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Police Change Vegas Shooting Story Again

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Renegade Editor’s Note: You would think there would be footage of this all so as to clarify the story, but I guess whatever CCTV video is available is going to stay in (((Las Vegas))). Still no one has showed me any evidence of bullets impacting either people or inanimate objects. Strange, huh? “Never let a good crisis actor go to waste.”

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Las Vegas, NV — Earlier this week, police investigating the Las Vegas shooting made headlines when they changed the official timeline of events in the deadly massacre on October 1.

They had initially reported that gunman Stephen Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos after he fired into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Campos was credited with stopping the attack. This week, the Los Angeles Times further summarized the original timeline:

In a timeline released last week, investigators said Paddock had stopped firing at the concert across the street at 10:15 p.m., and the first police officers arrived on the floor at 10:17 p.m. and encountered the wounded Campos at 10:18 p.m., who directed the officers to Paddock’s suite.

This summary came from a report released Monday of this week when the official story first changed. This week, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Paddock had fired on Campos at 9:59 pm, a full six minutes before the attack began — not after he stopped shooting into the crowd. This created new questions as to why Paddock stopped firing on concertgoers considering it apparently was not a result of Campos diverting his attention.

Now, just days later, police have again changed their timeline, clarifying that Paddock did not actually shoot Campos six minutes before the rampage began. The Chicago Tribune reports that amid claims from the MGM Hotel Group that contradict the second timeline offered Monday, authorities altered their sequence of events.

The Tribune noted that “new questions surrounding the shooting have centered on the law enforcement response and the timeline, which had been changed multiple times and challenged by MGM Resorts International, the Mandalay Bay’s owner.

The outlet explained further:

Lombardo had said on Monday that Campos, the guard, was shot at 9:59 p.m. and that the mass shooting began at 10:05 p.m., lasting for 10 minutes. This six-minute gap relayed by Lombardo left uncertain whether there was any lag in alerting police to the source of the gunfire during critical moments. Police said they arrived on the 32nd floor at 10:17 p.m., after Paddock had stopped firing.

“MGM, though, said it was ‘confident’ that the 9:59 p.m. time was inaccurate and ‘was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have.’ The company also disputed the suggestion of a lag and said the mass shooting began within a minute of Campos being shot on the 32nd floor.

According to a statement from MGM:

We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio.”

The Tribune summarized Lombardo’s most recent explanation:

Upon investigation, [Lombardo] said, police learned that Campos first encountered a barricaded door on the 32nd floor at 9:59 p.m., and that he was fired upon by Paddock ‘in close proximity to’ 10:05 p.m., when police say the mass shooting began.

“’He attempted to relay that information via his radio and it was confirmed because he also relayed that information via his cell phone,’ Lombardo said. ‘So the timeline associated to both of those sources have been verified.’

The sheriff did not specify when police were informed of the security guard’s report.

Earlier in the week, Lombardo expressed frustration at questions over the changing timeline. “Nobody’s trying to be nefarious, nobody’s trying to hide anything, and what we want to do is draw the most accurate picture we can,” he said Wednesday.

Daniel Oates, who served as police chief of Aurora, Colorado, when James Holmes opened fire on a movie theater in 2012, defended police’s changing story. “I see this as being ridiculously hard on the people who are trying to get information out, get the totality of that story,” he said. “This stuff takes time.” The Tribune reported that experts “cautioned that it can take time for even basic information about what occurred during events like the one in Las Vegas to come together” (though, in that article, the outlet did not identify specific experts beyond Oates).

Either way, the jumbled timeline continues to draw questions and skepticism, exacerbated further by reports at the end of this week that Campos ‘disappeared’ shortly before he was scheduled to appear at a press conference on Thursday. The report is circulating mostly in right-wing corners of the news media; it was reported by Fox News and has been re-reported by several other right-leaning outlets. The general story appears to have been confirmed by ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, who tweeted Thursday evening: “Media scrum tonight as we learn security officer shot in Vegas attack, Jesus Campos’ whereabouts are unknown.”

