The “Mysterious” Rise In Violent Crime

The “Mysterious” Rise In Violent Crime

Yes, that is utterly and completely unfathomable, isn’t it?:

Violent crimes ranging from homicides to rapes to robberies have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities so far this year.

But experts can’t point to a single reason why and the jump isn’t enough to suggest there’s a trend.

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APTOPIX Suspect Dies Baltimore

Suspect Dies Baltimore

Baffling.  Completely baffling.

But have no fear, my friends, for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer is on the case:

Barack Obama commuted the sentences of forty-two federal prisoners Friday, as the White House intensifies its push to free nonviolent drug offenders from prisons.

The president has now shortened the sentences of 348 people during his presidency, more than the previous seven presidents combined. The White House has accelerated its efforts to release prisoners in the tail end of the president’s second term.

 The Obama administration asked the U.S. Sentencing Commission to allow imprisoned drug offenders to apply for reduced sentences in 2014, and began a program to expedite thousands of clemency requests.

I rather doubt that he’s excluding violent criminals from that anti-dragnet.  And doesn’t that process usually begin with “nonviolent” offenses and “progress” to the violent variety in fairly short order?  Sounds to me like O is laying in a guaranteed supply of fresh meat for the latter.

But who cares about that when it’s “racist cops” that are clearly the REAL problem, right?  Well, that and “guns,” of course.  Goodness gracious, what was I thinking?

Better call Robert Stack and the Scooby Doo gang to crack this conundrum right away.  It’s a mind-twister, alright.

 

Two Of The Baltimore Six Sue Marilyn Mosby For Defamation

Two Of The Baltimore Six Sue Marilyn Mosby For Defamation

Another instance in which I find myself asking, “What took them so long”?  And also, “Only two of them are suing Double-M?”:

Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy, court records show.

Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are both facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the twenty-five-year-old’s death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff’s Office Major Sam Cogen, and the State of Maryland Baltimore Circuit Court on May 2, records show.

The officers claim Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at her May 1st, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”

“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges.

Actually, in this case, these defamation suits should probably have waited.  The black Sergeant White’s trial hasn’t yet begun, and Officer Porter’s first trial was a hung jury and he is presumably going to be prosecuted again.  Consequently, their respective defamation suits would stand a better chance of succeeding after Mrs. Mosby fails to convict them of anything, given that they are grounded on the assertion that all the charges announced in her “HEY, LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE U.S. SENATOR/GOVERNOR/PRESIDEN OF THE UNITED STATES!!!” presser a year and change ago are false.  At this point they have not yet been proven false beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court – where, just as a reminder, the standard of proof is higher than in a civil tort case.

So why were the suits filed now?  Waters-muddying and, I’m assuming, gun-jumping greed.  Besides, high-profile inquisitions like this one are fought at least as much in the media as they are in the courtroom.  These salvos are a-flight in the former.  And if they happen to eventually hit their target as well where it hurts the most, so much the better.

It kinda muddies the waters all by itself that both plaintiffs and the primary defendant are African-American though.  Are we supposed to ignore that, or are Sergeant White and Officer Porter not “authentically” black because they’re cops?

If they do win, they won’t need those jobs anymore, that’s for sure.