Charlotte NC police release Danquirs Franklin shooting video

The male officer shouts to Franklin: “Sir, put the gun down.” Kerl yells, “Put the gun down!”

The last command Kerl yells before firing is, “Put it on the ground!”

Franklin reached his right hand toward a pocket and pulled out a gun by the barrel. He appeared to be lowering the weapon when Kerl fired two shots, the video shows.

Moments after being shot, Franklin turns his face toward the officers and can be heard saying: “You told me to…”

The video cuts off seconds later, after he slumps over.

…“There is no way” the shooting was justified, she said. “He was sitting there in the most non-threatening way possible. His two choices were get killed for complying with them or get killed for not complying. He was going to get killed no matter what.”

…“In hindsight, the officers probably could have said, ‘Put your hands up. Don’t move. Don’t reach toward the gun. And if you move toward your gun, we’ll shoot you.’ ”

Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, said he believes the video “raises some serious questions about the officers’ tactics.

“In this case, one of the officers was standing less than a car-length away from an armed subject with nothing but air between them for more than 30 seconds,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. “If, for example, the officers had taken positions of relative safety, they might have been more comfortable waiting to see if Mr. Franklin was going to put the gun on the ground the way that they had commanded him to, rather than shooting him at the moment they did.”

Charlotte NC police release Danquirs Franklin shooting video | Rock Hill Herald

Fuck, “objectively reasonable” excuses.

If an officer cannot keep their head under stress and make split second assessments (like, is he putting the gun down?) and then act on them (like, maybe I shouldn’t shoot him because he is not a threat and it would be murder to do so) then they have no business in that line of work. Period. It’s too dangerous for them and everyone around them.


Tampons Confiscated, Guns Allowed as Texas Senate Debates Abortion

Tampons Confiscated, Guns Allowed as Texas Senate Debates Abortion – The Atlantic

Seems like some members of the Texas State Troopers need to lose their freaking jobs.

If the decision was based on the need to protect legislators the fact that guns were allowed through strongly suggests a willful dereliction of duty.

Any other rational for the decision to confiscate birth control and feminine sanitary products but not actual weapons indicates crass prejudice.

At best, it was insensitive and wholly unprofessional but whether it was gross incompetence or malicious abuse of power, the troopers involved should be relived of their badges.

Hawaiian Lawmakers Fight Back Against ‘Aloha Poke’

Hawaiian Lawmakers Fight Back Against ‘Aloha Poke’ – CBS Chicago

Unmentioned in this article certainly of note, if you cannot spell a word correctly you sure as heck shouldn’t be able trademark it!

…Also, don’t buy food from people who spell the dish wrong. They clearly don’t know what the dish is that they are supposed to be making. (There’s no “-”  in poke!!!!)

Last but not least, take words trademark and the aloha. If it doesn’t sounds wrong to you to strong those words together then you have no idea what either of those words mean.

Involuntary Commitment For Addiction Treatment Raises Troubling Questions

Involuntary Commitment For Addiction Treatment Raises Troubling Questions : Shots – Health News : NPR

1.) The criminal justice system does not care about your loved one.

2.) If you put your loved one into the criminal justice system you are sentencing them to being treated like a criminal. Or worse.

3.) Parent your own fucking kids people.