexandria

One man is dead after a shooting which occurred in Alexandria, Virginia, early Saturday morning.

Fairfax County Police were called to the scene on the 7100 block of Fairchild Drive, in the Hybla Valley, just before 2 a.m.

When police found the victim, he appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where was later pronounced dead.

Police would not say whether any suspects have been identified. They are currently working to determine a motive for the shooting.

In a tweet early Saturday, police said there was no apparent ongoing threat to public safety.

Anyone with information related to this incident should call the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-324-7329.

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Breaking: Dallas Officer Who Shot Man In His Own Apartment Found Guilty of Murder

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The former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, has been found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean and could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison.

The case began after Guyger walked into what she thought was her apartment and killed Jean by shooting him in the chest, only to find out later that it wasn’t her apartment at all. According to Guyger, she was exhausted after a long day of work and had mistakenly parked on the wrong floor of her apartment building which is unnumbered.

According to ABC News, the jury was tasked to find whether or not Guyger was guilty of manslaughter or murder. The jury decided on the latter:

The Dallas County jury began deliberations Monday afternoon after prosecutors told them in their closing argument that Guyger made a series of “unreasonable decisions” that cost an innocent man his life. Defense attorneys countered that she made “reasonable” mistakes that led her to resort to lethal force because she believed her life was in jeopardy.

The jury came to its decision after asking for clarification on the definition of manslaughter and a clearer explanation of the Castle Doctrine, a legal protection for a homeowner who uses deadly force inside their home against an intruder.

Guyger’s defense team attempted to use the Castle Doctrine, which is similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, as a defense, arguing that while she was in the wrong apartment, in her mind she believed she was in her own unit, which was a floor below Jean’s. The prosecution countered that the Castle Doctrine did not apply in the case.

Arguments have already begun appearing on the internet as to whether or not Guyger should have been charged with murder, as according to testimony, there was zero premeditation and Guyger shot Jean purely out of what she thought was self-defense.

It shouldn’t be overlooked that this particular case had, as Ed Morrisey of Hot Air put it, a ton of baggage around it:

The case had a ton of baggage surrounding it — police shootings, race relations, the castle-doctrine issue, and more. The politics of those issues will likely get injected again into the sentencing of Guyger, who might get as little as five years, as noted above. Given her lack of criminal record and lack of criminal intent in this case, I’d expect the judge to go light, perhaps more in line with a manslaughter verdict. If she does, though, there will be a lot of people who will wonder whether Guyger gets mercy for being white, being a cop, or being a white cop. Those questions will not disappear with this verdict.

In fact, if Guyger does get off with a light sentence, it’s likely relations between police and the nation will worsen significantly. Hopefully, this won’t pressure the judge to use a harsher sentence than should be used, but no matter how you slice it, this likely won’t have a decent ending.

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Ted Cruz Shuts Down Bette Midler After She Accused Him of Doing Nothing to Solve Gun Violence

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Actress Bette Midler is like many Hollywood political types who allow their blind hatred for Republicans get in the way of their reason.

In Midler’s case, she likes to openly wish for physical harm to come to Republicans such as Rand Paul and believes black Republicans are non-entities according to a now-deleted tweet.

Midler hatred for Republicans also seems to prohibit her from seeing things they do that are beneficial in any way as well. Case in point, after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted his heartbreak over the shooting that occurred in Odessa, Texas, Midler fired from the hip and put her ignorance on full display.

“Heidi and I are heartbroken by this heinous attack, and we are lifting up in prayer all the victims, their families, and the entire Midland-Odessa community,” tweeted Cruz. “We are thankful for the law enforcement officers who heroically risked their lives and acted swiftly to stop the shooter and save others. Their courage helped prevent even more senseless deaths, and we honor their tireless commitment to protecting us all.”

Midler, the woman who likes it when violence is visited upon people she disagrees with, responded by telling Cruz that he was “spineless” and “without morality.”

What’s more, she claimed that Cruz hasn’t taken any action in the Senate to prevent these gun deaths.

Actually, he had. Cruz and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa created S-649, a bill that would “address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms, and for other purposes.”

The bill was overwhelmingly rejected by Democrats who filibustered it.

Cruz didn’t respond with any snark and was even complimentary toward Midler as he corrected her error.

