NORTH MIAMI SHOOTING: POLICE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT MAN, SAYS UNION

The police shooting of an African-American caregiver, who was lying in the street trying to help an autism patient, was accidental, according to the local police union representing the North Miami officer.

The officer had intended to shoot the patient, whom he thought posed a danger, but accidentally shot the caregiver instead, said John Rivera, the President of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was shot Monday by police — an incident which has sparked outrage. Footage released by Kinsey’s attorney showed his client lying on the ground holding both hands in the air, next to a 23-year-old man with autism.
Rivera offered an explanation Thursday, saying that the police officer opened fire because he thought the white individual, whom they later learned is a man with autism, was going to harm Kinsey.
“This wasn’t a mistake in the sense that the officer shot the wrong guy or he thought that Kinsey was the bad guy,” he said in a press conference Thursday.
“The movement of the white individual made it look like he was going to discharge a fire arm into Mr. Kinsey and the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white man and unfortunately, he missed the white male and shot Mr. Kinsey by accident.”
Rivera said that the video footage of the incident was “being portrayed poorly.”
Kinsey is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his right leg after two or three shots were fired, according to his attorney.
“Mr. Kinsey did everything right, let’s be real clear about that,” Rivera said. He said that the police officer involved in the shooting “wishes nothing but the best for Mr. Kinsey and the officer is praying for his speedy recovery as are we.”
Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN that after the shooting, he was flipped over and handcuffed. A video released by the attorney showed Kinsey lying in the road, on his stomach and handcuffed. Both men were seen flat on the ground with two officers standing near them. According to his attorney Hilton Napoleon II, Kinsey was on the ground for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.
North Miami police said the officer opened fire after attempting to negotiate. Kinsey and his attorney said that the police explanation doesn’t add up. State authorities said they’re investigating the incident.
The unidentified officer has been placed on administrative leave and he issued a statement in form of a text message, which was read aloud to the media by Rivera.
“I took this job to save lives and help people,” according to the officer’s text statement. “I did what I had to do in a split-second to accomplish that, and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.”
Police: Caller reported armed man
A 911 call about an armed man threatening suicide drew officers to the scene just after 5 p.m. Monday, North Miami police Chief Gary Eugene told reporters.
“Our officers responded to the scene with that threat in mind. We had witness statements that there was a gun. We had a 911 call with that same information,” Eugene said Thursday. “However, I want to make it clear, there was no gun recovered.”
Kinsey told WSVN that his patient was holding a toy truck, not a firearm. He said he tried to explain the situation to officers.
Cell phone footage showed Kinsey lying in the street with his hands in the air.
“All he has is a toy truck,” he shouted. “I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
Rivera, the president of the local police union, said that the officers had not heard what Kinsey was yelling.
Kinsey said the footage, released by his attorney, showed the moment Monday when he tried to persuade North Miami police not to harm his patient. He asked his patient to be still and lie down.
“Please be still … get down … lay on your stomach,” Kinsey says in the video.
The man beside him rocks back and forth.
“I was more worried about him than myself,” Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN-TV in Miami.
“As long as I’ve got my hands up, they’re not gonna shoot me, that’s what I’m thinking,” Kinsey said. “Wow, was I wrong.”
So far, Napoleon said, video of the shooting itself hasn’t surfaced.
State takes over investigation
Reports of the North Miami shooting drew swift reactions on social media, with posts criticizing the officer who opened fire.
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Areva Martin, Esq.
@ArevaMartin
#CharlesKingsley shooting by Miami PD proves that even when a Black man puts his hands up in plain view he still runs risk of death by cops
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ace
@bemypalliate
#CharlesKinsey Sick and tired is an understatement. So glad he’s alive to tell his story. Will people start listening now?
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Ryan Grace
@_RyanGrace_
Absolutely atrocious. How do you shoot an unarmed therapist with his hands straight up after he tells you what’s going on? #charleskinsey
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Rienne Camille
@RienneCamille
So glad #CharlesKinsey is alive to tell his side. I’m glad his patient is okay, and that there is documentation…but now, we need answers.
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chicken thot pie
@such_A_frknlady
absent a criminal history, i imagine they’ll be showing us #CharlesKinsey’s school transcripts soon.

