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Friday, June 16, 2017

Behind the scenes...

Happened to be walking by the Court House as the Yanez verdict was being announced. While this may not be as big as the Cosby verdict, it was a big deal here in Minnesota. He was found not-guilty as cops generally are in these situations.

To refresh your memory,  Jeronimo Yanez is a St Paul police officer who shot Philando Castile in the front seat of his car, as Castile had supposedly reached for his pistol. Castile had a permit to carry a firearm.  What made this case unique was that his girlfriend used her cell phone to create a video of him bleeding to death. That video went viral. You probably remember it.

So here was the series of events. There was literally more press people than anyone else. The spokesperson came out to speak, but was stopped by a couple of people who apparently wanted her to wait.

They then gathered from the crowd a group of people to stand behind her, obviously mostly friends and family, but it also appeared that some others were whisked into the background for effect. By some others, I mean those who were gathered around who happened to be a particular race.

Then you have the camera panning in, as a means to make it appear that there is a large crowd surrounding the spokesperson.

I was able to find this by going "back" on the "live feed" from the Star and Tribune. But these still shots do a decent job in reflecting what I witnessed.

Now this is no way should suggest that I mean to diminish what the family of Castile is going through. I have no idea if the verdict was just or wrong. I just thought it was odd to watch how the scene was manipulated to make it look like there was some large public outrage going on... when in fact most people were like me.  Random people walking by stopping to ask someone with a camera what was going on.

75 comments:

Good ole gentle Rev. James said...

To have friends and family standing there for the statement is really not all that manipulative. Doesn't look like a huge crowd to me.

KD, LEO WIN said...

Minn. police officer found not guilty in Philando Castile .

Exactly, the people know, the "thin blue line" after 8 years of Obama is very thin , this give me as a former LEO hope that President Trump and others have this country going back to supporting LEO's everywhere and especially in the court.



LOL @ James, sure you do, sure you do. omg funny.

KD, said...

Will the people of Minn. put up with burning of business, looting and rioting?

BlacklivesMatter, are they their, is Hillary/Polosi/Obama are they funding the #killcops movement there like they did for 8 years?

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

James said...

That video was one of the most disturbing things that I have ever seen. It ranks up there with the officer shooting the fleeing man several times in the back and the nice, respectful young black man in the service station who was accosted because he was not wearing a safety belt and shot several times when, as the officer asked him tok, he reached to get id.

I only wish the girl friend had started videoing earlier so we could have seen the actual shooting. The outcome might not be "not guilty."

caliphate4vr said...

Is Jeronimo Yanez a white hispanic?

James, saddened, said...

The video shows the situation escalated quickly, with Yanez shooting Castile just seconds after Castile volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me." Five of the officer's seven shots struck Castile.

Witnesses testified that the gun was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics removed him from his vehicle.

Prosecutors called several witnesses to try to show that Yanez never saw the gun and acted recklessly and unreasonably. But defense attorneys called their own witnesses to back up Yanez's claim that he saw Castile pulling the gun and that Yanez was right to shoot.

After shooting Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad-car video telling a supervisor that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified, "What I meant by that was I didn't know where the gun was up until I saw it in his right thigh area."

He said he clearly saw a gun and that Castile ignored his commands to stop pulling it out of his pocket. His voice choked with emotion as he talked of being "scared to death" and thinking of his wife and baby daughter in the split-second before he fired.

Prosecutors argued that Yanez could have taken lesser steps, such as asking to see Castile's hands or asking where the gun was. After Castile told the officer he had the gun, Yanez told Castile, "OK, don't reach for it then," and, "Don't pull it out."

On the squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, "I'm not pulling it out," as Yanez opened fire. Prosecutors said Castile's last words were, "I wasn't reaching for it."

Reynolds testified that she began recording the shooting's aftermath because she feared for her life and wanted to make sure the truth was known. Defense attorneys pointed to inconsistencies in several of her statements.
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If I had been on the jury, I might have had to vote to acquit but with a heavy heart.

James said...

Because I am a decent person.

Loretta said...

No you aren't a decent person.

You're a vindictive, bitter, mean old man.

Fair minded James said...

Yep, I'm just so terrible. Like Obama, LOL
(Whose approval rating never got down 35%, where Trump's now is.)

Loretta said...

Vindictive, obnoxious James Boswell.

opie said...

KD, said...
Will the people of Minn

Those are the people of Mn. Idiot. And the other kansan keeps posting trash and nothing. Why don't you just go away and bother your dysfunctional kids. LOL

Loretta said...

Bad news James, Roger and Opie....

"Scalise's vital signs have 'stabilized,' hospital 'encouraged' by 'improvement' in last 36 hours"

opie said...

