Monthly Archives: February 2017

A teen was shot by a watchman 5 years ago. And the Trayvon Martin case became a cause

Five years ago this week, a Miami-Dade teen was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain outside a Central Florida apartment complex. The events that night, involving 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 28-year-old George Zimmerman. Here are several key stories from the Miami Herald archive on the case, which gripped the state and the country with issues of race relations, neighborhood crime, self-defense and profiling of black youth.

THE SHOOTING, February 2012

Trayvon Martin traveled to Sanford on a trip with his father. The teen returned to his Miami home in a body bag.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood crime watch captain.

The circumstances of the shooting are still unknown, but George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who shot Martin, told police he shot in self-defense.

READ MORE: Five years after his death, a few words about Trayvon

After getting few answers from police, Martin’s

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article135413214.html

Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford five …

Five years ago this week, a Miami-Dade teen was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain outside a Central Florida apartment complex. The events that night, involving 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 28-year-old George Zimmerman. Here are several key stories from the Miami Herald archive on the case, which gripped the state and the country with issues of race relations, neighborhood crime, self-defense and profiling of black youth.

THE SHOOTING, February 2012

Trayvon Martin traveled to Sanford on a trip with his father. The teen returned to his Miami home in a body bag.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood crime watch captain.

The circumstances of the shooting are still unknown, but George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who shot Martin, told police he shot in self-defense.

READ MORE: Five years after his death, a few words about Trayvon

After getting few answers from police, Martin’s

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article135413214.html

Holding Out For Hope May Get You Killed ~ Self Defense VIDEOS

Gun Talk Radio Tom Gresham
Gun Talk Radio Tom Gresham

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  Waiting for someone else to help can get you hurt … or killed.

Would you believe a two-hour police response to a home invasion? You can find the story (video above) about how that happened here.

Sure, something got screwed up with the police, and they usually do a much better job, but the point is that it’s just foolish to depend upon others for your safety.

I recently read a training article from a career cop which may help get your mind in the right place. Chelley Seibert, a former Officer of the Year, was quoted in the Force Science Institute newsletter (highly recommended). This part paints the picture of just how evil some people are, and may help you recalibrate your idea

Read more at: http://www.ammoland.com/2017/02/hope-may-get-you-killed/

Good Samaritan helps stop suspected drunk driver

 

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas- Troopers put the brakes on a suspected drunk driver in Galveston County on Sunday thanks to the actions of a local man they’re calling a “hero”.

Jonathan Chumley and his wife followed the driver, staying on the line with 911 until law enforcement could stop his car and make the arrest.

“I don’t feel like a hero, I’m just happy to get him off the road,” said Chumley.

For Chumley, what started out as an easy drive with his wife, young daughters, and stepdaughter from the mall back home to Galveston on Sunday evening quickly turned into a close call for his family and dozens of others going southbound on I-45 near La Marque.

“We just passed Bucees’ we’re doing 70-80 miles per hour, and all of a sudden there’s a car

Read more at: http://www.khou.com/news/crime/man-helps-trooper-stop-suspected-drunk-driver/415750801

Help find suspects in Good Samaritan assault at QT in Greenville

GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – Police need your help finding 2 male suspects and 3 female witnesses in an assault at QT at Woodruff Rd. at Verdae.

They say two men assaulted the victim on 2/25 early Saturday morning.

The victim tried to step between the man wearing the blue baseball hat and the woman pictured with the phone in her hand, according to police.

They say she was trying to call police on the man for another assault he allegedly committed prior to the incident at QT.

The victim was being a “Good Samaritan” and trying to stop the man from assaulting the woman when he and another man starting hitting the victim.

Police are trying to identify the men as subjects in the assault and battery.

They say they are trying to identify the woman as witnesses to the crime and to identify the men.

Anyone with information on the identity of these people is asked

Read more at: http://wspa.com/2017/02/27/help-find-suspects-in-qt-assault-in-greenville/

Do most mass shootings happen in gun-free zones, as Florida …

In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse night club in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in places such as airports, schools, college campuses, police stations and polling places. Florida leads the nation in conceal-carry permits, with more than 1.7 million permits.

Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran supports expanding the list of places permit holders can carry their guns, possibly as a way to avert future attacks. (So does President Donald Trump, who promised to get rid of gun-free zones in schools and military bases.)

“Most of these mass shootings take place in arenas where you’re not allowed to have a concealed weapons permit,” he told CBS4 Miami’s Jim DeFede on

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article135237299.html

Fact-checking a claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse night club in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in places such as airports, schools, college campuses, police stations and polling places. Florida leads the nation in conceal-carry permits, with more than 1.7 million permits.

Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran supports expanding the list of places permit holders can carry their guns, possibly as a way to avert future attacks. (So does President Donald Trump, who promised to get rid of gun-free zones in schools and military bases.)

“Most of these mass shootings take place in arenas where you’re not allowed to have a concealed weapons permit,” he told CBS4 Miami’s Jim DeFede on

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article135237299.html

Reeves’ attorneys continue to question thoroughness of detectives’ investigation

DADE CITY — Did the detective know that a cellphone can weigh more than a baseball? More than a billiard cue ball?

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Those were among the defense questions asked in the waning days of a “stand your ground” hearing for Curtis Reeves, accused of killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014.

Today, Reeves himself is expected to testify, breaking his silence for the first time.

But on Monday, his attorneys busied themselves attacking the detective work that was done after Reeves shot a man inside the Cobb Grove 16 theaters. That attack drew protests from prosecutors, who argued that what led to Reeves’ arrest wasn’t relevant to the judge.

Reeves, a 74-year-old retired Tampa police captain, faces a second-degree

Read more at: http://www.beaches.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/reeves-attorneys-continue-to-question-thoroughness-of-detectives/2314662

Woman Fires Gun At I-77 Traffic, NC Good Samaritan

A bystander stops to help a woman out — only to be shot at. It was all caught on tape.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Witnesses caught a woman firing a gun into traffic on I-77 near Westinghouse Boulevard on camera.

Sasha Turner reached out to WCNC after he witnessed the frightening event. He was a bystander who first stopped to help.

“She was acting crazy… frantic… walking up and down the median,” Turner said.

RELATED: 76 Gunshot Wounds, 0 Police Cameras, Countless Questions

Turner says when he saw a woman pacing back and forth on I-77’s median Saturday morning, he pulled over nearby to help.

But as he and another driver tried to wave people away from crashing into the woman’s car, she fired a gun.

“She shot at me three times,” Turner said. “Knowing she had fired shots at me, into traffic, I really couldn’t believe it.”

Turner recorded the event on his phone as the

Read more at: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/crime/woman-fires-gun-multiple-times-into-i-77-traffic/415373459

Law professor: Lawsuit in police shooting can pose challenges

NEW ORLEANS — When a woman and her son filed a civil lawsuit in
the death of her boyfriend and father of her child, she set herself
up for a long legal road, according to one law professor.

According to Orleans Parish Civil District Court records, cited in
a report
by The Advocate, Tyshara Blouin, 23, and her young son, Carter Eric
Harris, have filed a civil lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s
Office deputies and Sheriff Newell Normand. They are seeking
unspecified damages in the Feb. 8, 2016, shooting death of Eric
Harris, 22, in Central City. The child is Harris’ son with Blouin.

According to police records, Harris was fatally shot by Jefferson
Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies in 2016 in New Orleans.

William Quigley, a law professor and director of the Law Clinic
and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University in New
Orleans, said the case

Read more at: http://louisianarecord.com/stories/511084486-law-professor-lawsuit-in-police-shooting-can-pose-challenges