LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    What a freakin' loon. Glad the police decided to act sooner rather than later. I feel for his girlfriend. I can't even imagine the terror she must have felt upon receiving these text messages.

    Posted in: Man, inspired by IS video, threatens to behead ex-girlfriend

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    it does not change the fact that he took cold and careful aim at an unarmed man who was running away from him and posed no threat to himself or any member of the public, and shot him dead, without even warning him to stop. Nor does it explain why he tampered with the scene by jogging back away from the body, picking up an object that appears to be the taser and dropping it beside the body.

    Absolutely on the mark.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    theeastisred,

    I thought the exact same thing.

    Posted in: 89-yr-old woman fatally stabbed in Osaka home; suspect tries to kill himself

  • 3

    LFRAgain

    but you have no idea what somebody may have just done when they take off running.

    Precisely. They could very well be running because of outstanding parking tickets, driving on their third strike with an open container, or, dare I say it, fear of being jailed for a fourth time because of delinquent child support payments.

    Police need to understand that not every situation demands an armed response.

    Posted in: Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings in U.S.

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    There are cities and towns where sincere efforts are being made to promote better community policing, i.e., bridging the gap of mistrust that exits between many members of society and the police officers who are ostensibly there to serve and protect them, and build better community relations from a grass-roots level. I'm sad to say, however, that the number of police departments that still cling almost religiously to the doctrine of "might makes right" are far more prevalent. The LAPD is but one example at the large end of the spectrum. The Ferguson, Missouri police department is but another at the smaller end of the scale.

    It’s stunning to see how clearly out of whack average U.S. police perception of their place and function in society is when compared to a number of other modern societies that successfully function without arming their police to the teeth. Certainly, there are a lot of factors at play that contribute to the inexorable militarization of our police forces -- willful perversion and abuse of the 2nd Amendment being one of them, leading to an insane proliferation of firearms in America. But what is most disturbing is that this increasing militarization seems to go hand-in-hand with a quite palpable Police-Versus-The Rest of Society mentality that all but guarantees needless deaths like Walter Scott’s will continue.

    Yes, it’s a comic book quote, but it is no less an applicable question for the current situation: Who watches the Watchmen? Police forces across the U.S. desperately need to be reigned in and retrained, if not re-staffed wholesale in order to purge this cancer of “shoot first, make excuses later” that dominates police interactions with civilians.

    Posted in: Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings in U.S.

  • -1

    LFRAgain

    The police are currently only questioning the young man. They haven't arrested him yet, that I know of. Which means the infamous 2-week minimum confinement and harsh interrogation techniques are very likely not at play here. After all, the kid's fingerprints were found, but odds are high that other kids' fingerprints were also found. Considering the victim worked with troubled youths and had her home just above the offices she worked from, the list of possible suspects should be considerably long.

    Posted in: Police question 18-year-old youth over murder of NPO head in Okinawa

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    arrestpaul,

    lager would have been attempting to detain Scott. Scott was resisting arrest. That's an attack on an officer performing his job/duty.

    No, that's called "resisting arrest." "Assaulting a police officer" is and entirely different charge.

    CNN interviewed a 2nd eyewitness, a woman (who's name escapes me), who stated that she saw Scott and Slager fighting.

    No, Gwen Nichols did not say that Slager and Scott were "fighting." She said the following (a verbatim quote):

    “Before what you saw on that video tape, there was like a little tussle over there at the end of that gate down there. It wasn’t on the ground rolling. It was like a tussle like, ‘what do you want?’ or ‘what did I do?’ type of thing.”

    Details matter. Facts matter. Changing a word here and a word there in order to massage a narrative that pleases you most helps no one and only serves to exacerbate an already difficult situation.

    I find it interesting that Scott . . . was shopping for/buying/had purchased a Mercedes Benz???? What's wrong with a Honda, or a Toyota?

    Seriously? You can't find a legitimate argument for shooting a fleeing man in the back, so you attack his choice of car purchase? A 1991 Mercedes goes for anywhere between US$1500 and $6000, not exactly a champagne wishes/caviar dreams sort of bank-breaker, child support payments in arrears or not. .

