#MikeBrown did not “bum rush” the Ferguson police officer

August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good morning:

LLMPapa is back!

He has a unique way of getting to the truth in a heartbeat and in this video he exposes the lie that Michael Brown stopped suddenly after running 35 feet away from the officer’s vehicle, turned and “bum rushed” him.

According to his girlfriend, the officer fired but Brown “kept coming and coming.” The officer kept shooting and the last shot to Brown’s forehead finally put him down.

Brown must have been running in place because his body was found 35 feet away from the vehicle.

The officer executed Mike Brown and lied about it to his girlfriend.

The District Attorney for St.Louis County will be presenting evidence about this shooting to a grand jury today. He is going to have some ‘splainin’ to do do, if the grand jury does not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown.

Thank you, Papa, and welcome back.


Orange Alert Issued for Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano

August 20, 2014

by Crane-Ststion

Following a swarm of 2600 earthquakes on Saturday in and around Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) reports that the Bárðarbunga civil aviation color code has been raised to “Orange.” IMO defines this alert: “ORANGE: Volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.” IMO reports:

The intense seismic activity that started on 16 of August at Bárðarbunga persists. Very strong indications of ongoing magma movement, in connection with dyke intrusion, is corroborated by GPS measurements. There are currently two swarms: one to the E of Bárðarbunga caldera and one at the edge of Dyngjujökull just E of Kistufell. At 2.37 am on the 18th a strong earthquake (M4) was located in the Kistufell swarm.

This is the strongest earthquake measured in the region since 1996. As evidence of magma movement shallower than 10 km implies increased potential of a volcanic eruption, the Bárðarbunga aviation color code has been changed to orange.

Yesterday, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police (NCIP) reported that evacuations are beginning, in preparation for the volcano’s eruption.

The Bárðarbunga volcano system is about 700 meters beneath the ice. Bárðarbunga is a stratovolcano. Also known as a composite volcano, the stratovolcano:

is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and volcanic ash. Unlike shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes are characterized by a steep profile and periodic explosive eruptions and quiet eruptions, although some have collapsed craters called calderas.

A stratovolcano is not a supervolcano. By way of historic comparison, two notable stratovolcanoes include Krakatoa (1883) and Vesuvius (79 AD), whereas a notable historic supervolcano includes Yellowstone. Mount Saint Helens is a stratovolcano.

The alert levels are a type of early warning system, and they are issued in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption in 2010, for example, interrupted large portions of European airspace until atmosperic ash returned to safe levels for air travel.

International Business Times reports:

Intense seismic activity observed at Iceland’s Bardarbunga on Saturday has prompted the country’s Met Office to issue a warning for airlines about a potential eruption at the volcano, which is located beneath Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier. Officials said they have noticed very strong signs of magma movement through underground fractures.

On Monday, the Met Office changed the Bardarbunga aviation color to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale and indicates “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.”

Related:

How to Pronounce Bárðarbunga Volcano

List of airports in Iceland

Bárðarbunga is a subglacial stratovolcano[2]

It’ll be time for some Bárðarbunga, if Iceland’s latest volcano threat erupts

Another Unpronounceable Icelandic Volcano Is Getting Ready to Explode


Eyewitness to #MikeBrown shooting in #Ferguson describes what she saw

August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Good morning:

Piaget Crenshaw witnessed the encounter between Officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown. After the shooting, she took about 30 seconds to retrieve her phone from her apartment and began recording the scene. You can see Brown’s body laying in the street. Wilson and another police officer are standing in the street a few feet beyond it. He is on the right, apparently upset and gesturing with his hands as he talks to the other officer.

She described what she witnessed as follows.

Wilson appeared to be attempting to pull Brown into his vehicle, but Brown eluded his grasp and started running away.

Wilson got out of his vehicle and ran after him firing his gun several times.

She is aware of Dr. Baden’s autopsy report because she mentions it and says Brown stopped and turned around after one of the bullets grazed his arm.

Wilson unleashed a volley of shots and Brown fell to the ground.

She does not mention him moving toward Wilson or raising his hands.

She also does not mention Dorian Johnson. She might not have seen him because he said he hid behind a parked car.

She does say multiple times that what she witnessed was “not right” because Brown was unarmed.


The shot that killed #MikeBrown entered the top of his head UPDATED

August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good morning:

The results of the independent autopsy arranged for the Brown family by Benjamin Crump have been announced.

Dr. Michael Baden, 80, conducted the autopsy, assisted by Professor Shawn Parcells. Dr. Baden is a famous board certified forensic pathologist who has conducted more than 20,000 autopsies.

Dr. Baden reported that Mike Brown was shot at least 6 times, including twice in the head. He also was shot multiple times in the right arm with one shot causing five wounds by entering, exiting and reentering the body.

With the exception of the fatal shot that entered through the top of his head and the entry wound in the inner part of his forearm below the elbow, the rest of the wounds are located in the front part of the body.

Depending on the position of his right forearm, Professor Parcells said the shot could have come from behind MB as he was walking or running away from the police vehicle or it could have come as he was raising his hands or it could have been a defensive wound.

The fatal shot entered the top of MB’s head, killing him. The other bullet entered through the forehead above his right eye, exited immediately below it after shattering it, reentered his face immediately below the eye, exited though his jaw line and reentered his body in the area where his collar bone is located. These two shots were the last shots fired. They were not fired from close range since no gunshot residue, stippling or starring was detected.