“a B-?! shoulda had all A’s!!”
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Kick
@MatthewKick
officer fears for his life, lethal force.

civilian fears for their life, comply & hope for the best…

That’s not freedom
#CharlesKinsey
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Cole
@ColeRN30
America. Where being black is considered armed and dangerous. #CharlesKinsey #StopStereotypes
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shonda rhimes
@shondarhimes
“SAYS?” LOOK AT HIM. twitter.com/usatoday/statu…
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Feminista Jones
@FeministaJones
The only thing #CharlesKinsley did was wake up Black.

In this country, that’s all one needs to do.

Wake up.
Be Black.
Draw breath.
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Michael Armstrong
@Preacher1987
Unarmed. Lying on the ground. Hands up. Fully complying with all orders. Trying to aid his autistic student. STILL SHOT. #CharlesKinsley
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Areva Martin, Esq.
@ArevaMartin
#CharlesKingsley shooting by Miami PD proves that even when a Black man puts his hands up in plain view he still runs risk of death by cops
21h

ace
@bemypalliate
#CharlesKinsey Sick and tired is an understatement. So glad he’s alive to tell his story. Will people start listening now?
20h

Ryan Grace
@_RyanGrace_
Absolutely atrocious. How do you shoot an unarmed therapist with his hands straight up after he tells you what’s going on? #charleskinsey
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Rienne Camille
@RienneCamille
So glad #CharlesKinsey is alive to tell his side. I’m glad his patient is okay, and that there is documentation…but now, we need answers.
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Kinsey’s shooting comes after a pair of officer-involved shootings led to the deaths of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, kicking off a period of national unrest and putting the spotlight again on police use of force, particularly against black men. Kinsey also is black.
Protesters flooded the North Miami Police Department headquarters on Thursday, demanding answers for the shooting.
Eight law enforcement officers have since been killed in separate incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, targeted by gunmen who claimed they were reacting in part to incidents such as those that led to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
“Bringing in an outside agency assures our commitment to transparency and objectivity in a very sensitive matter,” Eugene said.
Prosecutors said they’ll decide whether the officer should be charged after the state agency completes its investigation.
“They will provide us with their factual findings and conclusions,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said. “At that time, we will conduct our own investigation and review all of the evidence to determine whether the actions of the shooting officer constitute a criminal act that can be proven beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”
‘Why did you shoot me?’
Kinsey told WSVN he was stunned by the shooting, like when a mosquito bites unexpectedly.
“When he hit me, I’m like, I still got my hands in the air,” he said.
“I’m like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ ” Kinsey said he asked the officer.
“He said to me, ‘I don’t know.'”
North Miami police have said officers had “attempted to negotiate with the two men on the scene.”
At some point, one of the officers discharged his weapon, police said. In a fact sheet released via social media, the police department said the officer involved in the shooting is a 30-year-old Hispanic male with four years on the job.
“I realize there may be questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions. The community has questions. … I, personally, have questions. I assure you, we’ll get all the answers,” the police chief told reporters Thursday.
‘This is not supposed to be happening in North Miami’
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, condemned the shooting: “Thankfully, Mr. Kinsey is alive and not more gravely injured — but had the officer’s weapon been pointed just a few degrees differently, this senseless incident could have been a much greater tragedy.”
Simon called on law enforcement agencies to examine policies on the use of force and responses to people with mental health issues.
“Without changes in policy and improved training of officers, we will very likely see more needless shootings and deaths at the hands of police,” he said in a statement.
A U.S. congresswoman whose district includes North Miami told reporters she was shocked by the video that shows the scene before the shooting.
“This is like a nightmare to me,” Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said.
“When you shoot a man lying on the ground with his hands up, explaining to you the situation, and you shoot him anyway? Something’s not right with this picture,” she said.
The shooting she said, isn’t typical of the city, which she described as a “melting pot.”
“This is not supposed to be happening in North Miami. North Miami is a city where the police officers and the community gel,” she said. “So many of our police officers come from the community (and) live in the community.”
‘He did everything he could possibly do’
A hospital spokeswoman said Kinsey is in good condition. His attorney called off a press conference with Kinsey on Thursday morning, saying his client was traumatized and speaking with a psychiatrist.
“The reality is that he believed … that if you comply with the police and you lay on the ground with your hands up, and if you speak to them like my client was speaking to them, as Americans, we try to believe that that will not result in you getting shot,” Napoleon said.
Now Kinsey, his attorney said, doesn’t know what to tell his children.
“Physically, he will recover, but mentally, he felt like he did everything he could possibly do and that wasn’t good enough,” Napoleon said.
“You can’t shoot unarmed people, period.”