    It's offensive that you would so blatantly try to justify Scott's murder by calling into question child support delinquency and questionable money management skills, as if either or both were perfectly acceptable reasons to be shot in the back by a police officer.

    Is this what passes for an argument when Slager's evidence tampering and flagrant lying can't be explained away?

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    Texas A&M,

    I owe you an apology. You are correct. Even non-convictions and dropped charges will appear on some police criminal databases (however, not NCIC or NICS).

    However, even had that information been available to Officer Slager, that only leads us to uestion even more closerly Slager's underlying competence as a police officer.

    The data as it is displayed, if we're still talking about Scott's 28-year-old assault arrest, would have included details such as it being a non-conviction, as well as being a 28-year-old charge.

    Additionally, a criminal history would have also included the three prior and most recent arrests for failure to pay child support, a crime which is merely a non-violent misdemeanor under the North Carolina criminal code. This does not paint a picture of a raging, out-of-control violent offender intent on doing the police or public harm. Rather, it creates a portrait of a supposed professionally trained police officer unable to process provided data in a manner that protects the public good.

    Ultimately, if Slager did not possess the professional or innate faculties to incorporate this sort of information into his decision making process in the course of a foot pursuit stemming from a broken-tail light stop, then his qualities as a police officer are no better than those of an untrained amateur.

    At the end of the day, what we have is a police officer firing 5 out of 8 shots into the back of a fleeing, unarmed, non-felon under what is increasingly starting to look like a manufactured justification that the suspect had taken his Taser.

    As it turns out, the suspect was not holding the Taser and Slager had in fact picked it up from where it had dropped near him and placed it right next to where Scott had fallen some 40 feet away. This action alone, willful evidence tampering, is inexplicable and unfathomable from a law enforcement professional, not to mention a felony at both the state and federal level, police officer or not.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 2

    LFRAgain

    I understand why and how the abduction issue is a highly sensitive one to Japan, but the nuclear issue isn't about Japan-North Korean relations. It's about regional relations.

    If Japan is looking to have the moral support of others to help facilitate talks about the abductions, then Japan should propose 6-party talks on the abductions. But hijacking the current nuclear talks only serves to guarantee North Korea will either leave the table straight away, or not come at all.

    Posted in: Should the abductee issue be part of the agenda for the six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear program?

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    LFRAgain

    Here in America, once a person is processed for any crime, it becomes a part of his/her criminal record; and all infractions -- even those that have been resolved in the charged's favor -- come up on in-car police computer systems.

    Umm... No.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 2

    LFRAgain

    This society is so sick

    Don't label all of society because of the actions of a single, disturbed man.

    Posted in: Man drives into 2 kids, father; then gets out and punches father

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    LFRAgain

    Texas A&M Aggie,

    He was arrested in 1987 on an assault and battery charge...

    For one thing, a charge of assault does not pop up in an NCIC data request. Only crimes one is successfully convicted of do. Also, the charge of assault was from 28 years ago, a charge for which Scott was never convicted. So, not Slager was in all likelihood not reacting with some sort of nervous anticipation that he was facing a mad-dog brawler.

    You're stretching pretty desperately here and it's not just a little bit offensive that you're working so actively to try and disparage the victim in order to justify his murder.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • -2

    LFRAgain

    I wonder about many other shooting incidents without video?

    This is precisely the looming elephant in the room that America is only now starting to contemplate. I think on some level, everyone just sort of assumes that there will be one or two horrific abuses of power out over every, say 10, 20, or 50 arrests. But the video demonstrates just how easy it is for a cop to just write up a report saying one thing, when the reality was something far different, a report that the powers-that-be simply accept at face value.

    Considering how casually Slager picked up the Taser and tossed it next to Scott in order to shore up his manufactured account of a dangerous suspect taking a weapon, as well as the seeming nonplussed reaction of the arriving officer who watched as Slager very obviously tampered with a crime scene, I think it's a pretty safe assumption that false reports have been submitted in cases where people were wrongfully killed by a police officer far more often that would allow us to sleep comfortably at night.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 7

    LFRAgain

    The cop will walk...

    I'd be willing to bet my next month's salary that he won't walk. Not from this.

