Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man Plows Van Into Crowd by London Mosque, Injuring 9

Man Plows Van Into Crowd by London Mosque, Injuring 9
(LONDON) — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.
One man died at the scene, although he had been receiving first aid at the time of the incident and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else.
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. The chaos outside the Finsbury Park Mosque follows three Islamist-inspired attacks over the past three months that have triggered a surge in hate crimes around Britain.
The Metropolitan Police Service, already stretched by its investigations of the earlier attacks and a high-rise apartment fire that is believed to have killed 79 people, immediately announced it was putting extra patrols on the streets to protect the public.
Police will assess the security of mosques and provide any additional resources needed ahead of celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Prime Minister Theresa May announced.
"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship," she said in a televised address. "And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart — and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. We will not let this happen."
The attack occurred about 12:20 a.m. when a speeding van swerved into worshippers who were giving first aid to a man outside the mosque. That man later died.
Police said the 47-year-old white man who drove the van has been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder. A mob surrounded the man and witnesses said the crowd began attacking him. A local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he organized a group of people and shielded the man until police could take him away.
"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm," he said.
Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, speaking to Sky News, said the attack clearly targeted Muslims leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.
"We have a witness saying that the guy who did what he did, the driver of the van, said 'I did my bit,' which means he's not mentally ill," Kacimi said. "This person was conscious. He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist."
But Kacimi said there was no need for the community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive."
"At this stage, we are calling for calm," he said.
Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, urged residents to focus on their shared values and to stand together during an unprecedented period in the capital's history. The attack Monday hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.
British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased nearly five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.
"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect," Khan said.
Vowing "zero tolerance" for hate crimes, Khan declared "we will not allow these terrorists to succeed ... we will stay a strong city."
The attack laid bare the frustrations of Muslims who feel they've been unfairly equated with the extremists who carry out atrocities in the name of Islam. Early police caution about declaring the incident terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.
Ali Habib, a 23-year-old student, said residents are angry that the mosque attack hasn't been portrayed in the same light as other attacks across Britain.
"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all for the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack," he said. "People are both scared and angry. Parents are scared to send their children to evening prayers. I don't think people understand how much these attacks affect all of us."
May attempted to counter that feeling in her speech, declaring that police arrived at the scene within one minute, and that it was classified as a possible terror attack in eight minutes. The prime minister, who has been criticized for failing to show compassion to victims, traveled to the mosque attack site within hours, and met with community and faith leaders.
Standing outside the door of Downing Street, she sought to convey that Britain would not fold in the face of the unprecedented series of horrific events — and that London in particular would stand as a bulwark against anything that sought to undermine freedom.
"Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate. These are the values that define this city, "she said. "These are the values that define this country. These are the values that this government will uphold. These are the values that will prevail.'
The Finsbury Park Mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, but it was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
The mosque's current leaders say they support inter-faith dialogue and want to serve the nearby community in north London, which is located near Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal soccer club. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who represents the area, uses the mosque as a place to meet with residents.
Britain's terror alert level is at "severe," meaning security officials believe an attack is highly likely, and a series of extremist attacks have struck across the country in the last few months.
On June 3, Islamic extremists used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound dozens of others on London Bridge and in the popular Borough Market area. Police shot and killed the three Islamic extremists who carried out the attack.
In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament. He was also killed by police.
To the north, Manchester was hit by a deadly attack May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Ezekiel 28:7
Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
Job 18:11
Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Family of man in Ashtabula police-involved shooting seeks answers