ROGER AILES LEAVES FOX NEWS

Roger Ailes has resigned from Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations — an ignoble end to his legendary, controversial twenty-year tenure running the country’s dominant cable news channel.
Ailes’ departure is effective immediately. Rupert Murdoch, the 85-year-old patriarch of parent company 21st Century Fox, is now the channel’s chairman and acting CEO.
Ailes, 76, one of the most powerful men in the media business, was thought to be untouchable until two weeks ago, when ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him.
Within days, other women also came forward with similar accounts of harassment. Some of the allegations dated back to the 1960s; others were much more recent. Fox’s 9 p.m. host Megyn Kelly told investigators that Ailes harassed her a decade ago.
Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who jointly run the company, pressured Ailes to resign. Firing him outright was another option.
After Ailes’ resignation was announced, Carlson’s lawyers released a statement saying, “Gretchen Carlson’s extraordinary courage has caused a seismic shift in the media world. We hope that all businesses now understand that women will no longer tolerate sexual harassment and reputable companies will no longer shield those who abuse women… We will have more to say in coming days as events unfold.”
Ailes may also have more to say. He has repeatedly denied the harassment charges.
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In a letter to Murdoch, he initially said “I am proud of our accomplishments and look forward to continuing to work with you as a consultant in building 21st Century Fox.”
However, a corporate source said that “consultant” is not an accurate word for what Ailes will be doing. Ailes will simply “be available to advise Rupert during the transition,” the source said.
The letter was revised to replace “consultant” with “adviser.”
Fox News staffers expressed astonishment about the sequence of events. Some said they believed that Ailes’ exit was a power play by the Murdoch sons, who are said to dislike Ailes.
If that’s what it was, it worked.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch held a conference call with top Fox employees — many of whom are in Cleveland covering the Republican National Convention — to address the news. Sources on the call said that Rupert expressed sadness about Ailes’ departure but encouraged the staff to stay focused on the work in front of them.
“The call felt like part funeral and part pep talk,” Bret Baier, one of the network’s lead anchors, said. “It is a sad day, but we have a lot of work to do tonight.”
Some staffers described feeling sadness at the sudden exit of the man who had shaped so many of their careers.
“I can only speak for my relationship with Roger. I don’t know about all the allegations. I only know — and would like to focus on — the Roger I know,” Baier continued. “A man who was kind to me and my family and was a television genius.”
For others, especially some female employees, there was anger at the fact that Ailes will continue to serve as an adviser and be paid by 21st Century Fox. One source said women were relieved that Ailes had been removed.
Ailes will receive in excess of $40 million, which accounts for the remainder he is owed under the terms of his multi-year contract with Fox.
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Insiders have speculated that Ailes could jump to a rival channel, but the corporate source said the exit deal includes a non-compete clause that would precludes such a move for an extended period of time.
Another option for Ailes — once a feared Republican political consultant — is a return to the political arena. He has had a friendly relationship with the GOP nominee Donald Trump for decades. The two men have been counseling each other by phone in recent days.
Trump, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment on Ailes on Thursday.
Ailes has had health problems in recent years, which may affect his decisions about what to do next.
Ailes is revered by some and reviled by others. Through Fox News, he reshaped American television news and Republican politics simultaneously.
Murdoch tapped Ailes to create and run the network in 1996, ushering in a controversial new era in cable news.
By hiring hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and enforcing a conservative editorial point of view, Ailes developed a virtual public square for the American right and filled a void on television. It has dominated all other cable news channels for 14 years.
The channel claimed to be “fair and balanced,” but in reality its programming was tilted in favor of conservative opinions and Republican politics, reflecting the views of Ailes himself. Fox mixed daily news reporting and nightly conservative opinion in ways that many critics found to be damaging to American discourse. But Fox’s many fans said it was a necessary counterweight to liberal media bias.
Within six years, Fox came to dominate cable news ratings, dethroning CNN, and it has been a wildly successful business, with annual profits believed to exceed $1 billion.
Last year Fox News was the number two channel on cable, behind only ESPN.
Ailes was admired and envied for his talent management skills. But in recent weeks some women have described a darker side.
On the day Carlson sued, the Murdochs decided to conduct an internal review of the allegations.
An outside law firm interviewed present and past Fox employees. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that at least six other women told the lawyers that Ailes had behaved inappropriately toward them.
And on Thursday, Carlson’s lawyers released a statement saying that they had received accusations of sexual harassment against Ailes from “more than 20 women.” The claims could not be independently verified.
After being briefed on the initial findings from the investigation, the Murdochs concluded that Ailes must leave. Exit talks then began.
Rupert Murdoch was on vacation, but flew back to New York early to participate in the talks.
The drama at the network unfolded even as Fox was having its highest-rated year ever, and was three months away from the 20th anniversary of the channel’s launch.
Maybe that’s a convenient time for a change in leadership — or maybe not. The succession plan is unclear. The corporate source said Rupert would be acting CEO for a period of “months.”
But high-ranking sources at the network said they believed that actual day-to-day operations would be run by Bill Shine, the head of primetime and opinion programming, and Jay Wallace, who oversees daytime and news programming, while Murdoch makes some important calls from the top job.
Shine and Wallace were already running things day-to-day as negotiations picked up around Ailes’ departure. Both men are in the running to replace Ailes, and have guided the network in the past when Ailes was absent.
There are conflicting reports about whether a talent “walkout” is possible in the wake of Ailes’ departure. Fox’s biggest stars, like O’Reilly and Baier, have something called a “key man clause” in their contracts, allowing them to leave the network if a key executive, in this case Ailes, leaves.
One of the allegedly rebellious hosts told CNNMoney on Wednesday that, contrary to a report on Breitbart News, there is no organized exodus in the works.
But another one of the hosts left the door open.
A talent agent said the hosts have to consider a number of factors: “Who takes over at Fox? What’s the atmosphere like? What are the alternatives?”
There were many more questions than answers on Thursday evening.