Media scrum tonight as we learn security officer shot in Vegas attack, Jesus Campos’ whereabouts are unknown.

Jesus Campos was set to do 5 intvs tonight per union president, but they’ve lost contact. ‘We were in a room & we came out & he was gone,’” she also tweeted.

Jesus Campos was set to do 5 intvs tonight per union president, but they’ve lost contact. “We were in a room & we came out & he was gone”

An independent journalist reported on Twitter that Campos’ family is under a gag order, however that remains unconfirmed.

Despite an influx of criticism and claims of cover-ups, Lombardo insists they are simply doing their best to relay information to the public and gather information and suggested the timeline could continue to change.

“There is no conspiracy between the FBI, between LVMPD and the MGM,” he said this week. “Nobody is attempting to hide anything in reference to this investigation. The dynamics and the size of this investigation requires us to go through voluminous amounts of information in order to draw an accurate picture.


This article originally appeared on The Anti-Media.

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Stymied police seek help in uncovering Vegas gunman’s motive

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After five days of scouring the life of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock and chasing 1,000 leads, investigators confessed Friday they still don’t know what drove him to mass murder, and they announced plans to put up billboards appealing for the public’s help.

In their effort to find any hint of his motive, investigators were looking into whether he was with a prostitute days before the shooting, scrutinizing cruises he took and trying to make sense of a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it found in his hotel room, a federal official said.

So far, examinations of Paddock’s politics, finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior — typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings — have turned up little.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said. “We have looked at literally everything.”

The FBI announced that billboards would go up around the city asking anyone with information to phone 800-CALL-FBI.

“If you know something, say something,” said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office. “We will not stop until we have the truth.”

Paddock, a reclusive 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, rained bullets on the crowd at a country music festival Sunday night from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 and wounding hundreds before taking his own life.

McMahill said investigators had reviewed voluminous video from the casino and don’t think Paddock had an accomplice in the shooting, but they want to know if anyone knew about his plot beforehand.

Investigators believe Paddock hired a prostitute in the days leading up to the shooting and were interviewing other call girls for information, a US official briefed by federal law enforcement officials said. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official also disclosed that Paddock took at least a dozen cruises abroad in the last few years, most of them with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. At least one sailed to the Middle East.

It is unusual to have so few hints of a motive five days after a mass shooting. In previous mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer — or even phoned police.

“The lack of a social media footprint is likely intentional,” said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California. “We’re so used to, in the first 24 to 48 hours, being able to review social media posts. If they don’t leave us a note behind or a manifesto behind, and we’re not seeing that, that’s what’s making this longer.”

What officers have found is that Paddock planned his attack meticulously.

He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival, stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of them modified to fire continuously like an automatic weapon, and set up cameras inside and outside his room to watch for approaching officers.

In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

His arsenal also included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter’s firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told AP. It wasn’t clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the high-rise massacre.

Paddock bought 1,000 rounds of the .308-caliber and .223-caliber tracer ammunition from a private buyer he met at a Phoenix gun show, a law enforcement official not authorized to comment on the investigation said on condition of anonymity.

Tracer rounds illuminate their path so a gunman can home in on targets at night. But they can also give away the shooter’s position.

Video shot of the pandemonium that erupted when Paddock started strafing the festival showed a muzzle flash from his room at the Mandalay Bay resort, but bullets weren’t visible in the night sky.

Investigators are looking into Paddock’s mental health and any medications he was on, McMahill said.

His girlfriend, Danley, told FBI agents Wednesday that she had not noticed any changes in his mental state or indications he could become violent, the federal official said.

Paddock sent Danley on a trip to her native Philippines before the attack, and she was unaware of his plans and devastated when she learned of the carnage while overseas, she said in a statement.

Police Release Report With Claims the Fmr British PM “Raped an 11-year-old Boy”

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By Matt Agorist

On Thursday, Wiltshire Police in the United Kingdom released the finding of their years-long investigation into the alleged pedophilia of the Right Honorable Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain. The results of theinvestigation, dubbed Operation Conifer, are scathing, to say the least.