“Bette, you’re an amazing singer, but spewing hate & insults only contributes to the tragic division in our Nation. I’ve led the fight in the Senate to stop felons & those w/ serious mental illness from getting guns. In 2013, Dems filibustered that bill,” tweeted Cruz, who linked to the bill.

A classy move by Cruz that Midler seems to have zero response to. Instead, she continued raving about Trump afterward.

Midler seems to very rarely want to acknowledge any idea that could bring America back to a place of civility when it comes to politics, and I’m not holding my breath about her coming around either. Midler seems to get more pleasure out of being politically divisive and vile about it to boot.

To that, I say fine. There’s no doubt that in time, people will find themselves repulsed by her behavior, even more than they already are.

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Beto O’Rourke tells CNN: Our problem with gun violence is f***ed up

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The version of this morning’s interview uploaded by CNN to YouTube has the offending word bleeped, as you’ll see below. The version that aired live on CNN this morning did not. He’s getting good buzz from progressives because of it, just like he got good buzz a few weeks ago when he was asked by a reporter what Trump might say after the El Paso shooting to make things better and replied incredulously, “What the f***?”

Whether it’s a deliberate strategy or just O’Rourke letting it all hang out now that he’s become a long longshot in the primaries, he’s the “passion candidate” in the race now. If you’re a progressive who wants to hear a thoughtful four-minute analysis of potential gun-control legislation, you talk to Buttigieg. If you’re a progressive who wants someone to channel your exasperation at policies you hate with choice expletives, Beto’s your guy.

He might end up climbing his way back into the top tier one F at a time. “Profanity is not the f-bomb,” he said on Twitter this morning. “What is profane is a 17-month-old baby being shot in the face.” Odds are no worse than 50/50 that he calls Trump an MFer at the next debate.

Stick with the clip after the first few minutes here to see Dana Bash quiz him about the most dubious part of his gun-control agenda, a mandatory buyback of assault weapons a la Australia. How are you going to get that passed, she wonders, a question to which Beto has no answer. Not even a narrow Senate Democratic majority that’s nuked the filibuster would enact a mandatory buyback I think; they’d probably lose enough red-state Dems like Joe Manchin on the vote that they’d fall short of 50. It’s also possible that the Supreme Court would swat down a buyback as an infringement of the Second Amendment, although you know how John Roberts gets when the Court is asked to rule on a momentous Democratic initiative. He may lean right (he voted with Scalia in the Heller case) but he seems to worry a lot about the Court looking like a partisan creature, which explains his infamous vote in the ObamaCare case. Would anyone be surprised if Roberts joined with the liberals to uphold a buyback — i.e. confiscation — program?

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Philly cop shooter was offered “bull**** deal” to surrender

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We previously covered the arrest of long-time Philadelphia felon Maurice Hill after he shot six police during a standoff at his rowhome. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and have been released from the hospital, but the details of the nearly fatal encounter are still emerging. We already knew that a lawyer of Hill’s acquaintance contacted him by phone and later showed up in person to help convince him to surrender before he wound up dead. But it turns out that the city’s District Attorney, Larry Krasner, had also been on the phone with Hill. They were discussing what sort of a sentence Hill could expect if he surrendered and Krasner admits he was feeding him a fantasy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Early on, I said 25 [years], then he said 20 and I said OK,” Krasner recounted Friday. At one point, Hill insisted on a deal in writing. Krasner started writing a draft, but did not finish it.

The conversation occurred 4½ hours after the standoff began, as officers were still being treated at hospitals, and 3 hours before it ended with Hill’s surrender and no more bloodshed. In an interview Friday, Krasner described his offer as a “phony baloney” agreement that he had no intention of honoring — and said Hill’s lawyer was in on the ruse.

“We need to be clear here: This was bulls— from the beginning,” Krasner said.

So Kasner offered Hill 20 years verbally, but we don’t know if his attorney repeated that offer. Some legal experts are already speculating that this could cause problems for the prosecution because if the attorney, Shaka Johnson, had been officially retained by Hill at that point, there would have been an obligation to tell Hill that it was a bogus (or “bull___”) offer. But did Johnson even know the details? Also, Krasner never even delivered a written offer. He threw out the draft copy of it he started.