DONALD TRUMP ACCEPTS THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL BID

It’s scary out there.

Donald Trump painted a foreboding picture Thursday of an America adrift as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination with a sober speech in Cleveland.
He invoked a nation imprisoned by its own rotten political establishment and clawing special interests, at risk from terrorists who could be disguised as Syrian refugees and stalked by tens of thousands of illegal immigrant criminals.
Trump has demonstrated a knack for channeling the nation’s mood. His convention message is tailored for a country grappling with mounting anxiety over a rash of terror attacks at home and abroad, and a feeling that something is badly wrong after a spate of shootings of police officers, rising racial tensions and a globalized economy that has left many Americans behind. Trump’s speech may have hit on a message that could propel him to the presidency.
Trump to GOP: I’m your voice
Instead of reaching for inspirational vignettes most nominees use to inspire their nation to greatness, Trump dwelled on the relatives of those killed by undocumented migrants and depicted a violent and dangerous land.
Trump started on the speech weeks ago, but as he went along, he found his vision validated by events — like the Dallas police ambush and the Orlando nightclub massacre — according to the aide who worked on the speech.
“As events happened in real life, obviously, that shaped the focus of the speech,” Trump aide Stephen Miller told CNN.
Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, meanwhile, dismissed complaints that the GOP nominee’s speech, which laid out a Richard Nixon-style law and order message, was overly threatening.
‘It was reality’
“He was going to tell the truth. It wasn’t dark. It was reality.”
In the hall and among the Trump wing of the Republican Party, it appeared that Trump delivered.
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Joni Ernst, part of a new generation of Republicans who have gravitated toward Trump, tweeted that Americans had been abandoned, and Trump had “heard these voices loud and clear.”
Some Republicans found the speech not to their liking. Meghan McCain, daughter of the 2008 Republican nominee, tweeted “The Party I was part of is dead.” Many other Republicans stayed away from the convention and decided to stay off of Twitter Thursday night.
Trump’s strategy was classic populism — conjuring up a dark and stormy world. He played upon his image as a man of action and a business leader to suggest that only he — a non politician — could turn the nation around.
“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” said Trump, who one friend described from the stage as a “blue collar billionaire.”
The power of Trump’s rhetoric was sufficient to drown out some of the most embarrassing moments of a sometimes erratic GOP convention.
No one on Thursday night was talking about Ted Cruz’s insurrection from the convention stage Wednesday when he refused to endorse Trump. And the plagiarism controversy over the speech delivered by Trump’s wife, Melania, was not on anybody’s lips.
The question now, as Republican delegates head home and the political circus decamps to Philadelphia for Hillary Clinton’s anointing by Democrats next week, is whether Trump did what he needed to do in Cleveland.
Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, said that notwithstanding Cruz’s intervention on Wednesday, Trump succeeded in pulling together the Republican Party, which initially viewed him with suspicion around him.
“I think that he united the base,” O’Connell said, arguing that Trump needed to ensure that more than 90% of GOP voters showed up in November if he has a chance to win the election.
GOP unity
But Trump needed to do more than unite Republicans in Cleveland. Given that he trails Clinton by roughly five points in most national polls and is down in many swing states, he needed to broaden his support among non GOP voters.
He also had to prove that he has the knowledge, temperament and experience to be President despite never having held public office.
Only time will tell if he met that bar — the debates with Clinton in the fall will test that proposition more deeply. But his restrained demeanor in his teleprompter speech on Thursday could help.
After winning the nomination with a bull-in-a-china shop persona, some experts also thought Trump needed to pry open a window into his soul and soften the hard edges of his personality.