Another example of of our R brethren being stupid. From pauline's neck of the woods. LOL

Former Cobb County Republican Party leader Joseph Dendy was given a life sentence after pleading guilty Friday to sexually abusing children.

Dendy, 72, must serve 30 years of that sentence in prison.

Dendy admitted that he had committed repeated sexual offenses against two boys, according to a statement from Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds. The crimes occurred between 2004 and 2011 at Dendy’s home, his church, and in a store dressing room, the statement said.

What a nice man. Idiot.

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty.

opie said...

Fatty.

Grow up Loretta, you're not in HS anymore... Yes, I know why bother when mentally challenged kansans post the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Idiot

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty

rrb said...


so the cop was acquitted.

looks like it's time for another african-american street festival.



caliphate4vr said...

looks like it's time for another african-american street festival.

The fame 5 finger discount on local businesses

cowardly king obama said...

Trump supporters: little children they are not


"The American people are like little children. We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths, teach them right from wrong. Tell them what to think and how to feel, and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams, crafting their worst fears. Lucky for them they have me." "House of Cards", Frank Underwood

American politics is very ugly at the moment, uglier than usual. It seems increasingly obvious that the American version of House of Cards is less fictional, more true to life than previously thought. In fact, the Netflix series seems almost benign by current standards, except for the above quote. It seems to convey exactly how the American left views the American people, at least those who voted for Donald Trump. In the minds of our leftists, those people are beneath contempt. Their votes were cast in ignorance. They do not deserve to be heard; they do not count. They are all little children who need to be told what to think.

But those Trump supporters are not cooperating. It turns out they do think for themselves. They were sick to death of how much the last eight years changed this country. Obama promised to "fundamentally transform America" and he did. He eviscerated our military, took race relations back to the days before the Civil Rights Movement, launched a war on our law enforcement men and women, doubled our national debt, weaponized the IRS, the FBI and the EPA. He let guns flow into Mexico in order to blame gun deaths on America's Second Amendment; he cared not a bit for the death of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry or all the Mexican lives lost to the drug cartels who bought those guns. For Obama, an Alinskyite Marxist, the ends always justify the means.

Despite the warnings against it from every military expert consulted, Obama created ISIS by vacating the Middle East, removing all peace-keeping forces. It is almost as if he wanted the genocide of Christians that resulted throughout the region; every scholar of the Middle East and Islam told him what would happen and it did. The list of Obama's crimes against the country is long and depressing. And yet the left still thought Hillary was going to win the election in a landslide! Her loss should have been a wake-up call to the left, to their self-imposed insulation from reality. But instead they have doubled-down on their conviction that they are right and everyone and anyone who disagrees with them is not only wrong but evil, deserving of rhetorical death if not actual death.

So intent on their crusade to take Trump down, they completely miss the rising tide of disgust much of the population feels for them."

cowardly king obama said...

it goes on:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/06/trump_supporters_little_children_they_are_not.html

opie said...

Keep those cards and letters coming folks....the end is near.....

Politics
Trump Approval at 35 Percent, GOP Approval Drops
Yahoo View Thu, Jun 15 11:33 PM EDT


With sycophants like our kansans, no wonder why approvals are heading down. Good, it is all self inflicted. Wait until the details of the senate trump care is released and they include taxing medical as ordinary income. That will thrill CH since he claims his health care costs won't go up!!!! BWAAAAAAA!!!!⁄

opie said...

cali fat finger said........

The fame 5 finger discount


Good one, pauline. LOL

opie said...

Oh no.....more polls not favorable for the donnie...He can obfuscate and change the subject, but the firepower is growing against him. GOOD>


Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 5:24 PM EDT

A majority of Americans think that President Trump has interfered with the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago.

The results show that of those polled, six in 10 think that the president "has tried to obstruct the investigation into whether or not his campaign had ties to Russia" and 68 percent are concerned to some degree that Mr. Trump or his campaign "had inappropriate contact with members of the Russian government."

However, concern varies along party lines. Of those polled who are worried that Mr. Trump has attempted to impede the Russia investigation, the majority identify as Democrats or Independents-- only a quarter of Republicans agree.

President Trump calls Comey a "leaker"
The poll, which was released Thursday, comes in light of reports that the special counsel is gathering information on whether Mr. Trump or anyone in his administration tried to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

opie said...

more oops......

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say they think President Donald Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic traditions, according to a new poll that underscores the difficulty Trump faces in uniting a country deeply divided about his leadership.

The new survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found more than 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, and nearly half strongly disapprove. The poll was conducted before a shooting spree at a Washington-era baseball field on Wednesday left a congressman wounded and renewed calls for more civil political discourse.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country," Trump said Wednesday, responding to the shooting.

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty

opie said...

DC ain't NY real estate.....trumpies lawyer ethically challenged. LOL!!!!