For years, the citizens of the UK have been calling the lack of investigation into the former Prime Minister a cover-up by the state. And, for years, they were right.

As TFTP reported in February, more than 30 people have now come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former leader of the Conservative Party and PM. Police investigators said the victims all gave ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of the sexual abuse and none of the individuals were known to each other.

Despite victims’ claims falling on the deaf ears of authorities for years, one good cop decided in 2015 that he was going to look into them.

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Wiltshire police chief constable Mike Veale said the findings were a “watershed moment” for those who believed that there had been a state cover-up for senior figures involved in child sexual abuse.

Wiltshire police have spent the past two years reviewing allegations of crimes by Sir Edward against 40 people, including two while he was prime minister. The allegations included child sexual abuse and rape and indecent assault, physical abuse and sexual abuse against an adult. Each allegation was investigated, and in 24 cases the police took a direct statement from the alleged victim. In their concluding report, released on Thursday, they said that in relation to seven of the alleged victims, the evidence they gathered would have warranted Sir Edward’s interview under caution.

Because Heath is now deceased, he is unable to stand trial and police noted that it would be inappropriate at this moment to conclude the guilt of Heath.

Paul Mills, the police commander for Operation Conifer, said Sir Edward would have been interviewed “to obtain his account in relation to the allegations made against him.”

“It is clearly inappropriate to speculate what his response would have been… and no inference of guilt should be drawn by the decision to interview him.”

However, Veale noted there were “compelling and obvious” reasons to investigate the allegations about Sir Edward Heath, according to the Herald.

“(He) was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person, arguably one of the most powerful people in the world,” he said.

Mr Veale believes the investigation “signals a watershed moment for people and victims who have suggested or implied there has been a state cover-up for some senior figures who may have been involved in child sexual abuse”.

The alleged offenses against those victims were:

  • In 1961, allegedly raping and indecently assaulting an 11-year-old boy during a “paid sexual encounter in private”.
  • In 1962, indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy during a “chance encounter in a public place” in the company of another adult male.
  • Around 1964, indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy during three paid sexual encounters.
  • In 1967, indecently assaulting a 15-year-old male in private “during a chance encounter in a public building”.
  • In 1976, indecently assaulting, over clothing, an adult male at a public event.
  • Around 1992, indecently assaulting an adult male after consent was withdrawn in a paid sexual encounter in a hotel.
  • Around 1991, indecently assaulting a male aged between 12 and 14 during a “chance encounter in private gardens”.

While there is no formal guilty finding, earlier this year, as TFTP reported, Veale regarded the allegations as ‘totally convincing.’

According to the source at the Daily Mail, “‘Mr. Veale believes in them 120 percent and thinks they are totally convincing.”

“There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The same names used for him, the same places and same type of incidents keep coming up.

“What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail.

“It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned.”

“The police were initially skeptical about the allegations, but now believe them. And they have come round to the view that they were covered up in the past because of who Heath was,” said another source speaking of how the alleged crimes were covered up.

According to investigators, Heath’s estate claims that he could never have committed these crimes because he did not have the ability to drive a car. However, multiple photographs, witnesses, and video show that he did drive and he did have a car.

After losing his chauffeur-driven car of which he was entitled to as the PM, he purchased his own vehicle.

According to the report in the Mail:

The disclosures come after several senior politicians dismissed the allegations against Heath as absurd and unfounded. Former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind complained Heath’s reputation was being ‘besmirched’. Heath’s sexuality has been the source of much speculation over the years. Some believed he was gay, others said he was ‘asexual.’ At one point, he was being investigated by no fewer than five police forces – the Met, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent and Jersey.

The claims, some of which have been proved false, include alleged links to a convicted brothel keeper known as Madame Ling-Ling. A paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle said he offered young boys trips on his yacht, and in a separate incident one man claimed Sir Edward picked him up hitchhiking in Kent as a 12-year-old in the 1960s and lured him to his Mayfair flat.

Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward. However the claims Mr Veale is investigating, which date from the 1960s to 1990s, are not linked to the discredited evidence of the man known as ‘Nick’, who alleged a high-level paedophile ring.

Interestingly, the Heath investigation in many ways mirrors the high-profile pedophilia scandal that has already gripped the U.K., before being unceremoniously swept under the rug. In that case, historical abuse by politically connected elites, celebrities, and politicians was brought to light — with an official inquiry being started — only to have the inquiry “crumble” after heavy pressure was exerted by highly placed power brokers within the U.K. establishment. Heath may have just been lucky enough to escape the pedo spotlight back then.

Given all of the revelations on pedophilia coming out of the U.K. establishment, the idea of a massive pedophile ring among the elite can hardly be written off as ‘speculation.’

However, even in spite of police noting that the allegations are serious and warrant further investigation, ex-Tory MP Matthew Parris dismissed the allegations, saying: ‘If Heath was a child abuser, I’m an aardvark.’

Ridicule, as we all know, is one of the easiest ways to distract attention away from the truth. Sadly, it almost always seems to work.


This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.

Defying police, Catalans gather at polling stations for separation vote

BARCELONA, Spain — Catalans defied rain and police orders to leave designated polling stations Sunday ahead of a banned referendum on the region’s secession that has challenged Spain’s political and institutional order.

The country’s Constitutional Court has suspended the vote and the Spanish central government says it’s illegal. Regional separatist leaders have pledged to hold it anyway and have called on 5.3 million eligible voters to cast ballots.

Defiant crowds gathered before dawn Sunday in Barcelona and towns across Catalonia at schools and some of the other 2,315 facilities designated as polling stations. They were joining parents, children and activists who occupied the buildings over the weekend to make sure that polls open at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

It was unclear how many of the polling stations would be able to open, if any at all. The Ministry of Interior didn’t provide a number late on Saturday when it said that “most” of them had been sealed off and that only “some” remained occupied.

Police have received orders to avoid the use of force and only have been warning people to vacate the facilities. They are also supposed to confiscate ballots and ballot boxes.

Activist Augsti Gil said there were no ballots or ballot boxes early Sunday at Barcelona’s Joan Fuster high school, where hundreds have gathered ahead of the vote, but he expected them to arrive by the time polls opened.

Tension has been on the rise since the vote was called in early September, crystallizing years of defiance by separatists in the affluent region, which contributes a fifth of Spain’s 1.1 trillion-euro economy ($1.32 trillion.)

Spain’s 2008-2013 financial crisis and harsh austerity measures fueled frustration in Catalonia for setbacks in efforts to gain greater autonomy, with many Catalans feeling they could do better on their own.

Courts and police have been cracking down for days to halt the vote, confiscating 10 million paper ballots and arresting key officials involved in the preparations. On Saturday, Civil Guard agents dismantled the technology to connect voting stations, count the votes and vote online, leading the Spanish government to announce that holding the referendum would be “impossible.”

Joaquim Bosch, a 73 year-old retiree at Princep de Viana high school, where a crowd of 20 people was growing Sunday morning, said he was uneasy about a possible police response to the crowds.

“I have come to vote to defend the rights of my country, which is Catalonia,” Bosch said. “I vote because of the mistreatment of Catalonia by Spain for many years.”

On Saturday, Spain’s foreign minister dismissed the planned vote as anti-democratic, saying it runs “counter to the goals and ideals” of the European Union.

“What they are pushing is not democracy. It is a mockery of democracy, a travesty of democracy,” Alfonso Dastis told The Associated Press in an interview.

Dozens of protests have been taking place in Catalonia and across Spain, some to condemn the crackdown on the vote and others supporting the nation’s unity against the independence bid.

Separatist Catalan leaders have pledged to declare independence from Spain within 48 hours of Sunday’s vote if the ‘yes’ side wins.No minimum turnout has been set for the validity of the vote by Catalan authorities. Regional government officials initially hoped for a turnout greater than the 2.3 million people who voted in a mock referendum in 2014 in which 80 percent favored independence but have recently signaled that they would consider the vote valid with a lower number given the challenges to hold it.