    An unarmed, older suspect jogging, not running, away from an officer who applies lethal force in what began as a simple misdomeanor taillight stop. No verbal command to stop or freeze. No verbal warning that the officer would shoot. And no evidence whatsoever that Scott was any threat to the officer in any way, shape, or form. Slager took careful aim as he squeezed off 8 shots into the back of man being stopped for a broken taillight.

    And then Slager plants the dropped, **spent*** Taser next to Scott to create the appearance of a justifiable shooting.

    No, Slager's not walking away from this. He's going to prison, a truth clearly supported by how quickly his first lawyer abandoned him when the video came to light.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

  • 10

    LFRAgain

    Depressing to read. Mental healthcare in Japan needs a drastic upgrade.

    Posted in: Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    The phrase you quoted was what is technically known as "sarcasm."

    So, in other words, you've got nothing? Gotcha'.

    Posted in: Suga urges Okinawan governor to back down in U.S. base dispute

  • 9

    LFRAgain

    One viewing of the video of the shooting and any doubts one might have regarding this police officer's presumed innocence will be immediately dispelled. The victim, Walter Lamer Scott, was running away, and not very quickly, I might add. He had no weapon in his hands and was not acting menacing in any way, shape, or form.

    Officer Slager didn't make a "bad decision." He took careful aim and walked calmly in the direction of a fleeing Scott and squeezed off at least two very careful shots.

    This was red-handed murder, pure and simple. The uniform doesn't change this fact and "hHeat of the moment" enters nowhere into the equation. There was no heat involved. It was a cold, calculated decision to shoot Scott in the back.

    Then add the obvious evidence tampering as Officer Slager picks up a Taser discarded 20 feeet from Scott's still form and place it right next to him, and we've got a cop who needs to be put away for life.

    Yes, I fully expect the litany of cries demanding the officer be allowed his day in court and to not jump to hasty conclusions. Slager will get his day in court, as he rightfully should. But the video speaks volumes that no defense can rationalize or justify in any court of law, as far as I'm concerned as a citizen and potential jury peer.

    Posted in: White South Carolina officer charged with murder for shooting black man

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    Bertie,

    . . . but 1945 was rather a long time ago.

    So the application of this sort of logic is acceptable when speaking out against the bases with stoic reminders of displaced Okinawans all those years ago. But when ithe War is used to explain the very realy hows and whys for the existence of the bases today, it suddenly becomes verboten? That doesn't seem particularly intellectually honest, does it?

    Either the War is a valid argument for both sides of the issue or it's not. You can't have the proverbial cake here and eat it as well.

    Posted in: Suga urges Okinawan governor to back down in U.S. base dispute

  • -3

    LFRAgain

    Now the United States is administering

    More specifically, the U.S. is administering a parcel of land located on Okinawa. Okinawa itself is not being occupied or administered by anyone, least of all the U.S. military, which, regardless of the personal feelings of individual Okinawans, is there with the blessing and at the behest of the Japanese central government.

    Again, it's the use of charged hyperbole like "occupation" that makes the anti-base argument so shrill to listen to. Sadly, legitimate complaints and issues on the part of regular Okinawans are being drowned out by voices more attuned to sensationalism and melodramatics.

    Posted in: Suga urges Okinawan governor to back down in U.S. base dispute

  • 1

    LFRAgain

    Stormcrow,

    The U.S. Civil War was most absolutely about might makes right. The North with its vast material resources, superior industrial capacities and greater population crushed the South

    Well, now I understand where you're coming from, but you're misapplying the use of "might makes right."

    "Might makes right" does not strictly mean an overwhelming application of force. It actually carries very negative connotations by suggesting that a contestant, through the successful application of force, is able to arbitrarily dictate what is and isn't morally right, typically in opposition to prevailing contemporary moral attitudes.

    For “might makes right” to be applicable to the Civil War, the military capabilities of the North and South would have had to have been reversed. With a Southern overwhelming military victory, the South subsequently declaring slavery a perfectly acceptable institution in a modern democracy would have been a classic example of might making right.

    However, slavery isn’t a morally relativistic issue, as I’m sure you would agree. The North going to war with the South in order to preserve the Union and eliminate slavery was a decision based in morality, not confidence in strength of arms. That the North was materially stronger was only incidental.

    Posted in: Suga urges Okinawan governor to back down in U.S. base dispute

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