Politics
Donald Trump's Attorney Marc Kasowitz Hit With Ethics Complaints
Mary Papenfuss,HuffPost 8 hours ago


Complaints have been lodged with the District of Columbia and New York City Bar Associations against President Donald Trump’s personal defense attorney Marc Kasowitz, calling for an investigation to determine if he has breached rules of professional conduct.

Separate complaints were filed over the week against Kasowitz by the Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit government watchdog organization, and by attorney Neil Goldfarb, a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union. They both allege that Kasowitz may have inappropriately counseled other White House staffers while representing the president, raising conflict-of-interest concerns.

In addition, the CAF complaint alleges that Kasowitz is not currently authorized to practice law in Washington, D.C.

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty

opie said...

Loretta said...
t LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

The maturity continues to emanate from her arthritic fingers.

cowardly king obama said...

Americans Learning to Live with Treason

Pop the champagne corks, set off the fireworks, former FBI Director, James Comey nixed the "Russian collusion." In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey cleared President Trump of all charges – no collusion, no conspiracy, no investigation, no there there.

Yay! It's over. The Russian conspiracy nonsense is finally debunked. Whew!

Does anyone else see the insanity here – that we celebrate when the president is cleared of phony charges, that we breathe a sigh of relief when the fired FBI director fails to establish an obstruction of justice charge?

Does anyone wonder why we anxiously watch each inane congressional hearing to see if the left gets the goods to pull off its coup, why we wake up each morning terrified that the insurgents have hit their mark, found something, anything they can use to depose a duly elected president?

We are watching, in real-time, a palace revolution, an overt effort to remove the president of the United States. Just as James Comey proudly admitted he leaked privileged communication to the press, so these insurgents brazenly brag that they want to harm the president, to impeach him, to overthrow our government. The American people seem shockingly oblivious to the looming danger.

continues at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/americans_learning_to_live_with_treason.html

Well reasoned articles today, much fruit for thought... and this site provides excellent examples.

rrb said...

The fame 5 finger discount on local businesses
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oh yeah. and owners of local glass shops are in for a windfall.

rrb said...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say they think President Donald Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic traditions, according to a new poll that underscores the difficulty Trump faces in uniting a country deeply divided about his leadership.
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to me, the coolest thing about the trump presidency is that virtually everything trump has been accused of 0linsky was actually guilty of.


Truth-seeking James said...

No, virtually everything that Trump is guilty of, Obama was falsely accused of.

Conderned for his country James said...

Associated Press: “Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.”

Quick! Send a straight jacket to the White House!

rrb said...




fuck off, pederast.

Concerned for his country, James said...

*Concerned for...

rrb said...



The protest was peaceful as darkness fell, but a smaller group splintered off and walked down an entrance ramp to block Interstate 94, quickly snarling traffic and leading to the freeway's shutdown in both directions.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Jury-still-deliberating-in-case-of-officer-who-11224416.php


this is where we need to start sending in convoys of tractor trailers to turn these assholes into road pizza.


Concerned for his country, James said...

The Comey What If

Byron York: “A key lesson emerged from the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week: Without the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, the Trump-Russia investigation would be on a downward trajectory. The collusion charge, originally the heart of the investigation, would be fading for lack of evidence. Investigators would be going down side roads involving Flynn and Manafort in which the public would have little interest.

“But not after Comey. At the Sessions hearing, Democrats had nothing new on collusion. They barely seemed interested. Instead, they focused to a great extent on trying to get Sessions to reveal what the president did or did not say in private discussions — about Comey. On the Democratic side of the hearing — and much of the Republican side, as well — the issue was Comey, Comey, Comey. In the end, it could be that the president’s impatience to get rid of Comey in order to shorten an investigation that he believed to be going nowhere resulted in a new investigation that could last the rest of Trump’s time in office.”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Good old gentle fair minded James said...

"pederast"

A letter will be going to the ACLU.
But it will be published here too.
I'm not going to do anything behind
Ch's back (though he was warned).

Fair minded James said...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/furious-trump-reportedly-yells-at-tv-during-russia-coverage/vi-BBCMUOd?ocid=spartandhp

Trump is going around the White House yelling at TVs.

It was reported by Flavius Josephus that King Herod, toward
the end, wandered around his palace yelling at portraits.

rrb said...

A letter will be going to the ACLU.
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even those assholes need a good laugh every so often.

opie said...

From the alternate universe of Kelly Anne.....but the low intellect voter here will embrace these words as proving trump is great, as polls are showing otherwise....


Good Morning America
Kellyanne Conway calls Trump ‘healer in chief’ despite the president’s tweet storm
CAROLINE COHEN,Good Morning America 14 hours ago


0:00 / 2:36

President Trump calls reports of obstruction of justice investigation a 'witch hunt'

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, today praised President Trump as “healer in chief” of the nation in the wake of Wednesday’s gun attack on a GOP congressional baseball practice.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and five others were injured Wednesday as Republicans practiced at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, for an annual congressional charity game that went on as scheduled Thursday night.