Though his family excelled at the convention — his son Donald Jr. in particular — it was not clear that Trump will ever change his style.
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Ivanka Trump, the candidate’s daughter, shone on Thursday night with an upbeat speech after she strode on stage to the strains of “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles — a stark contrast to her father’s dark vision.
It is too early to judge the size of the billionaire’s convention polling bump and whether he was able to reshape the race.
But what is certain is that the week in Cleveland lived up to its unconventional billing.
By traditional measures, Trump and his campaign committed what would unequivocally be regarded as a string of serious gaffes. But such is the unorthodox nature of his presidential bid and the unpredictability of an election that has broken all the political rules, no one knows if he is seriously hurt.
Still the two-day plagiarism controversy, the feud with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a state that will be crucial in November, and the failure to make an endorsement the price for Cruz’s convention address were all self-imposed errors that hint at persistent organizational woes.
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Trump’s curious decision to give an interview to The New York Times on the eve of his convention address casting doubt on NATO’s security guarantees that are the bedrock of the West was also a case of unusual timing — not to mention a foreign policy judgment that quickly trigged panic in Europe.
And the week was also notable for its loose organization, as prime-time speakers went long and some of the party’s top future stars — like Ernst — were left speaking to a mostly empty convention hall late at night.
The convention often lacked a clear narrative thread — the theme of each night was lost at times as speakers strayed from the topic. The fixation on Clinton, characterized by cries of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” from the convention floor provided the most lasting image of the convention.
While hating on the Clintons is guaranteed to invigorate Republican base voters, it seems less guaranteed to impress wavering independents in swing states — even given deep doubts about Cinton’s character and honesty.
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As Democrats gear up for their convention next week, some are confident that Trump made little headway among an electorate that is more diverse than his political strategy seems to assume.
“I don’t think they expanded their appeal an inch at that convention with ‘lock her up’ and Rudy Giuliani standing up and screaming,” said Mark Alderman, a veteran Democratic donor and former transition chief for President Barack Obama. “They fed their base.”
The final image of the convention came with Trump and his family basking in cheers on stage as red, white and blue balloons fell from the rafters.
The music pounding over the speakers — “You can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones — might just have been one last Trumpian swipe at the GOP establishment as he heads into the fall campaign.

SHERRIFF AND DON LEMON GET INTO A HEATED DISCUSSION

(CNN)In a heated interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said he predicted the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others.

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“I’ve been watching this for two years. I’ve predicted this,” Clarke said. “This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”
When police are shot, America is the target
Clarke blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for inspiring violent crimes against law enforcement officers, calling the group “purveyors of hate.” Clarke argued that their ideology was false, saying there is no data that proves law enforcement officers treat black males more aggressively than white males.
“This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer,” Clarke said.
The high spirited interview garnered a lot of feedback on social media. Some of those reactions are listed below:

TRYING TIME IN BATON ROUGE AFTER ALTON STERLING KILLING

Four days after the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling turned his city upside down, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police officer Montrell Jackson issued a plea to the embattled community and vowed to do his part to help it heal.

“These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better,” the 32-year-old officer wrote in a July 8 Facebook post.
And, to all the protesters, officers, friends, family and neighbors in need of a hug or a prayer in Baton Rouge, he offered a promise: “I got you.”
One week later, on Sunday, Jackson’s life was cut short in a shootout that left three officers dead and three more injured, law enforcement said.
Jackson’s aunt revealed his identity to CNN, simply saying “Today isn’t going too well.”
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office identified the other deceased as Officer Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola. Of the other officers involved in the shooting, Nicholas Tullier of the Uniform Patrol Traffic division was shot and is in critical condition. Bruce Simmons, who also worked in the traffic division, sustained non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s office reported.
The deadly standoff was the latest blow to a city plagued by tensions in the wake of Sterling’s death. His July 5 death, followed by another police-involved shooting the same week in Minnesota, touched off demonstrations nationwide that have led to arrests and roadway closures.
‘No place for more violence’
As Baton Rouge reels from the events that sent tremors throughout their community, city officials expressed their condolences, and made a call for peace.
“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday. “Obviously our community is hurting, and only through peace can we heal, and that’s going to take meaningful dialogue. There simply is no place for more violence.”
“We are going to get through this and we are going to get through this together,” Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie said at the same press conference. “This is not going to tarnish this city or this department. We are going to move forward.”
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of one of Sterling’s son, Cameron, condemned the shootings.
“We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens.” she said in a statement. “My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing our nation rather than continuing to hurt one another.”
Montrell Jackson
Montrell Jackson, 32, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Montrell Jackson, 32, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson, who leaves behind a wife and four-month old son, had been with the department for 10 years, his uncle Charles Cavalier told CNN affiliate WAFB.
“He just had his first born son, he always wanted to become a father” Jackson’s brother, Kedrick Pitts, told NPR. It devastated him that his nephew will never get the chance to know the great man his father was, Pitts said.
He loved the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans almost as much as he loved his family, his community and his job, Cavalier said.
He was “one of the best guys you’d ever want to know,” Cavalier said.
To those who shared Jackson’s Facebook post after it surfaced on social media, the missive spoke volumes about his character.

It also offered rare, candid insight into the impact of Sterling’s death on officers in the community.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” the post starts, “Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey, what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate it takes too much energy, but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same.”
Kristi Vick Godal, Jackson’s neighbor, told NBC News that Jackson was pained by the events surrounding Sterling’s death, including the protests that followed.
“He loved his city,” Godal said. “It is an absolute tragedy. He was a police officer but he was also a proud black man.”
What Jackson wanted most was for “everyone to respect everyone,” his brother said. He wanted justice for Sterling’s family, but peace amongst all.
“I believe he would want this world to be a better place, to put an end to all this madness and come together,” Pitts said.
The married father described the tension between his identity as a police officer and as a black man.
“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” he wrote.
“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core. When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t know you at all,” he wrote.
To anyone who doubted his integrity he made one request: “Look at my actions, they speak LOUD and CLEAR.”
Matthew Gerald
Matthew Gerald, 41, of Denham Springs.
Matthew Gerald, 41, of Denham Springs.
Officer Matthew Gerald of Denham Springs leaves behind a wife and two kids, according to WAFB.
He graduated from Baton Rouge Police Academy in March and had just been released to work on his own on July 5, his wife told WAFB.
He was a former Marine and Black Hawk crew chief in the Army who “lived to be a patriot,” his friend Nick Lambert said. The two served together as Black Hawk crew chiefs, he said.
Despite his short stature, his Louisiana drawl and larger than life personality made him stand out in a crowd, Lambert said.
“He was one of the true Americans that lived to be a patriot,” Lambert said.
After serving in both the Marines and the Army, and after three tours to Iraq, Gerald wasn’t ready to call it quits, his friend and fellow police officer Ryan Cabral, who lives in Texas, told CNN.
“Instead of slowing down at 40 years old, he said ‘hell no, give me more,'” Cabral said. “Matt was born to protect those who needed protection,” he said.
Less than a week prior to the fatal shootout, the two police officers spoke on the phone. They discussed the tumultuous climate in Baton Rouge, said their goodbyes, and “told each other to be safe,” Cabral told CNN.
Brad Garafola
Officer Brad Garafola, 45, of East Baton Rouge.
Officer Brad Garafola, 45, of East Baton Rouge.
Deputy Brad Garafola, a married father of four, had been with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, according to WAFB.
He was selected as the Civil Deputy of the Month in January 2013.
His brother Brett Garafola confirmed his death in a Facebook post, according to WAFB.
“Brad, I love you very much my brother. I respect and appreciate everything you did for us, this city, and your job to protect and serve,” he wrote.