I would hope that the courts wouldn’t allow something like this to gum up the works, but we’ve seen stranger things happen. Still, there were already six cops shot. Two more were trapped in an upper level of the house. Four hostages were in handcuffs and trapped in there with Hill. I would think the courts could support telling Hill they were bringing him a stripper in a cake at that point if it got him out of the building with no further shooting and ended the crisis.

Meanwhile, as shocking as it may sound, there were people actually planning a rally in support of the shooter last night. Considering the fact that people were harassing the cops during the standoff, perhaps that’s just par for the course in that neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon they claimed to be expecting “hundreds” of people to show up in support of the shooter. As it turns out, three people showed up for the rally. There were actually more cops there than Hill supporters, so perhaps that’s a hopeful sign.

Hill has a few arraignment and other court dates coming up presently. He’s expected to face enough charges of attempted murder of police officers to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. Assuming they don’t blow the prosecution because of this “offer.”

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Philly Police Shooter Had a Long History of Criminal Activity

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New information has rolled in about the recent suspect who shot police officers in Philidelphia.

According to The Inquirer, the man who shot and injured six police officers has a long history of gun convictions and a past of trying to run away from justice. Maurice Hill, 36, is a Philadelphia native who is no stranger to crime:

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

The Inquirer has also reported that Hill has called his lawyer:

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff.

“My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.

Police say the incident happened as the Narcotics Strike Force were trying to serve Hill a search warrant on Wednesday around 4 p.m., resulting in the standoff with police. The police attempted to coax him out with bullhorns for several hours afterward.

During that time, Hill called Johnson “in a panic,” and Johnson continuously tried to tell him to surrender himself.

“I told him, ‘you gotta surrender, man,’” said Johnson according to the Inquirer.

Hill eventually gave himself up just after midnight.

The officers who were shot suffered no life-threatening injuries and were released shortly after being treated by the hospital.

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Philly cop shooter identified

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John was covering the standoff in Philadelphia last night, where an armed suspect had shot six police officers after authorities attempted to execute a warrant for suspected drug dealing. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and as of this morning, they had all been released from local hospitals. The good news is that the suspect was eventually taken into custody without further violence. An attorney who was familiar with the suspect had been in contact with him and was allowed to come to the scene and meet with him in person. He eventually convinced him to lay down his weapon and surrender.

The shooter was later identified as Maurice Hill, age 38. And he has a rap sheet as long as your arm involving not just drug dealing, but gun crime convictions and violently resisting arrest. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff…

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

Even if you believe in the theory of three strikes and you’re out, this guy has long since used up all of his chances. With a record like that and now six cop shootings added to the list, he really has no need to see the outside of a jail cell for the rest of his life. Frankly, after you fire on that many cops, it’s a miracle he was able to leave the building on his own two feet. And if his attorney hadn’t arrived on the scene, he probably wouldn’t have.

In a display of just how much the Philly police have to put up with (in addition to being shot at) “helpful” neighbors of Mr. Hill were seen mocking, insulting and even shoving the police officers on the scene who were trying to take Hill into custody. This is apparently how they treat those who are there to protect and serve. (CBS Philadelphia)

While Philadelphia police officers were dealing with a gunman who shot six of their own during a standoff at a home in the Nicetown-Tioga section, cops also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders. CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff reports a crowd of people laughed and yelled at officers in the midst of gunfire during a standoff on Wednesday.

A reporter on the scene reported being harassed herself even as neighbors were complicating the job of the police with their disrespectful behavior.

Philadelphia has been dealing with a sustained spike in gun violence and other crime recently. And if this is the level of support they’re getting from residents, it may be a while before they can get it under control.

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Six police officers shot in Philadelphia, standoff continues

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Six police officers have been shot during an extended shootout that took place this afternoon in Philadelphia, PA. Local residents claimed they had heard as many as 100 shots fired. Some reports claimed that the shooter (or shooters) had live-streamed a portion of the incident. The Washington Post has more on the injured officers:

Local media reported that officers were attempting to serve a warrant at the house and were greeted by gunfire.

One officer was shot in the head, but is “conscious and communicating,” police told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A second officer was hit in one or both arms, and the rest suffered unknown gunshot wounds.

Additional officers were also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries, Gripp said, adding that all wounds were “non-life-threatening.” The officers were transported to the nearby Temple University Hospital.