“There was a feeling of unity and healing,” Conway said of Thursday’s baseball game in an interview on “Fox and Friends."

opie said...

Trump is going around the White House yelling at TVs.

Just like my russian grandmother did when watching wrestling. She spoke very little english and thought the match was real......

rrb said...



now THAT'S funny. brian williams, of all people, reporting that trump is yelling at his tv.

good job, pederast. i mean, it must be tough to come up with someone with LESS credibility than brian williams.

opie said...

his is where we need to start sending in convoys of tractor trailers to turn these assholes into road pizza.

Feel the love!!!!!! BWAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

cowardly pastor jimmy boswell said...

"good job, pederast. i mean, it must be tough to come up with someone with LESS credibility than brian williams."

I can easily think of one - the hell bound pastor jimmy boswell from that church he gets paid so much money from. Proud of him for that and for sharing.

Satan smiles at his little buddy and appears to reward him in kind

devils buddy cowardly james boswell said...

"Good old gentle fair minded James said...
"pederast"

A letter will be going to the ACLU.
But it will be published here too.
I'm not going to do anything behind
Ch's back (though he was warned).

June 17, 2017 at 9:21 AM "

EXCELLENT !!! and while you're at it also have them investigate who was posing as Jesus as well as others recently. We need to catch that scum.

ROFLMFAO !!!

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

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Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell still trying to make a quick buck

Loretta said...

You forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty

Loretta said...

For the record....

This is James Boswell's FOURTH attempt to get the blog shut down by the ACLU.

caliphate4vr said...

. She spoke very little english

So you came by it naturally..

Speaks volumes

Later fatty, USA v Georgia (the country) in rugby at Kennesaw

God it's a great day already

opie said...

Anonymous caliphate4vr said...
. She spoke very little english

So you came by it naturally..

Yep, while you take after your hillbilly family that thinks snakes are gods. That's a whole lot bettah, jag off. Nice troll pauline. LOLOLOL

Later fatty, USA v Georgia (the country) in rugby at Kennesaw

Rugby, the sport for people with no ability or brains.

opie said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling
That's getting older than you, loretta. Idiot 1 and Idiot 2.

Loretta said...

Big deal, his trolling and spamming every thread gets old.

BTW, you forgot LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Fatty.

caliphate4vr said...

Fatty why are the Seahawks, Buckeyes and the Falcons now teaching rugby tackling?

You're a dumbass that knows not of which you speak

LMAO

James Boswell said...

For the record....
This is James Boswell's FOURTH attempt to get the blog shut down by the ACLU.

_________________________

For the record, I have never tried to get this blog shut down by the ACLU or by anybody, and I have no idea where the number four comes from except her feverish mind. :-)


In this case, for the record, what I will "attempt" to do will be clear in the letter. That way she can't lie about it.

Oh, wait. She will anyway. :-)

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling.

Stop lying.

Everyone knows you contacted the ACLU FOUR times.

Amused, James said...

Funny. I didn't know it. I thought I made one phone call once to chat with a lovely ACLU lady about the protection of free speech on the internet.

Savagetta's memory is not only faulty, but inventive.

Commonsense said...

Cheap bastard won't even hire his own lawyer. Wants the ACLU to do it for free.

Amused, James said...

Trump would call that "clever." LOL LOL LOL

Loretta said...

"Cheap bastard won't even hire his own lawyer. Wants the ACLU to do it for free."

LOL.

Amused, James said...

ll:58 got a much bigger LOL.

Fair minded James said...

LA Times: Newt Gingrich says a president 'cannot obstruct justice.' That's not what he said in 1998.

Loretta said...

Obnoxious James Boswell trolling

Commonsense said...

Yanez should have been convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

Castile was doing everything that people are told to do when they encounter a police officer.

He shouldn't have died.

C.H. Truth said...

Castile was doing everything that people are told to do when they encounter a police officer.

That's the defense attorney talking. Both Castile and his girlfriend were under the influence of controlled substance and audio of the stop makes it fairly certain that Castile attempted to pull out his gun.

First, when you are driving under the influence with a kid in the car, I take big issue with that. Secondly, according to the law your permit to carry is voided when you are under the influence. It becomes as illegal to carry as it would be if he didn't have a permit.

As Jeff Spicoli said in FTRH - People on ludes should not drive. Well people high on pot should not have a kid and a gun in the car at the same time.

Fair minded James said...

I agree.

Still, I may have had to vote reluctantly for acquittal if I were on the jury.

Fair minded James said...

My agreement was with CS at 2:06.