MICHIGAN GUNMAN WHO KILLED 2 BAILIFFS FACED MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES

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An inmate snatched a deputy’s gun inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse and killed two bailiffs while he was handcuffed, investigators said Tuesday giving new details into the shooting.

Officers killed the inmate, 45-year-old Larry Gordon, soon afterwards, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey told reporters. He said Gordon got into a fight with the deputy while being escorted from a cell for a courtroom appearance at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph.

The deputy who was escorting Gordon is recovering in a hospital with injuries that aren’t life-threatening. A woman was also injured. Her name and condition weren’t immediately provided.

Two court bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff shot Monday inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse when an inmate broke loose and got his hands on an officer’s gun, officials said.

During the incident, Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period of time before trying to leave through another door.

The sheriff said he faced multiple felony charges but did not specify what they were.
Bailey said authorities had “no warning signs” that the suspect would be violent. Contrary to reports Monday, he said Gordon was in handcuffs.

The inmate shot a sheriff’s deputy, killed the bailiffs and then shot a civilian in the arm in a public area, the sheriff said.

During the incident, Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period before trying to leave through another door. The inmate then was fatally shot “by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers,” Bailey said.

“He was trying to escape,” the sheriff said.

Bailey identified the bailiffs killed as Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63. He said the longtime law enforcement officers were close friends of his who became court officers after retiring from their departments.

Zangaro was head of court security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post in Berrien County. Kienzle retired as a sergeant of the Benton Township police department after serving in the U.S. Army.

Both had been employed by the court for more than a decade.

The injuries suffered by the deputy and the civilian weren’t considered life-threatening. Bailey said the deputy, 41-year-old James Atterberry Jr., had surgery on his arm and is “doing fine.” He said the civilian was a woman who also suffered an arm injury. He did not identify her.

“We need prayers and the families need your prayers especially,” he told reporters.

The incident occurred just days after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper, and amid a wave of violence and threats against law enforcement officers around the country.

An official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told Fox News that agents from the agency’s Detroit Division are en route to the shooting scene at the courthouse.

Another law enforcement official told Fox News the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Detroit field office is monitoring the situation in Berrien County, and that FBI has offered its assistance to local officials but is not involved at this time.

The courthouse is located about 50 miles west of Kalamazoo, where an Uber driver killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this year.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Twitter that the Michigan State Police has secured the scene, and is beginning its investigation into the shooting.

Synder called the shooting “a terrible event” in an afternoon press conference, and called for the public to “rally together” to support one another.

“This is a particularly tough time for law enforcement,” he said.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich, who is from St. Joseph, described Monday’s shooting as a “horrific situation.”

“What occurred today in my hometown breaks my heart. My thoughts are with our entire community – our friends and neighbors,” he said in a statement. “This tragic event reminds us all too well that our law enforcement officers have their lives on the line every day not knowing what that day will bring. We have lost two very able public servants and we all grieve for them and their families.”

Bailey said the courthouse would be closed on Tuesday.

5 DALLAS OFFICERS KILLED DURING PROTEST BY SNIPERS

(CNN)Five officers in Dallas have been shot dead during a street protest against police violence on Thursday night. Here’s the latest:

3 alleged suspects are in custody
Fourth suspect dead after standoff
One suspect claimed bombs were planted downtown
2 suspects were snipers, shot from “elevated position”
Obama: “Wretched reminder of sacrifice police make”
Eyewitness: It looked like an execution
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LOUISIANA PROTESTERS DEMAND JUSTICE FOR BLACK MAN SHOT BY POLICE

Protests broke out Tuesday following the death of a black man in an officer-involved shooting outside a Baton Rouge, La., convenience store.