Dozens injured as police scuffle with voters in banned Catalonia poll

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BARCELONA, Spain — Catalonia’s emergency services said Sunday they had treated 38 people who were injured in a police crackdown at polling stations for an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Thirty-five people were lightly injured, while three others were “more seriously” hurt, they said on Twitter, adding that nine of the injured had to be taken to health centers. “The injuries were mostly bruises, dizziness and anxiety attacks,” they added.

Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in the referendum.

Scuffles broke out as police moved in to seal off polling stations and seize ballot boxes to prevent people from voting across the wealthy northeastern region where more than 5.3 million people have been called upon to have their say on independence from Spain.

In central Barcelona, riot police forced their way inside a school to seize ballot boxes, charging at demonstrators who were sitting on the ground blocking their way, witnesses said.

Witnesses said police in Barcelona also fired rubber bullets, with one demonstrator showing AFP a leg injury he suffered.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont blasted the “unjustified violence.”

Riot police also stormed a polling station near Girona, smashing the glass doors of the sports center where Puigdemont was due to vote, then cutting a chain to force their way in.

Inside, they bagged up ballot boxes in black trash bags, wrapping them in police tape before hauling them away.

But the regional government said Puigdemont had managed to vote anyway, tweeting pictures of him casting his ballot in Cornella del Terri, some 10 kilometers (six miles) away.

The drama unfolded after a night of tension in which thousands of people, both nervous and excited, had gathered outside polling stations before dawn.

People were injured earlier today in Spain’s police raid in Sant Carles de la Rapita. 

In Barcelona, rows of police vans were in the streets, their blue lights flashing as officers in riot gear, some carrying heavy bolt cutters, walked through the street as crowds thronged the streets outside a polling station.

“Votarem, votarem!” — Catalan for “We will vote!” — they chanted, many with their hands in the air.

As the rain poured down in Barcelona, students and activists who had spent the night in schools gathered outside with locals to “defend” these polling stations from police as cars drove by honking their horns in support.

Pacific defenders of the referendum being kicked by Spanish police with fury. You have got to watch this…

Catalan television broadcast footage of crowds in towns and villages all over region ahead of the referendum, which has triggered one of the worst political crises in Spain in decades.

Although the region is divided over independence, most people want to vote on the matter in legal, binding plebiscite.

“The government today is in a position to affirm that we can celebrate the referendum of self-determination — not as we wanted, but (it will have democratic) guarantees,” government spokesman Jordi Turull told reporters.

The night before the vote, those occupying the polling stations were told to hand out flowers as a sign of peaceful resistance if the police arrived.

“If someone wants to trouble you, you must remain very calm, smile, practice passive resistance — we have a lot of carnations to hand out — and try to delay them as much as possible from taking away our ballot box,” said Joan Font, a 37-year-old teacher.

But the interior ministry said it had started seizing ballot boxes, adding police were “continuing to deploy in Catalonia” to stop the referendum.

Spain’s central government is staunchly against the vote, which has been ruled unconstitutional by the courts, and has vowed to stop it from taking place.

On orders of judges and prosecutors, police have seized ballot papers, detained key organizers and shut down websites promoting the vote.

Thousands of riot police are shooting at voters in Barcelona.pic.twitter.com/BSlEHo7OXg

Spanish civil guard riot squad smashing doors of Puigdemont’s polling station in Catalonia.

The ballot boxes have been at the center of attention during the crisis, with many wondering where they were hidden and how they would be delivered to polling stations.

Whatever happens, Sunday’s referendum result will not be recognized by Madrid, and almost certainly not by the international community.

Spain’s interior ministry on Saturday said police had closed most of the 2,315 polling stations across Catalonia.

But dozens of others were occupied by teachers, parents, students and activists determined to let people in anyway, with schools coming up with innovative ways to stay open over the weekend by organizing activities ranging from kids’ pajama parties to volleyball games.