6ABC Philadelphia has some dramatic video of one officer who ran to a squad car. If you look closely you’ll see that blood is pouring from a wound on his arm. You can see hitting the street and the street is covered in blood after he leaves. The driver of the squad car comes inches away from backing into another car in his rush to get out of the area (and presumably get the injured officer to a hospital).

And here’s another clip shot from a helicopter showing a second injured officer being evacuated from the scene. Keep your eyes on the right side of the image:

Moments ago (as I write this) Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said at least one shooter is still armed:

But at least one person was arrested at the scene though it’s not clear if he was involved in the shooting. Police picked him up and carried him to a car where he was taken away.

Now the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting there are two officers still trapped in the building where the shooting began.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said two officers remain trapped inside the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street where the shootout first erupted at 4:30 p.m.

A suspect inside the house was livestreaming on Facebook, police said, as officers worked into the evening, trying to get the gunman to surrender…

Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned down on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said.

Four women who were escorted out of the area where the shooting took place praised police for keeping them safe:

Four women escorted from the scene where six Philadelphia police officers were shot say police saved them after they were trapped inside a Nicetown-Tioga home where the suspected gunman was barricaded inside. The women say they were on the second floor at the time of the shootout.

“I thank God for these cops. They’re good people. Don’t say nothing bad about them, they kept us safe the whole time,” one of the women told CBS3.

That’s all for now. I’ll update this story tonight once the standoff ends.

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More on the San Antonio ICE office shooting

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First thing this morning, Taylor looked at the shooting that took place at the ICE offices in San Antonio. While we can all be grateful that nobody was injured (though someone apparently missed taking a headshot by a matter of inches), I wanted to circle around and hit a couple more details. The first thing to note is that they took a suspect into custody earlier, but later cleared the person of any involvement and released them. Perhaps more interesting (and valuable) is the evaluation of these events from San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible. (KENS News)

ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible says the national discourse surrounding ICE and the topic of immigration is reckless, blaming today’s shooting on politicians, media and activists.

“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” said Bible. “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts. ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”

Let’s keep in mind that this isn’t an isolated incident. Here are the attacks on ICE offices just from this summer.

Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, CO

The next thing to note is that most of the media appears to be treating this shooting as a “local news story,” as we so often say. As I’m writing this post this morning, I have seen a grand total of one mention of this on CNN today, though I suppose it’s possible I missed one. And there hasn’t been any deeper analysis of why it happened, etc. Just the straight “who, where, when, how” type of journalism. I checked on their website to see if there was more coverage and tweeted the results of my search.

The thing is, you can’t have it both ways. If you’re going to blame Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration for shootings targeting minorities, you can’t simply turn around and ignore this. We have Democratic presidential candidates, “squad” activists, cable news anchors and editorials from major newspapers constantly demonizing ICE, calling for it to be abolished and blaming all manner of human misery on immigration enforcement offices who are simply upholding the law.

How can you observe all of this in context and not blame their rhetoric for the fact that people are shooting up or trying to bomb ICE offices and last night came within inches of murdering someone? The answer is that you can’t, at least if you want to label yourself as an unbiased observer of events.

We’re also seeing far too much conflation of the various moving parts in these stories. That’s another reason I wanted to follow up on Taylor’s post. While he covered the facts of the case as we know them so far and was careful to insist that nothing excuses the actions of the person or persons doing the shooting last night, he spends four long paragraphs on all the rest of the noise. He talks about videos of crying children whose parents have been detained and questions whether we have the constitutional right to enact immigration restrictions. Links to stories about “concentration camps” and a humanitarian crisis are included.

As far as I’m concerned, none of that has a place in the coverage of any of these attacks. If you disagree with current immigration law or the policies guiding the actions of immigration enforcement agencies, fine. Protest those. Work to change them. Vote for Democrats if you want the agencies abolished and the borders open. All of these are options open to one and all.

But the urgent matter of the moment is the fact that people are shooting at and trying to bomb federal offices and personnel and if this keeps up, our luck is going to run out sooner or later and someone is going to be seriously injured or killed. If you want to use your opposition to immigration policy as a reason to cheer on, excuse or simply ignore these attacks, you are no longer part of a political debate. You are sanctioning terrorism. And if you are one of those high profile individuals who are out there demonizing ICE and you’ve been blaming the President for inciting violence, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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