He suffered the two head wounds where his body was found because they would have dropped him to the ground and he would have lost consciousness immediately fro the shot to the top of his head.

That location has variously been reported as 33 to 35 feet from the officer’s parked patrol vehicle.

The autopsy results are described as “preliminary” because they are based on an examination of Mike Brown’s body at the funeral home. His clothes and police investigation reports, including witness statements, were not available.

Regarding the fatal wound to the top of Mike Brown’s head, Dr. Baden said,

This one here looks like his head was bent downward. It can be because he’s giving up or because he is charging forward at the officer.

This shooting still looks like an execution to me, given the distance of Brown’s body from the patrol vehicle. The results rule out a theory that the officer was in close proximity to Brown when he fired the two shots that struck him in the head.

I need additional information to definitively confirm or deny my opinion.

Meanwhile, the peaceful protest turned violent after sundown causing the governor to call in the National Guard.

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Thank you,

Fred


The curfew in #Ferguson will be in effect again tonight from midnight to 5 am

August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good afternoon:

The demonstration was peaceful.

Police arrested seven people in Ferguson after midnight last night for violating the curfew.

One person was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound. Police are investigating the shooting but have not identified the shooter or arrested anyone in connection with the shooting.

The curfew will be in place again tonight from midnight to 5 am tomorrow morning.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the autopsy of Mike Brown but have not released the report or disclosed any details about his injuries.

USA Today is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the feds will conduct a second autopsy of Mike Brown, “due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family.”

That announcement sounds like Eric Holder has no confidence in the competency of the medical examiner who performed the autopsy and the accuracy of the results.

The Ferguson Police Department and the St.Louis County Sheriff’s Office appear to be infected with racism and poor judgment. As such, I believe they constitute a clear and present danger to the cause of justice in this case.

They need to shut-up, get out of the way and stay out of the way. Then they need to be investigated thoroughly and transparently. The racists need to be weeded out and fired.

I am impressed by Captain Ron Johnson who is emerging as a genuine American hero.


Saturday Evening Ferguson Watch

August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good evening:

The public demonstration continues this evening protesting the killing of an unarmed Mike Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department a week ago.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a curfew between the hours of midnight and 6 am.

The world is watching.

Share your thoughts with us as we keep track on twitter.


Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with first degree murder for executing #MikeBrown

August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good afternoon:

Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with first degree murder for executing Mike Brown.

We need to focus our attention on what happened before the officer pulled out his gun in order to determine what, if any, crime he committed.

According to Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, the officer suddenly backed up positioning his vehicle so that it was parked perpendicular to the curb and directly in front of them blocking their way.

This was an unexpected and unnecessarily aggressive response by the officer to a jaywalking situation in which the two young men did not respond quickly enough when he ordered them to stop walking in the street. I am not aware of any evidence that there was any vehicular traffic on the street when he ordered them to the sidewalk.

This was the officer’s first mistake.

The vehicle was so close to the two young men that the officer struck both of them with his door when he opened it to get out. This was his second mistake.

Mike Brown reacted by pushing the door back and the upper part of the frame apparently hit the officer in the face as he was attempting to get out of the vehicle.

Brown’s reaction may have been nothing more than an instinctive defensive reaction with his hands to the door hitting his lower body. Doors are curved inward toward the top and the officer’s head would have come in contact with the frame as he turned his body and leaned forward to get out of his vehicle and stand up.

We do not know how much force Brown applied to the door, but I am not aware of any claim by police officials that the officer is claiming that Brown was attempting to prevent the officer from getting out of his vehicle. They do claim that the officer sustained a bump on his face, which is consistent with an instinctive defensive reaction by Brown to being struck by the door.

The officer reacted by pulling out his gun, which was a grossly inappropriate reaction to a situation he created by his sudden and unexpected use of his vehicle to stop the two young men.

If I were a black male in Mike Brown’s situation, given common knowledge in the black community that white cops regularly harass and kill young black males all over this country with little or no justification because they hate blacks and can get away it, I would have assumed the officer intended to kill me and I would have attempted to take the gun away from him.

Brown reached through the open window grabbing the officer’s arm and I believe that he acted reasonably in self-defense. That is, he reasonably believed he was in imminent danger of being killed or seriously injured.

We know that he was in imminent danger of being killed or seriously injured because the officer killed him.

Brown did not get control of the gun.

The gun went off wounding Brown during the struggle precipitated by the officer’s conduct. This shot may or may not have been intentional.

Brown and Dorian Johnson fled. The officer got out of his vehicle and shot at Brown hitting him in the back.

This shot was intentional, unnecessary and unjustifiable.

Brown stopped, raised his hands and surrendered.

The officer fired more shots, hitting Brown and killing him.

These shots were intentional, premeditated, unnecessary and unjustifiable.

The officer, whose unexpected and unreasonable use of his vehicle precipitated the incident, executed Brown and he should be charged with first degree murder.

Finally, as I wrote yesterday, the strong-arm robbery in the convenience store involving the Swisher Sweet cigarillos is not relevant because Wilson contacted the two young men for walking in the street and he did not suspect them of being involved in the robbery.

The racist right-wing-hate-machine fails to comprehend that, even if Wilson had known about the robbery, he would not have been justified in executing Brown.

Why?

Because Brown was unarmed and had surrendered.

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Thank you,

Fred


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