Residents protested on and off throughout the day after Alton Sterling, 37, who was selling CDs, died in a confrontation with police, as video circulated on social media capturing the deadly encounter. Demonstrators chanted, “hands up, don’t shoot” and “black lives matter.”

Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana called for the Department of Justice to investigate Sterling’s death.

“The video footage released today of the shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department was deeply troubling and has understandably evoked strong emotion and anger in our community,” Richmond said in a statement. “I share in this anger and join the community in the pursuit of justice.”

An autopsy shows Sterling died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark said.
Demonstrators blocked the intersection near the convenience store before 10 p.m. CT Tuesday night. They eventually cleared the streets and moved to the sidewalks. They told drivers to anticipate another gathering at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning in front of City Hall.

Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller suggested a man selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.

Two officers responded and had some type of altercation with the man and one officer fatally shot the suspect, McKneely said. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department policy, he said.

The officers have not been identified.

Cellphone footage circulated on social media purporting to capture the deadly police encounter: In it, an officer tells Sterling to get on the ground. Seconds later, a second officer tackles him to the ground.

One officer holds down Sterling’s left arm, while his second arm was out of view. At one point, an officer yells, “He’s got a gun! Gun!” He pulls his service weapon and fires at Sterling.

The convenience store’s owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled the man. Muflahi said as Sterling fought to get the officer off of him, the first officer shot him “four to six times.”

The owner said he saw officers remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting, but that Sterling did not have a gun in his hand at the time.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, who was briefed by the police chief, told WAFB-TV that the officers were wearing body cameras but the cameras fell off during the struggle and did not capture the shooting.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Step Solis on Twitter: @stephmsolis

CENTRAL PARK EXPLOSION LEAVES ONE COLLEGE STUDENT INJURED

A stroll with friends through New York’s Central Park ended in a horrific accident, with a University of Miami student severely injuring himself.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, Connor Golden, 18, and two friends jumped off a rock in the park, setting off an explosion that nearly blew off Golden’s leg. The three landed on an explosive device that had been left in the park. The other two were uninjured.
Police are trying to figure out how the explosive device got in the park. They have said they do not believe the three men played any role in the construction of the device that went off.
Roberta Elizabeth Golden, the Virginia teen’s grandmother, told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that he had undergone an operation and his parents were at his side. “The surgery was to remove his foot. And he will have a second surgery to remove farther up his leg, as I understand it, under his knee, and that will be done, as I understand it in a few days,” she said.
She described her grandson as an active, ambitious young man. “Some people say, ‘Well, they’ll have prosthetics,’ and you know he’s eager for everything else, but his life will never be the same,” she told the TV station in Washington.
Responding to the explosion, the student’s school issued a statement Monday identifying Golden: “The University of Miami’s thoughts and prayers are with Connor Golden as he recovers from this horrific accident that took place in Central Park Sunday morning. We will provide Connor and his family with complete support through his recovery and rehabilitation.”
A preliminary investigation suggests the explosion was an “experiment with fireworks or homemade explosives,” Deputy Chief John O’Connell said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
“We do not have any evidence of a constructed device or commercial-grade fireworks,” he said. “There are no specific, credible threats directed at New York or the July Fourth celebrations.”
He said it wasn’t unusual for people to try and make homemade fireworks around the Fourth of July, but he cautioned that such activity is “completely unadvisable.”
Witnesses said the sound of the blast rippled through the park like a “cannon,” scaring birds off trees. Some assumed it was a firework given the holiday weekend.
Nonetheless, the blast rattled New Yorkers, especially in the wake of recent acts of terror in the United States and elsewhere.
Evidence suggested the work of amateur hobbyists possibly experimenting with explosives during the July Fourth holiday, bomb squad commanding officer Lt. Mark Torre said.
He estimated that the explosive had been in the park for more than a day.
Torre said someone may have tried to set the device off earlier and left it behind when it didn’t appear to work.
“Clearly, I would say that this is somebody that had knowledge of chemistry. But you don’t have to be anything more than good with computers to get enough knowledge of chemistry to be able to create something of this type … from readily available materials, unfortunately,” he said.
He added that “there’s nothing to indicate that this was an explosive device that was placed or put in this area with a specific intent to harm any individuals.”