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Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Texas Judges in Hot Water with the Feds; Dumbass of the Year Contestant: Reserve Deputy Shoots Unarmed Black Man With What Thought was Taser;

This is a roundup of stories about crooked judges (two in Texas), one who took bribes to fix cases and another who moonlighted selling firearms without a license. Also, two new stories about cops shooting unarmed blacks. One, in Tulsa, was a wannabe who claims he meant to taze a black man, and pulled his pistol by mistake. The other is about the S.C. cop who shot a fleeing man eight times in the back.
I try to give police officers the benefit of the doubt, but if I were black I would probably be very nervous if I got pulled over.
Finally, to show that white people riot to, we have a bizarre story of a Christian rock band getting into a gang fight with the cops, ending in one of the rockers getting shot to death.

Former Bexar Count Judge Pleads Guilty to Theft of Honest Services

As part of a plea deal, Angus McGinty pleaded guilty to a single felony count of theft of honest services wire fraud, a charge widely used in public corruption cases and instances where private individuals breach a fiduciary duty to someone else (like in the Enron case). The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

State commission suspends indicted WilCo judge
Tim Wright, a county court-at-law judge in Williamson County, sold firearms on three occasions in February to someone he knew or had reasonable cause to believe was a convicted felon, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Wright also helped the smuggling and attempted smuggling of firearms out of the country, the statement says, and lied to federal agents.

“The indictment of Timothy L. Wright, Williamson County judge, sends a strong message that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) will not tolerate the unlawful export of firearms, regardless of the smuggler’s position or status,” James Spero, the special agent in charge of HSI in San Antonio, said in a statement.

‘Pay to Play’ Cop Shot Unarmed Black Man
The volunteer deputy who killed a black man when he mistakenly shot him instead of Tasering him was on the force because he had made a lot of donations.

Harris was face down on the pavement with officers on top of him. Bates is heard shouting, “Taser! Taser!” Instead, a gunshot rings out.

“Oh! I shot him! I’m sorry!” Bates says.
Meanwhile, the Post exposed another case of police brutality over the weekend. A mentally ill woman died in a Fairfax, Va. county jail in February after a sheriff’s deputy shocked her four times—while she was already restrained in handcuffs, leg shackles and a mask.
Bates “did not commit a crime” but was a victim himself of a phenomenon called “slip and capture.” The term refers to people doing the opposite of what they intend during periods of extreme stress, said Tulsa Police Sgt. Jim Clark on Friday.
He is one of many “wealthy people in the reserve program,” which includes 130 volunteer deputies, Maj. Shannon Clark of the sheriff’s office said.

Michael Slager, Cop In Walter Scott Shooting, Reportedly Heard Laughing Afterward
Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer caught on video shooting an unarmed black man who was running away after a traffic stop, is reportedly heard in new audio laughing about his "pumping" adrenaline immediately after the incident.

Christian family band in giant Wal-Mart parking lot brawl; 1 killed, cop shothttp://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/11/christian-family-band-in-giant-wal-mart-parking-lo/
Police released video Friday that appears to show a chaotic brawl in an Arizona Walmart parking lot that left one suspect dead and two others shot, including an officer.
The shooting occurred during a fight between up to eight members of the Gaver family and at least four police officers. The video was captured by a dashboard camera and indicated the fight lasted for about seven minutes.
The Gaver family is well-known in Boise, where at least three members played in a Christian band called Matthew 24 Now outside an Albertsons supermarket and posted signs with a biblical verse.

The incident began when a female Walmart employee tried to use a women's restroom and was prevented from doing so, getting pushed out of the way. Nathan Gaver told police that his mother, Ruth, was using the restroom, and that he and his brother Jeremiah were guarding it.

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