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  • Zeb Stark

    http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/03/23/san-diego-lawmaker-proposes-making-it-harder-for-cops-to-buy-military-weapons/

    “State and local law enforcement are a public safety service, not an occupying force,” Gloria said. “Militarization is not necessary in order to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

    The bill defines military equipment as manned and unmanned aircraft, armored and tactical vehicles, weaponized vehicles, wall-breaching weapons, firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, all explosives, long-range acoustic devices and riot gear including batons, helmets and shields.

    “Our streets in California are not war zones, and our citizens are not enemy combatants,” Chiu said. “Law enforcement in California are our partners in public safety. They are not military generals, and the weapons they carry should reflect that reality.”

    This is a step in the right direction IMO.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Has anybody seen the video his sister took? Doesn't really show much except that they were clearly very excited and that they were running on the field in a manner that tells me that if somebody accidentally (or otherwise) got in his way a shove or collision would be likely, for better or for worse.

    Remember when Richard Sherman hugged Erin Andrews way too hard before the now infamous interview following the 2013 NFCC game? I don't think anybody here thinks of him as a violent guy. Emotional though, yes, obviously. And just like Bennett, a big, strong man. Not at all out of the realm of possibility that a charged up dude like one of those could accidentally be too physical with a smaller, more frail person without having any ill intent.

    If those security guards were really trying to block their access to the field and they decided they were getting on the field anyway, and made physical contact with the lady while doing so, then it's not at all outside the realm of possibility that what may have felt like an assault to the lady probably felt much more harmless to Michael. And again, if he really caused her harm then he should be held responsible for it, to the degree of the harm itself. But my point, and to sort of echo Veta's point, is that just because some harm may have been caused doesn't mean that harm was the intent, and it doesn't make Michael a "horrible" person.

    On the other hand, maybe he said "fuck you bitch" and karate chopped her right in the throat, and that would obviously be unacceptable. But it seems like that would be an easy one to get him on, and charging him 14 months later tells me that's probably not what happened.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Seems like a pretty silly situation for a felony indictment. But I guess since she was technically a "security guard" that automatically advances it from a misdemeanor to a felony in the state of Texas. Seems like the cops trying to stick it to him IMO.

    Sounds like he was being an entitled jerk, and if he really hurt that old lady then yeah, he should be on the hook for all her medical expenses and whatever else, but a felony assault charge? More than a year after the incident? C'mon. That's silly. Likely they saw what happened in Vegas and decided to pursue criminal charges.

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  • Zeb Stark

    After Bennett pushed two female stadium employees, Acevedo said, Bennett addressed the women by saying, “Y’all must know who I am. I can own this motherf—–. I’m going onto the field whether you like it or not.”

    Acevedo also said the 66-year-old paraplegic sustained a sprained shoulder when Bennett pushed her. A 28-year-old woman was pushed as well, per Acevedo.

    https://www.seccountry.com/texas-am/michael-bennett-super-bowl-houston-police-grand-jury-indictment-philadelphia-eagles

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  • Zeb Stark

    I would say it'd be even more terrible if it's not true.

    Wagering a guess, any harm to the old gal was inadvertent, but obviously not enough info to know at this point. We know how excited Mike gets so nothing is really off the table. I really doubt he purposefully hurt a 66 year old woman in a wheelchair, but I guess anything's possible. And even if hurting her wasn't intentional, if she was hurt as a result of his actions he deserves to pay for it.

    Will be interesting to find out if the Hawks knew this was coming and how/if it'll affect the trade.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Guy's a monster of a man. A real road grader. 345 pounds of muscle and hatred for defenders who will punch you in the mouth if he has to. My favorite signing by far.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Not exactly the same thing as the drones we'd been looking at, but...

    http://portlandtribune.com/but/239-news/388488-279083-flying-car-work-nearing-completion-in-prineville

    Approximately 10 years ago, Samson Sky announced their intention to build the first-ever flying sports car.

    Work on that car later began taking place in a hangar at the Prineville Airport.

    Long before that, however, the Switchblade was a dream created by Sam Bousfield, founder and CEO of Samson Sky — and creator of the Switchblade. He dreamed of a flying car as early as the fifth grade. Later, as an inventor and an architect, he decided it was time to make his vision a reality.

    In a recent corporate video released by Samson Sky, Bousfield commented, "The real purpose behind this design, and doing the Switchblade in the first place, is so that we could make aviation (aircraft) more useful. Not something you do just on weekends for fun or every once in a while for business, but something you could use to make your life better — to actually get around the country, to go places you wouldn't ordinarily be able to get to."

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  • Zeb Stark

    It is absolutely possible that simply having armed officers present has prevented shootings from even being attempted, and no, there's no real way to quantify that or come up with any statistics for it. Could be thousands a year, could be literally none. No way to know. My best guess would be that there have been times when a kid seriously considered shooting up his school and thought twice because he knew there's an officer with a gun there. Here and there it's probably happened. Hard to imagine that it's any kind of a regular occurrence. Doesn't change much about what is being discussed in the article or series of tweets I posted. Those are real world legitimate concerns for many people.

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  • Zeb Stark

    https://twitter.com/samswey/status/966902961984061440

    "After Columbine over 10,000 school police officers were hired just in case a school shooting happened. Two decades later, they haven't stopped a single school shooting. Instead they've arrested over 1 million kids, mostly students of color, for routine behavior violations"

    "70,000 students were arrested at school during the 2013-14 school year alone. Two-thirds were students of color. Not one case where a school police officer intervened and stopped a school shooting."

    "A study of Delaware school arrests found 75% were for disorderly behavior or fighting (without weapons). This would’ve likely resulted in detention or suspension before. Now kids are arrested, sometimes incarcerated, and stigmatized with a criminal record."

    I haven't done any research. Maybe none of it is accurate. I dunno. But if it is, that's some pretty serious food for thought.

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