CLEVELAND —  The family of a 23-year-old Ashtabula man shot by police last week is disputing the official account of the shooting.
Brendan Hester, 420 W. 38th St., was shot by an Ashtabula City police officer at 5:14 a.m. June 2, after police received a 911 from Hester’s brother’s girlfriend, who reported there was an intruder with a handgun in their home.
Hester remains in critical condition in the MetroHealth intensive care unit, his family said.
Members of the family, supported by attorneys, friends of the family, and a representative from Movement for Black Lives, hosted a press conference Thursday afternoon at the law firm of Friedman and Gilbert at 55 Public Square. 
“Brendan (Hester) is yet another young African American man who has been shot by white police officers in northeast Ohio,” said attorney Jacqueline Greene. “This shooting is a tragedy, and is another damning example of racism in policing and use of force.”
Attorney Terry Gilbert said the family is not filing a lawsuit at this time, but rather, they are “supporting the family in this difficult moment.” He noted, however, that the family demands a thorough, unbiased, and transparent investigation by the Ashtabula Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office into the events surrounding this shooting.
“The circumstances surrounding this shooting are highly suspicious, and Brendan Hester’s family deserves answers,” he said. “Legal action will be considered when the investigation is done.”
Contact by phone after the press conference, Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said that’s why the department called in Ohio BCI, under the state Attorney General’s office.
“So we can have an unbiased investigation,” he said. “We want to avoid any questions of impropriety.”
Hester was shot inside the West 38th Street home, where he lives with his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, and their daughter, while protecting the family from a home intruder, the attorneys said.
Green said there has been a great deal of “misinformation” disseminated by the Ashtabula Police Department concerning the circumstances surrounding the shooting, as well as disturbing efforts to place the blame on Hester and members of his family.
Gilbert said when police showed up at the home last Friday morning, Hester was holding an intruder at gunpoint and waiting for help from police. When police arrived, they opened the door and immediately began shooting, according to the family. 
Hester was shot twice, including a shot in the back, Gilbert said.
“Brendan (Hester) posed no threat,” he said. “It’s a tragedy, an example of racism.”
The attorneys said the family did not know the intruder, who was injured before police arrived during a struggle with Hester.
Ashtabula police have reported that when they arrived at the house, they heard a scuffle inside. When they entered the home, they ordered Hester to drop or lower the gun he was holding. He did not comply and an officer fired his weapon, according to police.
Gilbert said, “No orders were given to drop the weapon.”
Instead, the family says Brendan was shot immediately after the police opened the door to the house. There was no scuffle in progress at that time; he was holding the intruder at gunpoint, he said.
Alex Spangler, Hester’s cousin acting as a representative for the family, said Hester was not a criminal and did not deserve to be shot. 
“He is the victim and his life matters. Brendan is not a nameless character in a news story; he’s a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, and productive member of society,” he said. “Brendan is only 23 years old. As a victim of a police shooting, his life has been changed forever.”
Michael Osborne, who coached Hester on Lakeside High School’s basketball team, said he was an excellent student and a competitive athlete.
“He was a very good kid,” he said.
Further, the family objects to information released by the Ashtabula police about the execution of a search warrant at the home on June 3. The family said this has led to media reports suggesting this household was engaged in narcotics distribution, Gilbert said. 
According to police, a search warrant was obtained by investigators as a result of suspected drug trafficking instruments that were observed in plain view by officers on the morning of the shooting. 
The search of the residence resulted in officers seizing a digital scale, $5,500 cash concealed in various locations throughout the house, suspected illegal drug packaging, suspect illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia, according to police. Additionally, three guns and ammunition were seized by BCI, Stell said in a June 3 press release.
The family’s attorneys disputed the claim.
“The only drugs in the house were a small amount of marijuana, and would not be subject to more than a simple possession ticket and fine,” Gilbert said. “Further, the money found in the house was a modest amount, like any working person might keep and save in his or her home.”
Gilbert said he didn’t find the officers’ actions surprising. “It’s typical of a rust-belt community,” he said.
He noted that Ashtabula police have said there have been five officer-involved shootings in the past 20 years and only two were black men.
Spangler said that “as a family, this is our worst nightmare realized. We’ve seen the news, and read the names of countless innocent black men and women who’ve been killed and harmed by police officers acting outside of protocol. But we never imagined that it would happen to a member of our family in our hometown.”
He said the family is devastated, but committed to seeing the police department be held accountable. 
Chelsea Fuller, representing Movement for Black Lives, which falls under the umbrella of Black Lives Matter, said the family is planning community events in Ashtabula in support of Hester’s family.
Family members said they will push for answers throughout the investigation.
“We deserve an apology, and we demand a full and thorough investigation by BCI, and we’re asking that the Ashtabula Police Department be transparent, and provide our attorneys and our family with all necessary information,” Spangler said. “We love Brendan, and we’re not going to stand idly by while another police officer walks free for shooting someone whose life they didn’t value.”