A regional government source said voting may also happen in other places like health centers and even retirement homes, with people able to cast their ballots at any voting station by using their passports or other identification documents.

Turull said there would be ballots papers at all polling stations but voters could also use home-printed versions downloaded from the internet.

Earlier this week, the Mossos d’Esquadra Catalan police warned about the risk of “disruption of public order” if people were prevented from casting ballots.

Thousands of riot police are shooting at voters in Barcelona.pic.twitter.com/BSlEHo7OXg

Spanish civil guard riot squad smashing doors of Puigdemont’s polling station in Catalonia.

Madrid has sent thousands of extra police officers from other forces to Catalonia to stop the referendum from happening.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government has come under fire for limiting its response to the crisis to repeating that the referendum is unconstitutional.

“The state needs to explain the benefits of remaining united, instead of repeating all the time that the referendum is illegal,” said Rafael Castillo, a 59-year-old engineer at a rally in Madrid, wearing a scarf with the Spanish flag around his neck.

For help fighting terror, London police look to Israel

On June 3, three terrorists, wielding knives and fake explosive belts, drove a van into a crowd of pedestrians on the famous London Bridge, killing four people. They then exiting the vehicle and embarked on a rampage, stabbing to death four others, before they were shot dead by police officers.

Some 48 people were injured in the attack, which lasted approximately eight minutes, but whose ripples are still felt.

As London has sought to thwart terror, increasingly it has been learning from others’ expertise in countering so-called “lone wolf” attacks, including Israel’s.

The unorganized assaults, carried out by individuals or small cells with basic, readily available equipment, are notoriously difficult to prevent.

In the past year, the British capital experienced another combined car ramming-stabbing attack, in which six people were killed, along with the bombing of a subway train earlier this month that sent 18 people to the hospital with a variety of injuries.

Israel has found some success in countering these same type of attacks, by establishing physical barriers against vehicular assaults and by monitoring social media to find potential assailants before they attack.

Which is, in part, what brought City of London Police Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland to Israel this month.

As part of the British police’s search for methods to better prevent terror attacks, Sutherland visited the country to deliver an address at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya’s annual counterterrorism conference. During his visit, he met with representatives from the Israeli government, as well as local security technology companies, to see how their techniques and products could be integrated into his police department.

“We have to look to world experts in the realm of protective security, and Israel would be in that realm,” Sutherland said in an empty classroom on the IDC campus.

It was Sutherland’s sixth visit to Israel, and his second time speaking at the IDC.

Police departments in the United States and Europe have often come under criticism for cooperating with the Israel Police, amid protests over Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

But Sutherland said the City of London Police is not particularly concerned about the “controversy” associated with working with Israel, though it is “aware of it.”

As assistant commissioner of the City of London Police, Sutherland’s jurisdiction comprises the “Square Mile” of the capital’s historic and central business districts. The rest of the city is protected by the London Metropolitan Police Service, a separate force.

Despite representing a small geographic area, the City of London contains many of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, like the London Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as some of its most notable skyscrapers.

That makes the “Square Mile,” as it is known, a prime target for terrorists, as evident by the June attack.

The car-ramming prompted police to “make physical structure changes immediately” in order to prevent similar car-rammings in the future, Sutherland said.

As Israel did in 2015 and 2016 following a spate of rammings, the City of London Police has deployed bollards and fencing along popular streets using what’s known as the “National Barrier Asset,” Sutherland said.

The City of London Police are also looking to overhaul their surveillance and monitoring systems “to make it probably the most technologically smart control room and camera system in the world. That’s our ambition,” he said.

In order to bring together the best technology for the project, Sutherland has traveled to the US as well as to Israel.

“It’s likely that because of the contacts I’ve made here, I will now be sending officers back to Israel to speak to the Israel Police about some of the technology that they’re using,” he said.

Sutherland would not say which Israeli products and companies he was eyeing for the City of London Police, but said he was seeking both real-time monitoring and the ability to prevent terror attacks by finding assailants before they act.

On that front, Sutherland said the British police were also encouraging “social media providers to do more” to prevent inciting remarks from being published on their platforms.

He said the British police “work within very strict policy guidelines and frameworks” as it relates to monitoring social media.

“We understand our limits,” Sutherland said. “We’re very comfortable with the systems that we have in place.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that she is in favor of granting law enforcement a freer hand in cases involving terror suspects.

Speaking after the London Bridge attack, May said she supported “doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.

“And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it,” she said.

The Truth About Police Violence Against Black Men

The largely undisputed narrative about cops and black men goes like this: black males are victimized daily all over America by police harassment and brutality, even when innocent, and there is an epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men.

(Front Page Magazine)

This narrative is false, says Lemoine, and “distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face.” Furthermore, the news media acceptance of it “poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives.”

The reality, Lemoine declares, is that a random black male is “overwhelmingly unlikely” to be the victim of police violence, and any disparity that does exist between the violence blacks and whites experience in their encounter with cops “is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small.”

According to the Washington Post, just 16 unarmed black men out of a population of more than 20 million were killed by the police in 2016 – down from 36 the year before. These figures are numerically comparable to the number of black men that could be struck by lightning in any given year, Lemoine calculates, and they include cases in which the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed.

“Police killings of black unarmed males are incredibly rare, and it’s completely misleading to talk about an ‘epidemic of them,” he writes, pointing out that the left makes a similar comparison “when they argue that it’s completely irrational to fear that you might become a victim of terrorism.”

It’s not even true that black men are beaten on a regular basis by the police, or even pulled over constantly without reason. Using data from the Police-Public Contact Survey, based on a nationally representative sample of more than 70,000 U.S. residents age 16 or older, Lemoine notes that “black men are less likely than white men to have contact with the police in any given year.” Only 1.5 percent of black men have more than three contacts with the police in any given year, he points out – only marginally more than the 1.2 percent of white men who do.

Actual injuries by the police are so rare that they cannot even be estimated precisely, says Lemoine. “The data suggest that only 0.08 percent of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. A black man is about 44 times as likely to suffer a traffic-related injury.” Again, these figures include instances in which violence is legally justified.

There does exist a racial disparity in the police use of physical force, but this experience is rare for men of all races. Only 0.6 percent of black men experience physical force by the police in any given year, states Lemoine, compared to approximately 0.2 percent of white men. Granted, that is three times as often; however, this disparity is less likely to be the result of racial bias, as people commonly assume, than the fact that black men commit violent crimes at much higher rates than white men do.

Citing data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, Lemoine notes, that black men are three times as likely to commit violent crimes as white men. To the extent that cops are more likely to use force against people who commit violent crimes, which they surely are, this could easily explain the disparities we have observed in the rates at which the police use force. That’s not to say that bias plays no role; I’m sure it does play one. But it’s unlikely to explain a very large part of the discrepancy.

As for black Americans’ own perceptions of how they are mistreated by the police, Lemoine points out that individuals can be trusted about their own personal experiences, but “when it comes to larger social phenomena,” other factors come into play besides just their personal experience – the media, for example, which is very influential in terms of perpetuating the false narrative about police brutality against blacks. For example, most Americans believe that crime in the U.S. has increased since the 1990s, despite an abundance of information that crime has actually fallen dramatically. “[I]f people of any color can be wrong about this,” reasons Lemoine, “there is no reason to think black people can’t be wrong about the prevalence of police violence against minorities.”

His clear-eyed argument echoes the similarly fact-based presentation of Heather Mac Donald’s recent, essential read, The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. That sobering book warns that an “academic victimology industry” and a complicit media have stoked Black Lives Matter hatred of the police and propelled the current “anti-cop narrative to powerful mainstream status.”

Facts may be stubborn things, as John Adams said, but facts alone are not especially effective against a deeply entrenched, cultural narrative protected and promoted by forces such as the media. Smashing that false perception of an epidemic of police violence against black men will take a combination of the facts with an emotionally powerful counter-narrative – and enough minds that are receptive to truth.

Nashville woman (White Idiot, White Feminist) shot homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche — then left him to die: police

A 26-year-old Tennessee woman has been arrested after she shot a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche, Nashville metro detectives allege.

The Tennessean reports that 54-year-old homeless man Gerald Melton was critically injured this week when he was shot twice by Katie Quackenbush, who was driving a Porsche SUV near the area where he was trying to sleep.

Police say Melton asked Quackenbush to move the SUV because its exhaust fumes and loud music were impairing his ability to sleep. The two then got into a loud argument with each other, and then Quackenbush allegedly exited the vehicle holding a gun that she then used to shoot Melton twice, leaving him with a wounded abdomen.

Police say Quackenbush then got back into her car and fled the scene.

Quackenbush’s father, Texas attorney Jesse Quackenbush, defended his daughter after her arrest by claiming that the homeless man was threatening to kill her shortly before she decided to get out of the car and fire her weapon at him.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” he said. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him… She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times, but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him.”

Katie Quackenbush has been charged with attempted murder, and is scheduled to appear in court on October 6.

Police Union Holds Rally in Response to BLM Protest

The left-wing “Black Lives Matter” group seems to think it can bully and intimidate communities — but its members just got a taste of their own medicine.

Days ago, the anti-police group staged a protest over a suspect who was shot after an altercation with an officer.

That by itself isn’t terribly noteworthy… but where the rally was held should make your blood boil. According to WHYY News, the mob of protesters showed up at an officer’s home in northeast Philadelphia to intimidate his family.

Fed up with group’s thug-like tactics, a local police union held a “Back the Blue” rally of its own, and had some harsh words for BLM.

“When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” declared John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5.

“These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence,” he continued.

Black Lives Matter has stepped up their public demonstrations after the name of an officer involved in a June shooting was released.

That police officer is reportedly Ryan Pownall, who stopped a suspect named David Jones for riding an illegal dirt bike in Philadelphia.

During the stop, the veteran police officer allegedly discovered that Jones was carrying a handgun illegally. There was a fight, and Officer Pownall ended up using lethal force to stop the armed man from firing or escaping.

“A witness in back of Pownall’s police vehicle watched [Officer] Pownall pull his service weapon and warn Jones not to touch the gun, police said. The two men scuffled before Jones allegedly grabbed his handgun, according to police,” reported WCAU News.

A 9mm handgun was reportedly found at the scene, and at least one witness seems to confirm that Jones was armed and refused to stop when ordered by the police.

It’s one thing to make your voice heard, and peacefully demonstrate for a cause. However, a mob showing up at the home of a family crosses the line — and they’re nothing short of menacing hooligans.

Black Lives Matter chants vague slogans and calls for “justice,” but they never define what goals they’re actually seeking.

“Justice” does not mean that an alleged criminal can break the law, ignore a sworn police officer, and reach for a handgun without consequences. What BLM seems to want is inner-city anarchy.

The far-left group wrings its hands over gun violence, but then refuses to back the police officers trying to stop armed criminals. Black Lives Matter calls police racists thugs, but then escalates the thuggery and bigotry with statements that group all white Americans and police officers as the enemy.

Ironically, the thin blue line of officers is often the only thing that keeps urban areas from descending into complete chaos — but that point is entirely lost on the thuggish protesters who know only anger.

Police break up wedding involving 14-year-old girl

Police prevented a wedding involving a 14-year-old girl from taking place in central Israel on Monday evening, arresting the groom and father of the bride ahead of the ceremony.

The groom, in his twenties, and the father — who was set to conduct the marriage ceremony — were detained as family members and friends gathered at a Lod wedding hall, according to a report by Channel 2.

The two were later released to house arrest, with the illegal wedding called off.

Local Welfare Ministry representatives told the TV station there was no way to monitor whether the religious wedding ceremony would be covertly arranged at a later date, in violation of Israeli law.

The girl was a member of a Breslov Hasidic sect in the city, according to the TV report. The girl’s father was a rabbi in the community.