Obadiah 10
10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.
Ezekiel 35:5
5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

White Ohio Sheriff’s Deputies Shown on Video Using Taser on 12-Year-Old Black Girl


Two white sheriff’s deputies in Colerain Township, Ohio, were caught on video using a Taser on a 12-year-old black girl at a skating rink Saturday night after she reportedly attacked them and refused to leave the skating rink when asked.

Brian Liette, an employee of the Skatin’ Place, told Fox19 that the girl was asked to comply with a rule requiring all patrons to wear skates, and she was given a time frame within which to do so, but she refused. She was told that she would be asked to leave if she did not comply.

Read the full article here and tell us what you think!

Ezekiel 25:12
12 Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Amos 1:11
Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:

Black father Facebook livestreams the moment he was shot dead by cops during traffic stop confrontation


A Louisiana man livestreamed his own fatal shooting by a police officer on Facebook during a traffic stop on Thursday as his fiancee watched helplessly.

Rodney James Hess, 36, was acting erratically and had attempted to hit cops with his car 'at least twice' before he was killed at around 2:15pm, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told  NBC News.

In the video streamed on Facebook Live from a roadside in Alamo, Tennessee, Hess can be heard saying he wants to speak to 'the higher commands' before leaving his car. 

He then appears to make some kind of movement and is shot several times through his windshield.

Read the full article here and tell us what you think!

Lamentations 4:18
They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Psalm 10:8
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

‘N--gers Don’t Belong in My Neighborhood’: NYC Chiropractor Charged With Making Racist Threats Against Child, Cop

A Staten Island, N.Y., chiropractor is facing charges of aggravated harassment, stalking and violating an order of protection after going on a racist, threatening rant against a black New York City police officer and the black child of a white crossing guard.

According to the New York Daily News, Danielle Serini had the gall to send letters, which were filled with racist statements and threats, to the city’s 120th Precinct on Monday, addressed to Police Officer Ebony Glover and school crossing guard Jennifer Becker’s child.

“My next opportunity will be getting rid of you and that ugly ass nigger child of the crossing guard,” Serini wrote to Glover, court documents say. “Keep thinking he’s safe in school, but when the opportunity hits, it will with a bang. Niggers don’t belong in my neighborhood.”

The harassment didn’t start there. Court records show that Serini sent a bag of Dum Dum lollipops to both Glover’s and Becker’s homes on March 7. In her letter, she referenced the package.

“Enjoy the pops dum dum,” she wrote. “Don’t think for a moment I forgot about the so-called crossing guard that is never doing her job. In due time!”

Read the full article here and tell us what you think!

Exodus 11:7
But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Ezekiel 25:12
Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against
the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Darren Wilson Admits Police Story of Michael Brown Shooting Based on a Lie


In the two and a half years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the explosive case has been parsed in intricate detail. Witnesses offered varying descriptions of the fatal encounter. 

Investigators examined bloodstain evidence on the street where Mr. Brown died. And the police released a security video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown pushing a worker and taking cigarillos minutes before the shooting.

Read the full article here and tell us what you think!

Exodus 11:7
But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Ezekiel 25:12
Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against
the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Outrage over video of store owner choking African-American woman

Protesters gathered outside of a beauty supply store in North Carolina calling for a boycott of the store after the owner was caught on camera choking an African-American woman.

In the video, the owner, Sung Ho Lim, can be seen confronting the unidentified woman. Lim claims that she had stolen eyelashes from the store, and in the video, you can hear the woman telling Lim, “Check my bag. I don’t have anything.”

The two of them then shove each other, and Lim can be heard to say “You hit me” before he knocks the woman to the ground and puts her in a chokehold.

Read the full article here and tell us what you think!

Deuteronomy 28:43
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

Deuteronomy 28:50
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: